No one can argue that this is a time when we all need community, goals to look forward to and ways to help those in need. Matt Miller and Stockard Simon, founders of the North Bend Beer Runners, are looking for ways to keep their running group alive during the pandemic and to find ways to help the Snoqualmie Valley community during these trying times.
The North Bend Beer Runners is a community-based running group that typically meets every Thursday to run/walk and support local businesses in the Snoqualmie Valley. The group welcomes new runners of all abilities, and yes, even walkers and non-drinkers.
During the Holidays, the North Bend Beer Runners typically do a donation run that supports the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. The Turkey Trot format, a tradition for many runners during the Holidays, is always a great way to bring communities together. This year more than ever, it is important to help people get outside, support local businesses, and give to those in need.
The NBBR 1st Annual Turkey Trot is an event for the whole family. While the hope is that in the future, this will be an in-person event, this year’s Turkey Trot will be virtual and participants can do their run/walk at their own convenience anytime from Tuesday, November 24-Sunday, November 29.
The Turkey Trot will have 3 different distances: 1/2 mile, 5k, and 5 miles, all with routes you can follow on Strava, Garmin, or an online/print map. The course will not be officially marked or timed (just like a typical North Bend Beer Runners weekly run), but there will be an optional leaderboard for those who wish to compete.
The NBBR 1st Annual Turkey Trot is a suggested donation of $10/person with all proceeds benefiting the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. For more information and to register, please view NBTurkeyTrot.eventbrite.com.
If you cannot participate in the event or are curious to learn about other ways to contribute, visit the contributions page on the SVFB donation page. There are many ways to help out, from direct monetary donations, investment fund gifts, and food. This year presents an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference with so many of our neighbors struggling.
With the inaugural NBBR Turkey Trot virtual race, you can simultaneously remain socially distant, exercise, and bask in the outdoors while engaging with and contributing to the community’s wellbeing. We hope to see you there — Cheers!
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