A turkey trot is much shorter than the NYC Marathon, but if you’ve caught the running bug, it’s not to late to race through the streets of New York City! Turkey trots take place throughout the city on Thanksgiving and are a seriously healthy way to skip out on early morning meal prep (or claim exhaustion when it comes time to help with the dishes). If you’re too hungover from a Thanksgiving Eve bar binge, you don’t even have to run: Take a break from watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or Thanksgiving movies just to cheer on the runners.
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Seven great turkey trots near NYC
Now in its 21st year, this 5K on Orchard Beach’s boardwalk and running path takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving, so you can start warming up for your next big race. The 5K culminates in an afterparty, and if you’re too lazy to run, you can just gain entry for $20.
The top three male and female runners in this five-mile race win one of the best pies, which is reason enough to get some exercise at 9am. Everyone also gets a medal, if you need something to show off later at dinner to distract from Grandpa’s political opinions.