Run A Thanksgiving Turkey Trot or Food-Themed Race

Run A Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Or Food-Themed Race

Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot (Photo courtesy of Dallas YMCA)

Ah, Thanksgiving and food. They go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. Thankfully, running and Thanksgiving also go hand-in-Turkey-feathered-hand. Why not earn your dinner at a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot? I ran a PR at a Turkey Trot last year and won an amazing box of cat goodies…even though I don’t own a cat. Hey, always happy to win anything at all.

Or better yet, eat and run at the same time at one of North America’s craziest food-themed races. What’s in it for you? Chocolate martinis, lemonade and beer, and homemade Twinkies, just to name a few things. I picked the cream of the crop for SHAPE.com.

What should you eat before you run? Check out this roundup of expert advice, including yours truly, at Steadyfoot.com.

America’s Best Turkey Trots

Run A Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Or Food-Themed Race

A pair of turkeys at the Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot (Photo courtesy of Buffalo-Niagara YMCA)

Did you know there are 1,300 Thanksgiving-themed races in the U.S.? It’s the busiest running day of the year thanks to an abundance of Turkey Trots from coast to coast. I picked 10 of the oldest, biggest, and best to add to your bucket list. One of them is older than the Boston Marathon. Two of them give out whole pies at the finish. Yum!

Read about them all at America’s Best Turkey Trots on SHAPE.com.

10 Food-Fueled Races Around the Country

Run A Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Or Food-Themed Race

The NYC Pizza Run (Photo courtesy of NYC Pizza Run)

Interested in more than pie and turkey? These races put food front and center, including bacon, chocolate, corn dogs, cupcakes, doughnuts, pizza and more. Yes, you read that right: bacon. You’re welcome.

Check them out at 10 Food-Fueled Races Around the Country at SHAPE.com.

Karla Bruning

About 

Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.

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  1. 1

    Fun. I’ll be Gobble Wobbling (what we call the Turkey Trot here) on Thursday.

  2. Pam #
    3

    Fun post. We had a couple of the same turkey trot races on our blog post last week! We will be running the Toys for Tots 5k in Newport News for our third year. We love this kickoff for the Marines and they collect tons of toys for kids at the race. Happy Thanksgiving!
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    • Karla Bruning
      4

      I love toy drives! Give me an excuse to buy toys since I don’t have kids :) Hope you had a great race!

  3. 5

    Great post! There’s NOTHING I like more than a food-themed race, haha. So far, I liked the Hershey Half the best. Running + chocolate = <3

    • Karla Bruning
      6

      The Hershey race looks like so much fun!