Festive Fall Fun: The TURKEY TROT Challenge

Annual Turkey Trot Run in Cuero Texas

I love November. It‚Äôs the cool, crisp beginning of the holiday season and time to cozy up and spend time with loved ones. I am getting really excited to see my family for Thanksgiving – we are a lovely and colorful clan ūüôā

Whats one of my  favorite ways to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday? Participating in a  Turkey Trot Charity Run. Holiday events like a Turkey Trot are a great way to celebrate and be active with friends and family. Like I always say, the family that sweats together STAYS together.

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 3 and 26.2 miles (most typically, races offer the 5K or 10K to challenge all levels of runners).  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 and give back to a good cause. And isnt GIVING the whole point of the holiday season?

Other Turkey Trot Fun Facts:

  • The¬†Buffalo, New York¬†Turkey Trot race is the oldest continually running public footrace in North America.¬†The race on Thursday, November 25, 2010 marked its 115th consecutive start; the footrace is a popular fundraiser for the local branch of the YMCA. This year, the race plans to¬†accomodate 13,200 runners in 2011 and they will run¬†¬†five miles down Delaware Avenue¬†in Buffalo.
  • The¬†Dallas Turkey Trot, is the largest turkey trot in the United States, with more than 25,000 racers annually.
  • Turkeys can have heart attacks. In areas where the U.S. Air Force did testing to break the sound barrier, turkeys were known to drop dead from the shock of passing jets. Thats a GOOD reason to keep your heart healthy with a run!
  • The Detroit Turkey Trot, Stuffing Strut and Mashed Potato Mile in¬†Detroit, Michigan¬† is associated with¬†America’s Thanksgiving Parade¬†.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the official national bird of the United States of America.¬†
  • Cuero, Texas¬†features a unique twist on the tradition in which the participants are all actual TURKEYS. Awesome – I want to run in THAT ONE!
  • The ballroom dance known as the Turkey Trot was named for the short, jerky steps a turkey makes.

The Turkey trot is a fun tradition to incoporate into your holiday season. Remember it doesnt matter if you run or walk it, the purpose is to connect with those you love, support your community, and GIVE BACK while you sweat!
I challenge you to do a little research and find a holiday turkey trot near you. It’s easy to google “Turkey Trot + your zip code” or use Active.com ‘s online Turkey trot finder. Once you’ve found an event, call up your friends and family and invite them to join you. Plan ahead and make a date this month to TROT and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Inspire those you love to get together, give back, and kick off the holiday season with a healthy start.
Sign up, lace up and have FUN with it! You’ll sweat for a cause, get a workout, and spend time with your friends and family – its a “feel good” holiday triple whammy!

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving with an active event? Have you run a Turkey trot before? What was your experience? Want to do one with me in SF? I might have to dress up and wear a few feathers ūüėČ

If you are wanting to run this season but needing a few tips before you lace up,  check out my Running 101 post for tips.

Looking forward to the holidays and more active festivities! See you in class this week for a workout!


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