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Find a Turkey Trot Near You

There is no reason to just eat and eat and eat on Thanksgiving. You can start your day off with a Turkey Trot, and I am not talking about the ragtime dance from centuries past, but if you want to do that I am sure you would be burning some calories.

Nope, I talking about Turkey Trots, aka Gobble Runs, as in fun runs. Many towns sponsor fun runs on Thanksgiving Day so you can get out into your community, run with your neighbors, and start your day of indulgence off with some exercise.

The races vary in length, but most are 5k (3.2 miles) and are considered fun runs. So the focus is on having fun rather than the competition. Meaning nobody is going to think your are ruining the race if you walk the entire course.

To find a run in your area check out the Turkey Trot race locator at You can sign up for your race on, too! I will be running in early in the morn on T-day, on the outskirts of Philly. Wish me luck!

Are you participating in a run on Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments section below.


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elleb elleb 9 years
I am going to be running the Turkey Trot 5K in Orlando, FL - this will be my 4th year running on Thanksgiving morning. I think it is by far the best way to start the day, I look forward to it every year. Good luck to everyone running that morning too!
susanec susanec 9 years
I just got roped into the one in Boulder (haven't been running).
smesker smesker 9 years
I'll be running the 5K turkey trot in Lawrence, KS - go jayhawks!
sammiben sammiben 9 years
I'll be running in the 5K Turkey Trot in Parkville, Missouri. This will be my 4th year. It's become a bit of a Thanksgiving tradition. There's always been someone in the family who runs it. I've given my boyfriend a break this year, and my mom will be running with.
lintacious lintacious 9 years
i'll be running the turkey trot in flemington, nj on thanksgiving day! it'll be my second 5k, so i'm really looking forward to it.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I am stoked that so many of you are running in Turkey Trots! dubsiel, the addition of bourbon cracks me up! and schnappycat, don't fret there will be many races for you after you have your baby. Just take a nice walk or hike instead.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
My husband and I have done our local community's Turkey Trot 5K a few years, but unfortunately this year I'm pregnant and not feeling great and he has an injury from a previous marathon. So I think Thanksgiving will be a lazy day here. I'm bummed. It is such a great way to start a day of indulgence!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm doing my very own Turkey Trot. I'll be running 11 miles in the park in my neighborhood. It's free and I can work up an appetite for turkey!
syako syako 9 years
That's a fun idea biochemlovely. Maybe I can convince my dad, my sister and brother in law to do our own trot as well! There aren't any real trots in my area :(
dubsie1 dubsie1 9 years
This is a great idea - I've actually decided to train for a 1/2 marathon throughout the holidays to keep those pesky holiday pounds off.
biochemlovely biochemlovely 9 years
My friends are hosting our own version of the Turkey Trot: a two mile run topped off with a shot of Wild Turkey bourbon. Maybe not very healthy, but it sure is fun!
Historygal3 Historygal3 9 years
Me and some of my bariatric patients are running the Tidewater Striders Turkey Trot in Virginia Beach. It's my first 10K so I'm really excited!
anned anned 9 years
I love running the turkey trot in andover, ma...they give out free pies at the end!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
I ran in a Gallop and Gorge 8K last year. We'll be traveling for the holiday, but I might be able to find a run in northern NJ for Thanksgiving morning. Good luck all on your runs!
adelka adelka 9 years
I'm running Detroit's Turkey Trot before the parade that's on TV! It's my first 10k! EXCITED!!
RunnerLiz RunnerLiz 9 years
I'm running the 40th annual Turkey Trot in Dallas, the 8 mile race.
thirtythreezero thirtythreezero 9 years
im going to the 20th annual davis turkey troy on the 17th for the first time, and for the 8th time, I'm going to Sacramento's run to feed the hungry on thanksgiving day. Its something I always look forward to!
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