If you think the only race happening on Thanksgiving is for the last slice of pecan pie, think again. Thanksgiving is actually one of the most popular running days of the year with over 900,000 joining in on these costume runs each year! If you were debating joining in on this 121-year old tradition, we’ve got your top five Turkey Trot line-up ready for you below.
Where: San Jose, CA
How Far: 10k, 5k, Kids Fun Run
Registration Cost: Adults: $47/Kids Fun Run: $15
Between the elite runners + costume craze, this Thanksgiving race has some serious competition! The top runners compete for over $12,000 in prize money with an additional $5,000 for setting a new U.S. record, so the pace is quick! The race caps at 28,000 runners and fills up each year, so be sure you get your registration in soon! They even have different lengths for children of different ages! See the breakdown below:
- Ages 2-3: 75 yards
- Ages 4-5: 400 yards
- Ages 6-7: 600 yards
Race registration goes to help five different charities in the Silicon Valley area so you can feel extra-thankful sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner after you’ve caught your breath!
Where: Buffalo, NY
How Far: 8k
Registration Cost: Nov 7 – Nov 10: $41/Nov 11 – Sold Out: $50 (Teams: $5 + individual race fee)
Since 1896, runners and non-runners alike have competed in this race which begins on Delaware Avenue and continues into downtown Buffalo. The costume contest happens to be a large part of the tradition and takes place before the race starts, so make sure you get there early! The proceeds from this race go to help provide food for families, and last year the race helped provide over 2,200 meals for the local food bank! So, remember to bring acceptable donations if you’re able.
Where: Cincinnati, OH
How Far: 10k
Registration Cost: Oct 13 – Nov 17: $37/Nov 18 – Nov 22: $39
This year, the Western + Southern Thanksgiving Day Race celebrates its 108th year running! This family-friendly Turkey Trot has grown from 21 runners to over 18,000 and stands as the oldest race still running in the Midwest. The gorgeous course spans three cities, three bridges, and the two states of Northern Kentucky and Ohio before ending beneath the banners in a festive celebration! The money raised by this race has benefitted a number of charities in the area but temperatures can be below freezing, so make sure you’ve stocked up on your cold-weather running gear at SHOP.COM!
Where: Berwick, PA
How Far: 9 miles
Registration Cost: Now – Nov 11: $25/ Nov 11 – Race Day: $35
If you’re someone who runs best with a little motivation at the finish line, this Turkey Day Trot is something you’ll be thankful for. For their 110th year, over 1,700 runners will compete in a fast-paced race for one of 22 diamond prizes! There are a number of categories you can win after enjoying a pasta dinner hosted by the event the night before. Women who qualify will go home with pendants and men with rings, and you can’t beat that for a $35 registration fee!
Where: Honolulu, HI
How Far: 10 miles
Registration Cost: $10
Catering towards those who are in marathon-shape, this long but scenic race offers gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean to start your Thanksgiving as you navigate rugged mountain roads. Aside from the views, the race has something else that sets it apart: winners are not chosen by fastest finishing time. Instead, this race rewards those with a consistent pace and an accurate guess. Runners write their anticipated finishing time on a popsicle stick before beginning, and whoever finishes closest to their time leaves victorious!