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9 Must-Do Turkey Trots Across the Nation

We've curated some of the biggest and most popular turkey trots across the nation to check out this year.

You can find an event pretty much anywhere on the busiest race day on the calendar—Thanksgiving. Yes, turkey trots are everywhere, as people enjoy burning a few calories before hunkering down for a feast. We offer nine of our favorites here, but you can find one close to you on our race calendar. Happy racing … and eating!

Dana Point Turkey Trot
Nov. 26; Dana Point, Calif.

This 38th annual event is a lot more than your traditional neighborhood turkey trot, routinely drawing more than 11,000 runners. The event features a health and wellness expo the day before, then a 10K, 5K, 5K Masters and kids’ run on Thanksgiving Day. There’s even a costume contest for those who want to run as a turkey.

Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
Nov. 26; San Jose, Calif.

This is one of the largest turkey trot races in the country, offering something for everyone. It features an elite 5K invitational with a $25,000 prize purse for the fastest runners, as well as a 5K and 10K run/walk for those looking to burn Thanksgiving calories. An additional costume contest and plenty of kids’ races make this a
family-friendly event in downtown San Jose.

Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot
Nov. 26; Naperville, Ill.

The 18th annual event in this western Chicago suburb has grown to be the biggest turkey trot in the state, with 7,500 participants every year. The neighborhood course starts and finishes at Naperville Central High School and attracts a range of runners, walkers and costumed participants. Spoil your appetite with the post-race pancake breakfast.

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Mile High United Way Turkey Trot
Nov. 26; Denver

More than 10,000 people make this 4-mile race, starting at South High School and finishing in Washington Park, a part of their holiday festivities.  All funds raised go toward supporting programs for childhood literacy and other local United Way programs. The finishers’ village includes plenty of giveaways and a beer garden for adults.

Arlington Turkey Trot
Nov. 26; Arlington, Texas

This sixth annual event takes full advantage of Arlington’s big-time sports amenities with a 5K out-and-back course that runs past both the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys home
stadiums. A 1-mile fun run is also available, and the event benefits The Shoe Bank, which provides more than 25,000 pairs of shoes each year to those in need.

New Orleans Athletic Club Turkey Day Race
Nov. 26; New Orleans

Any race that manages to last a double-digit number of years deserves respect, but when you get to triple digits, that’s an institution. The 108th annual Turkey Day Race continues to draw runners to the 5-mile run and half mile youth race in City Park to raise money for Spina Bifida of Greater New Orleans.

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Feaster Five Thanksgiving Road Race
Nov. 26; Andover, Mass.

You won’t end up saving many calories at the 27th annual Feaster Five, which serves up apple pie to all finishers after the race. The 10,000 participants in this event run either the 5-mile or 5K run, which both feature scenic courses through Andover. The race hosts a free walk-to-5K training program to get anyone up and running by Thanksgiving.

Manchester Road Race
Nov. 26; Manchester, Conn.

Not very many races date back to 1927, but the Manchester Road Race has been helping runners celebrate Thanksgiving for 88 years. It’s now the largest race in Connecticut, attracting more than 15,000 runners. The 4.748-mile course is a big loop with a climb in the middle and a downhill finish, attracting everyone from Olympic-level athletes to families who make it an annual tradition.

Turkey Trot and Paddle
Nov. 26; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

You can celebrate Thanksgiving with this scenic 5K that takes place on Fort Lauderdale’s A1A Boulevard. Or bring your stand-up paddleboard and take to the water for a 2-mile course just off Fort Lauderdale Beach. Walkers are welcome, and a kids’ dash on the beach will be sure to draw smiles.

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