The Best Turkey Trots You Should Run

What better way to kick-off a food-centric holiday than with a fun bout of physical activity?
Staff Writer

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For runners and non-runners alike, participating in turkey trots is among the country’s most popular Thanksgiving Day traditions.

Even better, most turkey trots are held in support of charitable organizations and causes, which allows people to celebrate what the day is really all about—giving thanks and giving back.

There are about 1,000 Turkey Trots across the U.S., typically 5Ks or 5-milers, and ranging from the seriously competitive to serious fun.

All across the country, from big cities to small towns, communities continue to host turkey trot races because the season just wouldn’t be complete without them.

Another bonus of participating is health. Most people will likely consume 2,500-4,500 calories at the Thanksgiving meal. You’d have to run a marathon to burn that lot off. While this is not going to happen, turkey trots are a good start.

From the lake shores of the West Coast to the East Coast’s New England area and everywhere in between, here’s a look at some of the top turkey trot races all around the U.S.

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