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Turkey trot

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Man dressed as a Turkey takes part in a 10K run on Thanksgiving Day

A turkey trot is a fun run or footrace, usually of the long-distance variety, that is held on or around Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Traditionally, turkey trots are held because Americans anticipate indulgent Thanksgiving feasts and run in turkey trots to burn off calories before the big meal.[citation needed] Turkey trots are also held in the United Kingdom, usually shortly before or after Christmas Day.

In the United States, 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.[vague] Turkey trots range in size from just a few dozen runners to tens of thousands.[citation needed] Most turkey trots benefit local charities[citation needed]. First prize for winning turkey trots is often[vague] an actual frozen turkey that the winner can use for his or her family's Thanksgiving feast.

Some turkey trots are prediction races - watches are not allowed, with prizes for finishing closest to your predicted time. Some races have prizes for costumes.

Notable racesEdit

Cuero, Texas, holds a turkey trot every November where hundreds of turkeys parade through the town (1912).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dana Point Turkey Trot – Run the Race Before You Stuff Your Face!". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  2. ^ "Mile High United Way Turkey Trot | Mile High United Way". Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  3. ^ "11,000 to participate in Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, nation's largest". Northside Neighbor. November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Larkin, Duncan (November 24, 2010). "No More Thanksgiving Marathon For Atlanta". Competitor. Retrieved December 4, 2018.