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.



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