PORTLAND On Thanksgiving, before sitting down and giving thanks, many in Portland took to the streets to burn off of few calories.

In true Portlandia style, 250 runners and walkers met at Mt. Tabor Park Thanksgiving morning to take part in the first ever Tofurky Trot.

Organizers from the Tofurky Company, a meat-alternative food producer based out of Hood River, said they wanted to provide an alternative holiday run for the veg friendly . Participants got samples of the soy treat, 300,000 Tofurky roasts will be sold this year.

Three thousand runners braved the frigid Thanksgiving morning temperatures for the Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo.

Runners donned turkey-shaped hats, pumpkin pie-shaped hats, even Elvis costumes to take part in the four mile fun run.

The Oregon Road Runners Club put together the event that helps fund animal care and programs at the zoo.

Thanksgiving is also a time for parades and shopping. In New York City big balloons soared along with the crowd's spirits as the annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade was under way.

Photos: Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

On Friday, the annual the Macys Holiday Parade will take place in downtown Portland. The parade steps off promptly at 9 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour.

KGW wants to know what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving. We posed the question on our Facebook page and dozens of people chimed in to let us know what they are appreciating this holiday.

More: Join the Facebook conversation

Thursday is also a calendar oddity. For the first time, almost, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are falling on the same day. In Portland and Vancouver many in the Jewish community were having fun marking the once in a lifetime event of Thanksgivukka.

Thanksgiving is also the lead-in to Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year. On Wednesday, campers were starting to line up outside some of Portland s big box stores.

Shopping Guide: Local Black Friday deals

Best Deals by Day: Thursday vs Black Fri. vs Cyber Mon.

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