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Petaluma Turkey Trot & Food Drive

November 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The 11th Annual Petaluma Turkey Trot is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, the run starts at 8:30 am sharp! It’s healthy, social, and fun! Featuring no fees, minimal registration, zero waste, and Turkey Trot beanies for the first 300 runners!

Runners, trotters, and walkers of all ages are welcome. Warm up to music at 8:15 am with KaiaFIT. Feel free to come in turkey-wear! Print your 4 Mile Route Map or 6 Mile Route Map below (not that the maps have ever helped). Luckily, the Petaluma High School Lacrosse Team will be on the trail to point the way!

Trot History

We have grown! This year we are partnering with AQUS Community and Petaluma High School Lacrosse.

The trot started 11 years ago when founder Mary Dooley was looking for a community run to participate in on Thanksgiving morning. Since no such run was to be found, there was only one choice: start one and design a route that would excite and delight. She invited the whole community to trot around in nature and feel darn good about a calorie burn before the big feast. The Turkey Trot is not just a walk in the park (though walkers are welcome).

The first year a group of 20 runners came out, the next year 30, then 50 trotters. Last year was our biggest yet with over 700 trotters! We filled the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s truck with 2171 pounds of food, providing 1809 meals! We also raised $1500 in cash donations.

You may have heard that people get lost in Helen Putnam Park, and it’s all true! But eventually they find their way back to the start and definitely burn extra calories. (More pumpkin pie for them).

We welcome your cans, pasta and cereal as a donation to the Redwood Empire Food Bank – the largest provider of food to people in need in Sonoma County.


November 23, 2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


McNear Park
1008 G Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
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