The 36th Annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot
Sunday November 11th 2012
THANKS to you all who came out & supported the shortest ever event!
Official distance – we now realize – thanks to GPS technology was closer to 2 miles than 4! But everyone had a fun time running in the snow (or so it appeared).
For those of you who couldn’t make it this year – we had extremely icy roads that we deemed it unsafe to run a race on. Some folks chose to run the lake anyway, but volunteers came up with a fun alternative in the Park which kept racers away from the road.
Thanks again to our volunteers, sponsors, Town of Truckee, our Police Department and our Public Works for supporting the event
- The Town of Truckee
- Truckee Parks and Rec
- Truckee Police Department
- Truckee Public Works
- Snow Removal Solutions
- Treat Box Bakery, Safeway, Savemart, Grocery outlet, and SPD market
Date is yet to be announced for the 2013 event. We hope to pick a weekend that it doesn’t snow next year!
The idea of a fun race around Donner Lake was hatched back in 1976 by a small group of enthusiastic runners who wanted to make room for all the turkey and pies they were going to be eating in the weeks ahead.
34 years later the Donner Lake Turkey Trot is a popular event attracting 200 runners from Reno, Sacramento & The Bay Area as well as many locals who enjoy the excuse to support a good cause & get out for a morning run/walk
Auburn Ski Club Junior Nordic Team organizes the race as a fundraiser and a way to get ready for the ski season.
The history of the event has always been to be fun and funky and happens regardless of the weather. The event has happened with snowstorms, below freezing temperatures, ice, rain and beautiful sunny days.
Auburn Ski Club has upgraded the timing of the event from the self timing days, but still tries to keep the spirit of fun and families.
Make room for all those pumpkin pies and treats!
Starting an finishing at West-End beach – South Shore Drive – Donner Lake.
Day of registration & Bib pick up are at the same location. New reg by 9:45 please. Pre-reg pick up right till race start
- 9:30am – Walkers start
- 10am – Kids “Mashed potato Mile” race starts. Medals for kids in the mile
- 10:30am – 7 mile race starts
- Well behaved dogs on a leash welcome
- Moms and or dads and Strollers are welcome too
Entry fees are kept low at just $15 for adults, $10 for 18 & under, $5 for mashed potato mile if you pre register
$25 for adults, $20 for 18 & under, $10 for mashed potato mile if you wait till race morning.
Turkey Trot Results
Turkey Trot 2012 – (2 mile snow course – due to black ice & snow)
Turkey Trot 2011 – cancelled (The town did not issue a permit!)
1987-2005 results coming soon
Turkey Trot 1978 First Race!
Event photos – click here