David O’Neil, a Magnolia resident and president of the Ballard Food Bank board, gobbles for the fun run while wearing a turkey costume at this year’s Halloween events in Magnolia Village.

David O’Neil, a Magnolia resident and president of the Ballard Food Bank board, gobbles for the fun run while wearing a turkey costume at this year’s Halloween events in Magnolia Village.

Before you feast on turkey this Thanksgiving, how about running a 5-k fun run and do something good for the community in the process.

The fifth annual Seattle Turkey Trot, a fun, family-friendly event to benefit the Ballard Food Bank, will take place Thanksgiving morning in Ballard.

Calling all Thanksgiving-day couch potatoes! The fifth annual Seattle Turkey Trot, a 5 K fun-run or walk, will take place Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, at 9 a.m. at 32nd Avenue Northwest and Northwest 85th Street, in Ballard. Registration is $25; the deadline is November 15th. All proceeds from this family-friendly event will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

Last year, 1,100 people participated and over $19,000 was donated to the Ballard Food Bank. 2,000 participants are expected this year.

“During Thanksgiving, people spend a lot of time thinking about food. We want to raise money for those in our community who are helping the hungry,” says Matt Ramme, one of the event’s organizers. “We chose the Ballard Food Bank because it is a local non-profit and people can connect the run with a nearby organization.”

Ballard Food Bank President and Magnolia resident David O’Neal is a strong supporter of the Turkey Trot; this will be his third year participating. David hopes more Magnolia residents will join him at the event. To raise awareness amongst his neighbors, David donned a turkey costume during this year’s annual Halloween celebration in the Magnolia Village.

“Now more than ever, the Food Bank needs our support. This year, the number of households receiving monthly support increased by ten percent to 2,500,” says David.

The Seattle Turkey Trot was started five years ago by Ballard residents Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme and John O'Brien.

“In my family it was a tradition to go for a run on Thanksgiving morning,” says Erin. “It was a way to spend time with family on the holidays and feel better about all the food we’d be eating for the rest of the day.”