These Thanksgiving races provide an opportunity to meet up with friends and family, as well as burn off the calories before you eat the biggest meal of the year.
TURKEY TROT 5K, 10K, 15K AND HALF-MARATHON
Santa Monica, California
This super low-key, flat race heads right along the Santa Monica boardwalk. Runners pass the famous Santa Monica Pier and can take a dip in the ocean after they finish. The race also offers multiple distance options for those with holiday obligations.
COMMUNITY FIRST THANKSGIVING DISTANCE CLASSIC 1 MILE, 5K AND HALF-MARATHON
To help those in need, runners donate canned goods as part of their entry fee. In addition, a portion of each entry is given to the Mandarin Food Bank. As a reward, the post-race party tides hungry runners over until Thanksgiving dinner.
TOUGH TURKEY 5K AND HALF-MARATHON
Runners can participate in the entertaining pre-race warmup, and then enjoy Waffle House waffles and chocolate milk after they finish. During the race, half-marathoners traverse through a charming, rolling route. All race proceeds go to support Impact Racing Ministries, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps at-risk children and their families build a better future.
STRUTTIN FOR STUFFIN 5K, 10K AND HALF-MARATHON
Even if you can’t be there to cheer on your runner, friends and family members can download the RaceJoy mobile app to send audio cheers to their runners, track them along the course and receive alerts when runners are nearing their location to ensure they get to cheer them in person.
WILD TURKEY 5K AND HALF-MARATHON
To the delight of adult beverage lovers, this race begins and ends at Pickrell Tavern. Racers receive one drink ticket and post-race bagels and cream cheese. Bring your own hydration because the half-marathon has only one water station at the halfway point, and there are no aid stations for the 5K. A great reason to run the 13.1 miles: Half-marathoners receive complimentary flannel pants.
THANKSGIVING DAY RUN 1 MILE, 5K, 10K AND HALF-MARATHON
Fort Worth, Texas
For runners who don’t want to leave their families on Thanksgiving, the Thanksgiving Day Run 1 Mile, 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon accommodates everyone. The race allows dogs and strollers, and kids 12 and younger can participate in the fun run for free.
THANKFUL 13 5K AND HALF-MARATHON
The Thankful 13 is the only Thanksgiving Day half-marathon in Utah. Eight miles of the course runs through the Jordan River Parkway Trail, providing views of the Jordan River and adjacent wildlife. Participants can pay it forward on this day of thanks, as a portion of the proceeds benefit The Now I Can Foundation — a charity helping disabled children become more independent.
WATTLE WADDLE HALF- AND FULL MARATHON
Starting and finishing in Seattle’s quirky Gas Works Park, runners get the rare opportunity to complete a full marathon on Thanksgiving, giving them a glorious calorie deficit going into the big meal. With limited support compared to typical marathons, thirsty runners should plan to carry their own water bottle. There will be hot cider and cocoa.
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