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Turkey Trot Races In and Around Boston
What better way to kick of your Thanksgiving celebrations than by running a Boston area Turkey Trot!? Turkey Trots have a long, rich history and they have become almost as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as the turkey itself! Now that the cooler weather is here, the holidays are just around the corner which correlates to family time and great comfort food.
Enjoy a run or walk first thing on Thanksgiving morning or in the days prior, before indulging on all the wonderful foods served for Thanksgiving dinner. Join thousands of other walkers and runners in Boston communities in this time-honored, family friendly Thanksgiving tradition and kick off the holiday season in a healthy way. We've rounded up a list of races that offer a sense of community, exercise, and lots of fun, so that the whole family can earn that extra slice of pie.
Ring in the holiday season and avoid the Thanksgiving morning crowds at the Turkey Trot in Artesani Park. A pre-Thanksgiving 3.1 mile race and a 5.25 mile race along the beautiful landscape of the Charles River is sure to get you in the spirit.
Take in the scenery, the breeze, stunning autumn foliage and scenic river views as you get your fitness on for a great cause! Show your gratitude and sense of community and benevolence by participating generously in the canned food drive which helps those less fortunate have plenty of food this Thanksgiving and beyond.
Convenience reigns supreme at the Gobble Till You Wobble 5K and 10K turkey trot . It's a virtual race, so you can start your run wherever and whenever you want throughout the month of November.
Register for the race send in your finishing times for an opportunity to win some awards along with a medal and a ribbon. As an added bonus, 15 percent of each registration will be donated to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization.
Newton Turkey Trot
The 5K Newton Turkey Trot run is a beautiful out and back course that leads you through Newton neighborhoods, onto the Commonwealth Avenue carriage lane to Newton City Hall and loops back to end at Zervas Elementary School.
Help those less fortunate this season by participating in Alternative House’s Thanks 4 Giving Road Race in Lowell on Thanksgiving morning! Earn your day's indulgences by giving back and participating in the 5k and 10k races. Alternative House is an organization that provides support for domestic violence survivors and their families in the form of shelter, legal help, children’s programming, and community advocacy.
Register early and be one the the lucky first 500 runners to receivea free shirt! All runners who finish will truly earn their pie by receiving a free pie to add some sweetness to their holiday meal!
Before lifting that fork or taking that post turkey snooze, take a quick dash at the Wellesley Turkey Trot. Those runners with the best times can earn a wide array of awards, with medals being doled out to the top three overall male and female runners as well as the top three runners in each age bracket. Make it a family event by having the kids under 10 in the family participate in the Kids Fun Run!
For a trotting tradition with as much time honored tradition as the turkey on your table, run the Annual Dreamcatcher Classic in Weymouth! Choose between a two-mile race and a five-mile race, and support Weymouth Public Schools’ athletic programs and a scholarship program for Weymouth High School graduates in the process.
Bring the whole family, strollers and all and work up your Thanksgiving Day appetite at the Franklin Park Turkey Trot, Dorchester! Join more than a thousand other runners in what has become the largest Thanksgiving Day race in Boston. All proceeds from the race go to the Franklin Park Coalition, which is responsible for restoring and maintaining the park year-round.
Get your metabolism in order with the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race, Andover! Join over 10,000 runners in one of the biggest turkey trot races in the Boston area, Enjoy a pre-race expo with local vendors, and be one of the first 9,000 registrants and receive a free shirt! Feast your eyes on the fresh apple pie that awaits you at the finish line.
Warm up your appetite at the Gobble Gobble Gobble Turkey Trot in Somerville. A sense of community unite with your calorie extravaganza at this 4 mile race put on by the Somerville Road Runners. All proceeds from the race benefit Project Soup and the Somerville Track PAC.
Work up wild appetite for turkey while getting your fitness on at the largest turket trot race on the North Shore, Wild Turkey 5-Mile, Salem. Be one of the first 1,700 participants registered get a Brooks tech long-sleeve shirt to commemorate your accomplishment!
Earn your pie at the Boston Volvo Thanksgiving Day 5k in Allston. Run for a great cause this Turkey Day and raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society each year! Suit up in your free t-shirts distributed to the first 700 registrants and relish in the prizes are awarded to the top run finishes and fundraisers.
Stacey Sao has been the Managing Director of the family-friendly events
and activities website, BostonCentral for over 20 years. She continues to enjoy discovering and exploring new places in the Greater Boston area.