DC Area Turkey Trots & Races

Thanksgiving is traditionally a day full of family and eating until you are physically uncomfortable. In many US households it is also a day of football and relaxation. But were you aware that more than one million Americans have a different tradition to kick off this typically food-based holiday?  Yes, we are talking Turkey Trots!

Turkey Trots are not a new concept, in fact, the first ever public footrace that called itself a ‘Turkey Trot’ took place in 1896 in Buffalo New York. The race has been held every year, even during World War I, the 1918 flu pandemic, World War II, and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Today, participants run in over 1,000 races on Thanksgiving, making it the most popular day of the year to race.

It may seem shocking that a holiday that boasts gluttony would also be famous for exercise, but we like to think that’s just healthy balance. So, if you are looking for a guilt-free excuse to go for thirds this Thanksgiving, check out these five worthy Turkey Trots near you!

20th Annual Trot for Hunger 5K

This Thanksgiving be part of a time-honored DC tradition So Others Might Eat 20th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger 5k. Proceeds from the event are used to provide food, housing, access to health care, and employment training for residents. Register at trotforhunger.org.

Where: Freedom Plaza

When: Thursday, November 24th at 9am

Columbia Island Tukey Trot 5k & 10k

Enjoy a scenic run alongside the Potomac River. This race is in partnership with John P. Mayhugh Foundation which was established to address systemic barrier to recovery and improve outcomes for those suffering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and addiction. More information can be found at bishopsevents.com.

Where: Columbia Island Marina

When: Thursday, November 24th3-5am

Rock the Arlington Turkey Trot with Rock Recovery

Join Rock Recover at the 17th annual Arlington Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving Day and support local nonprofits giving back to the community! Fin d more information at rockrecvoeryed.org.

Where: Christ Church of Arlington 3020 N Pershing Drive

When: Thursday, November 24th 7:30-10am

Thanksgiving Stuffing Stomp 5k & 10k

Come out and enjoy this scenic, flat 5k & 10k in the heart of DC near the Nation’s Capital. Sponsored by Bobbie’s Pit Bull Rescue and Sanctuary, a non-profit working to rescue, protect and improve the lives of abused, abandoned, and homeless Pit Bull type dogs. Online registration is at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/66869

Where: Hains Point

When: Saturday, November 26, 6:45-9am

Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Miler

Come run the Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-mile race with your friends and neighbors. Register at www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com.

Where: 1005 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria

When: Wednesday, November 23 at 9am

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