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Every turkey trot worth going to near NYC

Hit up a turkey trot near NYC—burning some extra calories before you stuff yourself just makes sense

Photograph: Courtesy Kerry Ann Troy

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

Throggs Neck Benevolent Association Turkey Trot

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.

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19 Nov 2016

Long Beach Turkey Trot

Head east on November 20 for this 12th 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.

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20 Nov 2016

Coney Island Turkey Trot

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.

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20 Nov 2016
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FDNY Turkey Trot

This 33rd annual turkey trot takes place in Flushing Meadow Park the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at 11:30am, a great reason to kick off your turkey day break early. The $25 entry fee is accepted up until race time and is donated to FDNY charities.

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22 Nov 2016

QBT Turkey Trot

Queensboro Tri runners will be hosting its second annual (free!) turkey trot at the Astoria Running Track at 9am on Thanksgiving morning. Any and all are welcome to join, and you may even meet some new local running buddies.

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24 Nov 2016

Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot

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.

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24 Nov 2016
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New York City Turkey Trot

This 15K run or 5K walk on Roosevelt Island offers beautiful views of Manhattan and sweet cinnamon rolls at the finish line, for those eager to get their feast on. A kids’ dash is also available for young trotters, and walking adults can push strollers.

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26 Nov 2016

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