Issaquah Turkey Trot collects $8,000 for local food bank

December 13, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Executive Director Cori Kauk (left) accepts the donation from Heather, Mason, Wesley and Tom Matthews (from left). Contributed

The runners at the Thanksgiving morning Issaquah Turkey Trot — some dressed in Pilgrim- and poultry-inspired costumes — raised $8,000 for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

The donation comes as the food bank serves clients during the holiday season. Race organizers presented a check to food bank managers Dec. 9.

“The spirit that was there that day — everybody came together. I felt that united our community, especially for the purpose that we had,” organizer Heather Matthews said. “It gives me a lot of happiness to see what a great community we belong to.”

Participants also collected 213 pounds of food to donate to the food bank.

Overall, more than 600 runners participated in the 5K race. Matthews said a man came dressed as a Pilgrim and another group came dressed as the feathered characters from “Angry Birds.”

The cool, clear conditions led more than 50 people to participate in the run the morning of the event. (The morning the Issaquah Turkey Trot debuted in November 2010, snow greeted the runners.)

Cori Kauk, food bank executive director, also ran in the Issaquah Turkey Trot.

“By 8:45, I looked out and the Pickering Barn parking lot was just packed full of people,” Matthews said. “Everyone was excited and happy and having a good time.”

In addition to the grown-ups starting at Pickering Barn, the event included the Gobble Wobble, a race for more than 160 children.

Matthews founded the Issaquah Turkey Trot last year after participating in the Seattle Turkey Trot in 2008 and 2009. The plan is to continue the Issaquah race next Thanksgiving.

“Hopefully, we’ll raise even more money,” she said. “It’s perfect timing for the Issaquah food bank, because it needs those extra funds for the holidays.”

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2 Responses to “Issaquah Turkey Trot collects $8,000 for local food bank”

  1. Melani Verner on December 13th, 2011 11:23 pm

    I love seeing the positive influence that one person can have on an entire community! She liked to participate in this race in other communities so she decided to bring it to her home town! In turn this will help so many people in need. Thank you for posting this successful event!

  2. Marlyn on December 15th, 2011 5:13 pm

    What a wonderful story about how people can help those who need assistance in these difficult times. I have read about her work before and I am impressed by her dedication.

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