Some of the Best Turkey Trots in the US: Get some fitness and help a good cause.

Ah, the Turkey Trot. For a while, I was big into running and I loved the idea of the Turkey Trot. Being able to do something good for myself before I indulged with family made me smile. It’s a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday. A holiday where we normally the night before have met friends out for drinks and the party continues for an entire weekend. Let’s be honest it’s never just the one day. I’m guilty of it too! Because it doesn’t stop with just Thanksgiving night, it’s all the leftovers we have to consume after, but I digress. We’re here to talk about some of the best Turkey Trots in the United States that aim to help those in need.

Feaster Five Road Race

I love this race because you’re rewarded with apple pie at the finish line. How great is that? Held in Andover, MA this race is attended by over 10,000 people and all proceeds go toward the local YMCA among other local charities. So, if you’re visiting near Andover this holiday, check it out.  You can register anytime, even on race day.

Registration fees are $40 per person until the day before and $45 on race day. For more information go to: http://www.feasterfive.com/

Plymouth Turkey Trot

What better place to spend Thanksgiving than in its birthplace? And if you can get a run in, all the better. This race is boasted as being historic, scenic and challenging. You have the option to run to 3 mile or 5 mile course while being able to stop and take photos at Plymouth Rock.

Unfortunately at post, the online registration for this race is closed, however, you can still spectate and if you want to participate, donate some money, they may still let you race! 100% of the proceeds go to local charities in the Plymouth area. For more race information go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Plymouth/PlymouthTurkeyTrot

Turkey Day 5K (Boise, Chicago, Miami, Minneapolis and Phoenix)

Turkey Day 5K is a race that is run in several cities including Chicago, Miami and Minneapolis. Bring canned food to the start of the race as your entry fee. Those cans go to local food pantries. Not only will you be doing good for yourself but for others. All of these 5K’s are flat, fast tracks, great for all ages.

For more information go to: http://www.turkeyday-5k.com/races/boise/

Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger

Our nation’s capital is home to one of the largest Turkey Trots in the States. This race is a vehicle to raise awareness and donations for the homeless in Washington DC of which there are over 10,000. The race starts in Freedom Plaza and you have the option to race with or without a timing chip. If you choose to race with a chip it will cost you $5 extra.

Registration is still open until the 22nd. For more information or to donate go to: http://support.some.org/site/TR/Events/TR/Events/TR/Events/TROT2016?fr_id=1190&pg=entry#

Pick one and have fun.

No matter where you live I can guarantee that there is a local turkey trot you can participate in and if participating isn’t for you take this time to be thankful for what you have. Give to those in need. Give your time or what you can afford.

Until next time.

 

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