A turkey trot is much shorter than the NYC Marathon, but if you’ve caught the running bug, it’s not too 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. Our advice? Don't wait to sign up: spaces for most of these turkey trots will fill up before the end of October.
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Best turkey trots near NYC
Want to run off the damage the day after Thanksgiving dinner? This 15K run or 5K walk on Roosevelt Island offers beautiful views of Manhattan and sweet cinnamon rolls at the finish line. A kids’ dash is also available for young trotters, and walking adults can push strollers. Good news for Queens-bound folks: You can do a 5K turkey trot on Thanksgiving Day in preparation for all that pumpkin pie.
Preemptively burn off a few pounds (just as you're about bound to gain some extra weight) by running through the verdant foliage of Prospect Park. If you can race to be the top of the pack at this 5K, you win a pie. What more incentive does a runner need on Thanksgiving Day?
Head east on November 19 for this 13th annual turkey trot, which includes a one-mile children’s race and a 10K for adults. All finishers will get trophies, but the top winner will be awarded a turkey. Priorities.
Happening right between beach weather and the annual Polar Bear swim is this Thanksgiving Day 5K, open to walkers and runners. Kicking off at Riegelmann Boardwalk, this flat course is ideal for street runners, and the 11:30am start time isn't too early, either. Race starts at West 19th St and Rigelmann Boardwalk.