Now, I’m sure there are a wide range of Thanksgiving traditions out there that people have been doing with their families or their friends or their cats (if they don’t have family or friends). I am also pretty sure that approximately 99% of those lovely traditions involve in some way stuffing yourself with various foodstuffs until you absolutely can’t stuff any more. This is why I was a bit surprised to find when perusing the Seattle Times weekend event calendar there were eight Thanksgiving themed running events listed for both this weekend and next. And those are just the ones the Seattle Times published so I’m sure there are even more.
This means that from Lakewood to Green Lake and beyond people run as part of their Thanksgiving celebration. Now, I should mention that I do NOT run…unless I’m being chased by a bear, or a mountain lion, or a mugger, or, well, I think you get the picture. I do not enjoy running. I am sure that is partly because of my lack of inshapeness and aversion to most forms of excercise. More than anything I think it may have been the public humiliation of having to run in class in grade school and coming in second to last (there was usually at least one kid who was walking just to be difficult, or because they had asthma). The point is, trauma or not, I do not like to run.
I still find it somewhat odd that a holiday generally dedicated to gluttony has so many athletic events. Of course most of them are for a good cause. The Seattle Turkey Trot benefits the Ballard Food Bank and the Wobble to Gobble 5K Fun Run/Walk benefits the Auburn Riverside Mentorship Program. I suppose if you’re using running as a way to give a little on Thanksgiving, then that makes sense.
Also, since running isn’t inherently Thanksgivingy some of the events have added elements to make them a little more festive. The Norpoint Turkey Trot (for some reason half of them are “Turkey Trot”) is having a contest for best Turkey costumes. Because really the only ting better that running, is running while looking like an ass in a bulky turkey costume. By far the most confusing Thanksgiving/running event is the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off which combines running and competitive eating. (Thankfully the mashed potato eating contest is AFTER the running otherwise I imagine there would have also been a spirited vomiting contest.)
So if for some reason you like to run and want to support some nice charities along the way sign up for one of this or next weekends events. Or perhaps if you hate running but feel the need to punish yourself because you ate too much turkey you can also sign up. Either way I’m sure they will be thankful for your support.