Many charities host 5k runs for Thanksgiving, but the Dana Point Turkey Trot at Dana Point Harbor (24921 Dana Point Harbor Drive) is one of the most massive and competitive. Case in point: more than 1,600 participants have showed up in past years and the 10k first place prize is $1,000! Yet, regardless of experience level, everyone is welcome to participate in the run. And the setting couldn't be more perfect—run by sweeping views of the beach, cliffs and coves of Dana Point. Choose from the 10k, 5k, or a Mission Hospital-sponsored Gobble Wobble 1k kids race. Check the Trot's website for the different race start times.
If running isn't your thing, give back to the community by volunteering to help out with the race or have fun by dressing up for the morning's Thanksgiving costume contest. Proceeds from the day will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association and Family Assistance Ministries.