What is the Tabor Trot?

The Donate Life Northwest Tabor Trot is a fun and inspirational walk, fundraiser, and gathering of the Donate Life Northwest community. 

It's a WALK and gathering? What's with the "Trot?"

Just a little alliteration, but if you really want to trot, you can. Just consider walking a second go round, to check out the education stations and activities. 

Why is it now a week AFTER Memorial Day weekend?

In hopes that more in the Donate Life community can join this vibrant celebration of organ, eye and tissue donation. While many folks have enjoyed spending part of that long weekend remembering organ, eye and tissue donors at Tabor Trot, many would prefer to travel elsewhere for the 3-day holiday, and wanted to try this single-day event on a different Saturday.

Do I need to register?

UPDATE. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. TO SNAG WALK-ON SLOTS, BRING $35 AND ARRIVE BEFORE REGULAR CHECK-IN OPENS AT 9:30. Yes. Space is limited to 500 participants. Visit Register to save your spot.


How much is the Tabor Trot?

UPDATE. SHIRT DEADLINE HAS PASSED, VOLUNTEER SLOTS ARE FULL. SEE ABOVE FOR WALK-ONS. Registration is $35, but early-bird registrants save 20%. Children 12 and under can join you for free. Your $35 pays for the park, fees, your t-shirt, a Donate Life backpack, snacks, permits, etc. If you are signed up to work as a volunteer throughout the event, you are not required to register/pay. To learn about the required volunteer trainings and available assignments to work the event, contact Caitlin Feely at 503.494.3525 or feely@ohsu.edu.


I’m having trouble registering online. What do I do?
UPDATE. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. WE ARE PACKING BAGS AND WILL SEE YOU SATURDAY. Contact Alexis Anderson at 503.494.2289 or andealex@ohsu.edu for help. 

I’m having trouble setting up my fundraiser or fundraiser team. What do I do? 

Contact Alexis Anderson at 503.494.2289 or andealex@ohsu.edu for help. 


What’s the deadline to register?
In order to guarantee a T-Shirt and goody bag, you must register by May 13, 2019.  Online registration closes mid-day, Wednesday May 29, 2019, at noon, and the event could sell out before that. Please register as soon as possible.


Can I register onsite, the morning of the event?
UPDATE. ARRIVE EARLY AND BRING $35 Possibly, but we cannot guarantee admission to additional participants on the day of the event. 

Is this a fundraiser?
Yes, a very important one! By spreading the word with your fundraising page, you are saving lives! Year-round Donate Life Northwest programs rely on individual and team fundraisers to inspire $20,000 in support to inform, inspire, and build appreciation for organ, eye and tissue donation. 


Please customize and share a fundraiser page to share your own story, remember a donor, honor a living donor, and/or celebrate a recipient. It's easy to inspire support for Donate Life Northwest when we each share our amazing stories of donation and transplant. The deadline for determining fundraising prizes is June 3, 2019. People can make contributions to your fundraising team until June 30, 2019.


Visit Fundraising to learn how to set up your fundraiser and options to create or join a fundraising team. 

I can't make it - can I still help?

Want to participate in the Tabor Trot, but can't make it the day of the event? You can join your friends and family or participate as an individual by sharing your story online and inspiring support. Visit fundraising for details, and check out the stories of other fundraisers on the leader boards.

Do registration fees count toward fundraising?

Registration fees help cover t-shirts, bags, park fees, insurance, etc. and we hope a bit is left to support Donate Life Northwest education and outreach programs, but the fees do not count toward fundraiser rewards and prizes. 

Can my children attend and participate in the Trot?  Can I bring a stroller to the Trot?
Yes, children 12 and under may attend for free, but parent or guardian must sign waiver at check-in. During online registration you will have the option to purchase extra shirts. Strollers are allowed.

Can my dog attend the Trot?
Yes, well-behaved dogs that will be leashed at all times are welcome. Please take extra care to keep your dog controlled, as our community includes those with medical considerations that prevent them from safely enjoying enthusiastic canine greetings. If your dog is sporting a great costume, be sure to stop for photos to be eligible for a prize. 

Are human costumes allowed?
Yes, be creative and respectful and show your enthusiasm for Donate Life Northwest! 


Will there be food?
Yes, snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Are cameras allowed? Yes! Share your pictures during and after the event with Donate Life Northwest Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - hashtag #TaborTrot There will also be professional photographers on the course. 


Balloons?Yes, but please keep them well secured and DO NOT RELEASE balloons


Drones? Nope.

Can my family watch / are spectators allowed free of charge?
We ask that all attendees over the age of 12 register to participate or sign up to work as a volunteer at the Tabor Trot (and guardians must sign waiver for unregistered children). If the fee is prohibitive and you are unable to fill a volunteer role (see below), there are a limited number of sponsored discounts available. Contact Alexis at andealex@ohsu.edu or 503.494.2289 to learn more.

How do I volunteer for the Trot?
UPDATE. VOLUNTEER SLOTS ARE FULL. Contact Caitlin Feely at 503.494.3525 or feely@ohsu.edu to learn about trainings and assignments for working in one of the volunteer roles. 

Tell me where to park.
Parking is very limited and the lot inside the park will be reserved for those with mobility issues. Maps and detailed info about parking and other transportation options can be found HERE

How long is the course?
The course with the summit leg is approximately 2 miles long, and a gentler 1.25 mile option skips the summit. Check out the map, here.

What if I'm having trouble completing the walk?
The Trot is intended to be a fun walk  - not a competitive race.  There will be a short-cut to skip the summit, and folks who don't want to walk at all are welcome to have a seat and enjoy the gathering and activities around the start/finish area. The course will be open for a generous ninety-minute completion time, after which, a van will drive the route and can assist anyone having difficulty finishing the walk.

How long will the entire event last?
From 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. After 12 p.m., we will open the park up to the rest of Portland.

Is the Trot timed?
No, but the course will close about 90 minutes after it starts.

What's the bathroom situation?
Two portable restrooms will be located at the beginning of the course, and there are additional brick-and-mortar restrooms at the Visitors Center, near check-in. It's a good idea to go before you walk!

Will there be a packet pick-up? When and where?
Your bag will be at the event, packed with your shirt and any earned fundraising swag, under your name at the check-in station in the picnic shelter.  

Can I transfer my registration to another trotter?
We cannot guarantee a transfer. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact Alexis Anderson at 503-494-2289.

Will there be refunds? What is your cancellation policy?
Sorry, but there are no refunds or cancellations. If you can't make it and don't want to come to the office to pick up your shirt and bag, let us know by the Monday after the Trot. With more advance notice, we can count your payment as a contribution and credit your fundraising page. 

What happens if there is bad weather?
Rain or shine, snow or no, the event will go. Please keep an umbrella or a rain slicker handy if rain is in the forecast.

Will I have fun?
Yes! This is the 5th Tabor Trot, and past participants said they had a great time. They also gave great suggestions, and we are excited to continue improving and adding to the fun and inspiration at this awesome gathering of our unique Donate Life family!