Winning a Turkey Trot may not be as prestigious as finishing first in the NYC Marathon, but participating in both is equally fun and exciting. Start Thanksgiving Day in a healthy way with some exercise – whether running or walking five or 10 miles – and win prizes for displaying your creativity with the best costume. Many people take the opportunity to start the holiday by entering a race to give thanks. The event usually has been organized with a charitable purpose. Proceeds go to shelters, food banks and even for medical research. Even more fittingly, most turkey trots are held in support of non-profit organizations and causes.