FFF: Why Turkey Trot?

There’s nothing better than a race before stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving Day!!

According to this article, the turkey trot is the most popular race in America.

In 2009, I ran my first turkey trot & I did it in Central Park in Schenectady.  In 2010 & 2011, I did one in my hometown.

I was injured in 2012 and then in 2013, my favorite local turkey trot went NON-TIMED.

So in 2014, I joined the Troy Turkey Trot Challenge group and ran a 10k on Thanksgiving Day.

And I have run a turkey trot in Troy almost every year since. (Some years I ran BOTH the 10k and 5k there).

And I plan to continue with this tradition as long as I can.

Why should you run a turkey trot?

1. FOMO.  Everyone else is doing it.

There are so many scheduled around the country. I’m sure that you will be able to find one near where you live.

2. You can wear a costume or enjoy viewing others’ costumes.

This is about as festive as I could be and still compete:

3. It’s a stress-free race.

Many people will walk it.  Or just run it for fun.

4. Make it a family affair.

As I said above, you don’t have to be a runner to do a turkey trot. Get your family to join you!!

Troy Turkey Trot (@TroyTurkeyTrot) / Twitter

Ok, not successful.  One year, I got my hubby to sign up for the 5k… (but he DNFed).

Still trying to convince my stepson to join me (as he was a runner in high school.)

5.  You can justify that extra helping of stuffing or extra piece of pumpkin pie.

 Happy Running! Do you usually run on Thanksgiving Day? Will you this year? Please share.







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14 thoughts on “FFF: Why Turkey Trot?

  1. Oh yes, I’m all about trotting on Turkey Day! This year, it’s our 11th annual Trot and I’m excited to hit the streets in my turkey-themed pom pom hat (and all the essential layers, LOL).

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  2. since we are away this weekend, I am missing the 2 races I like to do. We are having an MRTT turkey trot of our own this week. All about getting a run in on Turkey day

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  3. Yep, I’ll be running one! I hesitated for a second because i’m not exactly in “racing” shape, but that’s okay. As you pointed out, there will be people there walking the whole thing. It’s just for fun, and I would have been sad to miss it.

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  4. I’m pretty sure I’ve run some half marathons on Thanksgiving weekend before but usually not on Thanksgiving day itself. Although I haven’t signed up yet I think my daughter and I will be running a race on Thanksgiving this year so that will be a first for me.

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