For many, "turkey trots" are as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Most take place the morning of Thursday, November 22, and cover a distance of 5 kilometers, (about 3 miles) at a non-competitive pace suitable for almost everyone. A little turkey trot in the morning really helps you work up a healthy appetite for the rest of the day!
Thanksgiving fun runs are a great way to spend time with family and friends outdoors, and many are in support of noteworthy charities and trail organizations.
Below is a sampling of Thanksgiving-week events taking place on rail-trails across the country. To find out if there is a turkey trot on a rail-trail near you, check your local newspaper or with your community trail group. Better yet, start one!
6th Annual Seattle Turkey Trot (right)
(This event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 25, rather than on Thursday).
Pennyrile Rail Trail
(The Pennyrile Rail Trail is still under development and the event is in support of the Pennyrile Rail Trail Foundation, which is supporting the effort).
New Paltz, N.Y.
West Fork River Trail (also locally referred to as the Shinnston Rail Trail).