Sign Up Early For Seattle Turkey Day Trot

With Halloween behind us, and only a few weeks until Thanksgiving, it’s almost time for the annual Turkey Trot around Ballard! The 5k fun run was created by three people who wanted to get in some exercise on Thanksgiving morning to counteract all of the eating that takes place later on in the day, and 30 of their friends showed up to join them that first year; the next year 200 people showed up, and 5 years later, it’s one of the most popular 5k fun runs around Seattle.

The run starts at 9am on Thanksgiving, (November 22 this year) and starts at NW 85th & 32nd Ave NW, traveling down 34th and looping along Seaview to end at Golden Gardens. All proceeds for the run are donated to the Ballard Food Bank. Early registration is $25, and ends November 13th. Late and day-of registration is $30, (day-of sign up is cash or check only). To sign up for some pre-turkey calorie burning fun, or to learn more about the race, visit the Turkey Trot website today.

Free Yoga at Golden Gardens Sunday

Have you ever wanted to try yoga outside? What better way to start your morning than yoga at Golden Gardens?! This Sunday the Ballard Health Clubwill be hosting yet another free yoga session in the grass at Golden Gardens, starting at 9:00 am- 10:15am. The last yoga in the park session was a huge success, so bring your own mat and come on down! MJ will be leading free flow yoga, chanting and meditation, and it’s a good idea to show up a few minutes early to stake out a good spot, and get situated before class begins.

Photo Courtesy of Ballard Health Club

Yogis will meet at the North end of the park before class, and it looks like Sunday will be a nice sunny morning for some outdoor exercise. For more information about the free yoga session, or other exercise classes please visit Ballard Health Club.

The Annual 2011 Christmas Ships Are Coming to Ballard!

2011 Christmas Ship Festival in SeattleSeattle’s annual Christmas Ship Festival officially kicks off this Thursday, December 1st, and you don’t want to miss it when it floats by Ballard.  The 62 year Seattle tradition is a sure way to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

On December 7th, head over to either the Ballard Locks or Golden Gardens Park in the evening to see the largest holiday floating parade in the world. The brightly decorated Christmas ships will stop in front of the Ballard Locks for 20 minutes, starting at 8:10pm. It’ll continue on to Golden Gardens Park and be there from 9:05-9:25pm. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate, warm your hands by the bonfire and listen to the Dickens Carolers.

If you’re busy on Wednesday, you can catch the ships up near Carkeek Park on Sunday, December 11th. The Christmas Ships arrive in Carkeek Park a bit earlier, around 6:00pm. For more information, check out the full schedule here. Happy Holidays!

Golden Gardens Playground in Ballard to Close This Week

Yarr Matays! Have your lil’ Vikings sail to different ships and embark on adventures at other Ballard playgrounds this week, as the Golden Gardens vessel will be closed this week until Saturday. It appears the Golden Gardens Explorer Dome needs a bit of fixin’. In the meantime, venture over to the Salmon Bay vessel or the Ballard Playfield for adventures and playtime expeditions. The Golden Gardens Explorer Dome will be good as new by Saturday.

Don’t Miss Ballard’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot!

If you’re hoping to consume a few more helpings of stuffing than normal this year, it might be wise to get some exercise beforehand. Fortunately, Ballard is hosting its 5th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, a casual 5k run/walk that takes place Thanksgiving Day and benefits the Ballard Food Bank.

Pre-registration ended November 22nd but you can still register day-of and participate (You just won’t receive a Thanksgiving shirt). The run starts at in Ballard at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th Street by Caffe Fiore at 9am . The route winds down 32nd and 34th until it switches back at NW 57th St and heads down Seaview Ave NW towards Golden Gardens.

To register day-of,  bring a $25 check, with all proceeds being donated to the Ballard Food Bank. This year, the organizers are expecting around 2,000 participants.

For more information, visit the official Thanksgiving Turkey Trot website. Costumes are encouraged!