12 Top Turkey Trots Across the U.S.

A look at some of the country's top Thanksgiving Day races

For runners and non-runners alike, aside from say, football, turkey and pumpkin pie, the turkey trot is one our country’s most popular Thanksgiving Day traditions.

And for good reason, too.  What better way to kick-off a food-centric holiday than with a fun bout of physical activity? Even more fittingly, most turkey trots are held in support of charitable organizations and causes, which of course allows runner to celebrate what the day is really all about—giving thanks and giving back.

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

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.

PMCU O'side Turkey Trot—Oceanside, Calif.

Photo Credit: Rich Cruse/CrusePhoto.com

(Photo Credit: Rich Cruse/CrusePhoto.com)

This California-based Thanksgiving Day race will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year and is somewhat of a holiday tradition for many North Country residents. With a 10K run, a 5K run (the most popular race, we’re told) and a 5K walk and kids run, the event truly has something to offer for everyone. Plus it includes a costume contest and raises money for local schools and non-profit organizations.
November 26, 2015: osideturkeytrot.com

"Miles of Hope" 5K Turkey Trot— Verona Park, N.J.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miles of Hope 5K Turkey Trot

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miles of Hope 5K Turkey Trot)

We love this race because it supports a truly wonderful cause. Each year, the Miles of Hope 5K Turkey Trot is held to help raise funds for Team Zoey, a nonprofit that raises money for the Progeria Research Foundation and that was established in honor of Zoey Penny, a six-year old girl who was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare but fatal degenerative condition. This special turkey trot will host its fifth annual event this year and has already raised more than $143,000 for the Progeria Research Foundation.
November 28, 2015: teamzoeyrace.com

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