Michael Harthorne
The first wave of runners takes off at the third annual Seattle Turkey Trot, a fundraiser for Ballard Food Bank, Nov. 26. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

Turkey Trot-ers swarm Ballard Thanksgiving morning

Undeterred by a steady drizzle and the possibility of a relaxing holiday morning, hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers turned out for the third annual Seattle Turkey Trot Nov. 26 in Ballard.

More than 700 people had pre-registered for the 5K fun-run and walk, and registration was still open minutes before the race started.

Some participants donned serious running attire. Others dressed for the day, wearing feathered headbands, turkey hats or full-on Pilgrim garb.

"We are amazed and very pleased with the number of people here," said Nancy McKinney, director of the Ballard Food Bank.

The Turkey Trot is a fundraiser for the food bank. McKinney said she was not sure how much they raised with this year's race, but she guesses it is more than $15,000.

The numbers for Turkey Trot 2009 dwarfed those of the previous year, when 200 participants raised $2,500 for the food bank.

Nick Roosa, a 24-year-old New Yorker in town visiting his sister, was the first to cross the finish line.

He said the Turkey Trot, which headed south on 32nd Northwest from 85th Avenue Northwest and ended at Golden Gardens, was a lot of fun. He has raced in a lot of them but never won.

Roosa said the biggest challenge of the race was overcoming the rainy holiday morning.

"I woke up at 8 a.m., and it was raining," he said. "I said, 'Man, it would feel great to back to sleep right now.'"

Click the image above for more photos from the event.

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