November 19, 2014

It's time to trot with turkeys!

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the biggest race day of the year?  I just found out yesterday when this article was published in the Wall Street Journal.  Turkey trots are really popular both in Wilmington, NC where I live and in the Tidewater area of Virginia where Christine resides.  For the past four out of five years, we have participated in one of these races.  Last year, we skipped racing since Dopey Challenge training was in full force!  And if you go back five years, to Thanksgiving Day, 2011,  we toed the line for our very first race, the Onelife Fitness Derby 10k!

The shirt is from our first race, the photo from 2012 race

This year we are geared up to run the Toys for Tots turkey trot in Newport News, Virginia. This local race is offered at a nominal charge of $25 and that includes a long sleeve t shirt!  We consider this race extra special since it is the kick off for the Marines annual angel tree toy drive.  They encourage all the runners to bring a toy and we feel this is a nice way to honor Thanksgiving and the blessings that we have as a family.

Here are 10 great turkey trot race options that I found from a simple search on the internet:

1. TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot:  This race has around 15,000 runners and offers a 5k, 10k and a kid's race.  Perfect for families with all the race distances.

2. Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot :  Held in Clearwater, Florida a 5k wingding, 10k turkey trot, 1 mile gobbler, and Clearwater challenge (running all 3 races) are your choices.  The price is reasonable and this race is in it's 36th year.

3. Atlanta Half Marathon: Several distance races are offered including a Thanksgiving Day 5k, Mashed Potato mile race for kids, and the Gravy Gallop for the whole family.  The option of a half marathon could be great as there would be no guilt eating anything and everything at the Thanksgiving day dinner table!

4. Troy New York Turkey Trot: Held for the first 67 years ago, this turkey trot started with just 6 runners.  They now offer 4 races including a competitive 5k and 10k, and a One Mile Walk and Grade School Mile. This offers something for everyone and a perfect way to start your Thanksgiving morning.

5. 39th Annual Alexandria, VA Turkey Trot:  This 5 mile race had over 5,500 registrations last year. With a reasonable price of just $20 (cheaper for children) and an optional shirt at $10, it is a real bargain.

6. Plymouth Turkey TrotWho wouldn't like to race in Plymouth, where the first Thanksgiving took place?  A five mile race starting at 7:30 am, you will be home in plenty of time to cook and serve the Thanksgiving day feast.  You will also have a photo opportunity at Plymouth rock and the Mayflower II.

7. Mile High United Way Turkey Trot:  A four mile walk or run can start your day off right.  This is the 41st annual race and 10,000 runners are expected to be joining this fun morning at 10:00am!

8.  Dana Point Turkey Trot: This race offers a 5k, 10k and a Gobble Wobble for the kids.  In it's 37th year, this popular California race is the 6th largest turkey trot in the country.

9. 28th Annual Turkey Trot, Baton Rouge:  With a reasonable price of just $25, this one benefits the March of Dimes.  The race starts at the convention center in downtown Baton Rouge, 7:30 am for the 1 mile run/walk and 8:00am for the 5k..

10.  Capital One Bank of Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot:  Runners and walkers have the choice of a 5k walk/run or an 8k run.  This is the biggest turkey trot race in the country.  You also can choose to have a chip timed race, or not be timed at all, taking the course at ease with your friends and family members.

Are you running a turkey trot on Thanksgiving?  If so, which one?



26 comments:

  1. I couldn't talk anyone into joining me this year :( so I am running a virtual Turkey trot with Run the Edge! Have fun!

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    1. Sorry you couldn't get a running pal on board, but a virtual Turkey trot should be fun too and you are free to run when you like.

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  2. Wow I had no idea it was the biggest race day of the year - thanks for sharing the article. It was interesting to see the growth from 2008 to 2014... in five years it 8x in the number of people participating. Two popular Turkey trots within the DC beltway are the SOME Trot for Hunger (5K) in DC and the Turkey Chase (10K) in Bethesda <-my first TDay 10K - its so big now they have corrals - back in 2004 we all started at once.

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    1. It's amazing how popular Thanksgiving Day is for road races. However, it makes sense, because families do things together and lots of these races are more about the fun than the actual speed!

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  3. I have friends that are running a thanksgiving race on thanksgiving day. I tried to join them but the hubby said no. :-( I will be running at home though! And actually I've already done a Turkey Trot this year....it's always done early because it benefits a local food bank that uses the money raised to provide Thanksgiving Dinners to those in need.

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    1. I love the races that help out a charity. We just purchased toys today for the collection at our race. It is fun to be helping out others and racing too

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  4. Oh that Plymouth one isn't far from where I live now, it's too bad I'll be down at my mom's for Thanksgiving otherwise that would have been a fun race to do!

    I did the Manchester Road Race last year which is a huge Thanksgiving Day race in Connecticut. I have to be honest though, it was sooooo crowded (it's 14000 people!). I may still look into doing a smaller 5k in my moms area or something.

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    1. I thought of you Danielle when I wrote about the Plymouth race. It would be a really fun race in such a historic place.

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  5. I'm running my first Turkey Trot this year. Its put on by the local parks and rec for my parents' town, and you don't even register in advance of the race. Its more of a fun run than anything else, but I'm okay with that.

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    1. Oh that sounds fun Kathryn. And if the weather is nice you could wear a costume too since it is a fun run!

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  6. The Turkey Trot has become my family's tradition for Thanksgiving. Our local race even allows you to register your dog to do the race with you :)

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    1. That would be so fun to bring the dog along. However, my little Yorkie would probably want me to carry her!

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  7. I've done the Dana Point Turkey trot a couple of times, once in the rain. It's crazy popular and the views are lovely, but it's a longish drive for me and it's always hard to park, so I feel like the logistical problems can outweigh the fun sometimes. There's always a really festive and spirited feeling that is a really nice way to enter the holiday season.

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    1. I bet it is gorgeous scenery, but a long drive would not be fun. I do love the spirt of our race since it is sponsored by the Marines and benefits their Toys for Tots program.

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  8. Our Turkey Trot is the weekend before Thanksgiving (and requests donations to the local food bank). I rarely get to run it as I usually do the Route 66 half marathon that day. I wish it was on Thanksgiving Day.

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    1. Oh I bet that Route 66 half is a great race. Too bad they don't do a turkey trot on Thanksgiving Day.

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  9. They all sound like great race options. We have one near our hometown on Thanksgiving that's called run for the diamonds which is a ten miler. I have always wanted to do it but it is a pretty steep course and seems to snow every year. Enjoy your Turkey Trot. -L

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    1. Thanks Lacey. Congrats on your great race in Vegas too!

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  10. I am running the Troy Turkey Trot this year.

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    1. Oh I can't wait to read your recap Darlene. It sounds like a great race, but I bet it will be chilly!

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  11. You listed a bunch of great races!! I ran the Dallas Turkey Trot last year (the last one on your list) and loved it! We are staying home for Thanksgiving this year, so I'm running a Turkey Trot that's put on by my running group. :) Can't wait! Hope you guys have fun, too!!

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    1. Oh that's great that your running group puts on a turkey trot. Have fun Karen.

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  12. We have a 5K Gobble Wobble, you can bet I'll be there.

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    1. Cute name Abby. Hope you have a fun race.

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  13. I haven't officially registered yet, but I think I will be doing the Arlington, VA Turkey Trot!

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    1. Enjoy Sue. I imagine that will be a large race since Arlington is such a big place.

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