Ten years ago, Gig Harbor chiropractor Dr. Tim Holmes was talked into running a marathon by his 25-year-old son. Holmes is an avid biker, and had never run a marathon before, so he wanted to do at least one organized run before trying in a marathon. He had heard of turkey trots before (Thanksgiving charity runs) but hadn't heard of one in Gig Harbor. Instead of finding an alternative run in another area, he decided to start a Gig Harbor Turkey Trot, with the help of his wife.
“We thought maybe we'd get 50 people max,” Holmes said. “We didn't have a permit with the city or anything. On race day, over 200 people were lined up. Some of them came from places like Ohio.”
Fast forward to 2012—Holmes estimates about 1,800 people participated in the 5k and 10k runs. This year's race is on Oct. 28. The race raises money for the Peninsula FISH food bank and the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church food bank. Sponsors include Holmes Chiropractic, Gig Harbor North Rotary, Gig Harbor YMCA, Costco, Route 16 Running, St. Anthony Hospital and Kitsap Bank.
“We've just got more and more people, it's been great,” Holmes said. “We received about 4,000 cans of food last year. We apply the proceeds to the Rotary club and also give money to the high school scholarship funds.”
In addition to the 4,000 cans of food that were donated, Holmes said they brought in around $15,000 to donate to the Rotary Club and scholarship funds for both Peninsula and Gig Harbor high schools.
The race takes place in the historic downtown area of Gig Harbor, beginning at 8 a.m. at Skansie Brothers Park. The cost is $15 plus two cans of food, and registration can be done online by Monday, Nov. 25 by going to www.holmeschiropractice.net/turkey-trot. T-shirts are ordered separately for $10 (long sleeve cotton) or $15 for the short-sleeve tech. Late registration is $30.
Pre-race number pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 27 at St. Anthony's Hospital from noon to 6 p.m. Runners can also pick up their bib number on race day and are encouraged to arrive early. Holmes said that dogs are not allowed this year. Holmes said the event is always looking for volunteers, and are encouraged to contact Holmes Chiropractic to get involved, at 253-858-5152.
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