Turkey Trot

A Turkey Trot is a fun run or footrace that is held on or around Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Americans anticipate indulgent Thanksgiving feasts and run in turkey trots to burn off calories before the big meal.

In many parts of the United States, Turkey Trots are as associated with Thanksgiving tradition as the meal itself. Many courses used for these Thanksgiving events are run at major certified USA Track and Field road race distances between 5,000 and 42,195 meters. Some organizations hold their Turkey Trots the week prior to Thanksgiving in order to provide festive holiday meals to homeless and low-income families in their community. Turkey Trots range in size from just a few dozen runners to tens of thousands. Most Turkey Trots benefit local charities.

Notable races

Established in 1876, the Buffalo, New York Turkey Trot race is the oldest continually running public footrace in North America. The race on Thursday, November 22, 2007, marked its 112th consecutive start.

Other notable Thanksgiving Day Races include the Manchester Road Race held in Manchester, Connecticut and the Atlanta Marathon in Atlanta, Georgia.

References

Bibliography

*Cobb, Irvin S. "Roughing It De Luxe". New York: George H. Doran Company (1914).


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Turkey-trot — Tur key trot , n. An eccentric ragtime dance, danced with the feet well apart and with a characteristic rise on the ball of the foot, followed by a drop upon the heel. The original form, owning to the positions assumed by the dancers, is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turkey-trot — (izg. tárkitrōt) m DEFINICIJA glazb. vrsta plesa za koji je karakteristično hodanje poput purana; nastao u SAD u 1910. i smatra se najranijim »rag« plesom ETIMOLOGIJA amer.engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • turkey trot — ☆ turkey trot n. a ballroom dance to ragtime music, popular in the early 20th cent …   English World dictionary

  • Turkey trot — The turkey trot was a dance made popular in the early 1900s. The Turkey Trot was done to fast ragtime music popular in the decade from 1900 to 1910 such as Scott Joplin s Maple Leaf Rag. It lost favor to the Foxtrot in 1914.The basic step… …   Wikipedia

  • turkey-trot — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ intransitive verb Etymology: turkey trot : to dance the turkey trot * * * /terr kee trot /, v.i., turkey trotted, turkey trotting. to dance the turkey trot …   Useful english dictionary

  • turkey-trot — /terr kee trot /, v.i., turkey trotted, turkey trotting. to dance the turkey trot. * * * …   Universalium

  • turkey trot —  A turkey trot is “ the practice of transferring a marginal, incompetent, or problem employee from one department or job to another.” (Across the Board, Nov./Dec. 1994, p. 52) …   American business jargon

  • turkey trot — tur′key trot n. mad a ragtime dance marked by a springy walk, shoulder movements, and little bending of the knees • Etymology: 1830–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • turkey trot — /ˈtɜki trɒt/ (say terkee trot) noun a round dance popular during World War I, danced by couples, properly to ragtime, the step being a springy walk with little or no bending of the knees, and accompanied by a swinging motion of the shoulder… …   Australian English dictionary

  • turkey trot — noun Date: 1908 a ragtime dance danced with the feet well apart and with a characteristic rise on the ball of the foot followed by a drop upon the heel …   New Collegiate Dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.