Issaquah Turkey Trot raises more than $25,000 for food bank

November 27, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Runners set out from the starting line Nov. 22 at the Issaquah Turkey Trot 5K, a holiday fundraiser for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. Contributed

For the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s largest fundraiser all year, the Issaquah Turkey Trot, Heather Matthews set out to raise $15,000 to stock the shelves.

Instead, in a bountiful Thanksgiving haul, she collected more than $25,000 for the food bank, topping the goal and the previous races last year and in 2010.

On Thanksgiving, before the feast, about 1,500 people joined the Issaquah Turkey Trot 5K to raise money for the food bank and burn some pre-meal calories.

Many participants donned holiday-themed attire, including a pair of runners dressed head to toe as Thanksgiving turkeys.

The race is geared for families, and children participated in the Gobble Wobble — a race to collect punches on a card at stations set up along the way — as adults zoomed across the 3.12-mile course.

How to help

Find a list of needs and donation information for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, or make a monetary donation to the nonprofit organization, at

The holiday season is a busy time for the downtown Issaquah food bank.

The food bank serves clients from throughout the Issaquah School District — from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.

In 2010, Matthews launched the Issaquah Turkey Trot after competing in similar races in Seattle. In the initial outing, runners raised more than $4,600 for the food bank. The event collected $8,000 for the food bank last year.

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