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!
Seattle Turkey Trot (right)
Turkey Trot 2012
Methuen Rail Trail
Methuen Rail Trail Autumn Walk
(This event takes place
on Sunday, Nov. 25, rather than on Thursday).
Pennyrile Rail Trail
2012 Turkey Trot
(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).
Wallkill Valley Rail-Trail
Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot
New Paltz, N.Y.
West Fork River Trail (also locally referred to as the Shinnston Rail Trail).
4th Annual Turkey Trot
Photo of the 2011 Seattle Turkey Trot courtesy Seattle Times
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
Washington, DC 20037