The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to the community. And what better way to give back this Thanksgiving than by participating in a fun family-friendly Turkey Trot? Before you indulge in pumpkin pie galore, burn some calories and support a good cause at one of these local community races below.
Cloverly Elementary School Turkey Trot 1 Miler and 5K: Nov. 9
Walk, run and join the fun at Cloverly Elementary School! Come on out and participate in this year’s Turkey Trot 5K. Not up to the lengthy race? Run the mile race instead. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled evening. 800 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, Md., 4:30 p.m. $10.
Golds Gym Turkey Trot: Nov. 9
Take part in Golds Gym Ritchie Station’s first-ever Turkey Trot. Not only will you enjoy running the 5K, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a turkey basket giveaway and a free concert following the race. Golds Gym Ritchie Station, 1723 A Ritchie Station Court, Capitol Heights, Md., 7 a.m. $20.
PVTC Cranberry Crawl
10K and 5K: Nov. 16
Come out to the Cranberry Crawl! Run or walk in either a 10K or 5K race, and enjoy refreshments after you cross the finish line. Plus, the top three racers will receive delicious cranberry bread. East Potomac Park, 972 Ohio Drive, S.W. Washington, D.C., 7:50 a.m. $10; PVTC members, $5.
Turkey Tumble for Autism: Nov. 17
Support the Organization for Autism Research by racing in this year’s Turkey Tumble for Autism. Bring your family, friends and even (leashed) pets for some exercise and festive fun. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Path, 3700 Water St., Washington, D.C.,
8 a.m. 5K, $25; 10K, $40; 10-Miler, $50.
Marine Corp Gobble Up Turkey Trot: Nov. 23
Runners of all ages are invited to gobble up the Turkey Trot 10K or Mile Run alongside the creek aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. The festive finish includes a petting zoo and award presentations of frozen turkeys and pumpkin pies. Marine Corps Base Quantico, 3250 Catlin Ave., Quantico, Va., 8:30 a.m. 10K, $40; 1-Miler, $16.
Arlington Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk: Nov. 28
This run goes through Lyon Park and Ashton Heights and raises money for local Arlington charities, including the Arlington Food Assistance Center, the People’s Assistance Network, Arlington Thrive, Bridges to Independence and Doorways for Women and Families. Christ Church of Arlington, 3020 North Pershing Drive, Arlington, Va., 8 a.m. Adults, $45; Ages 6-17, $25.
Turkey Chase: Nov. 28
Join the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA in
a Thanksgiving Day celebration. With plenty of race options, there’s fun for everyone.
9401 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Md., 8:30 a.m. 10K, $46; 2-Miler, $22; 1K, $20; Kids 50-Meter, $10.
44th Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot: Nov. 28
Started in 1975 with 244 runners, this popular event now has thousands of participants and offers generous cash and gift prizes to top finishers. Mt. Vernon and E. Spring Street, Alexandria, Va., 9 a.m. 12 and Under, $5; 13-21, $15; 22 and Over, $20.
Trot for Hunger: Nov. 28
Give back this season by joining the Trot for Hunger Thanksgiving Day Race to help provide food, health care and clothes to over 10,000 people in need. Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C., 8:30 a.m. Kids, $15; Adults, $40 (Timed), $45 (Untimed).
Fairfax Turkey Trot: Nov. 28
Join Pacers Running for the most fun you can have on turkey day. Held in the heart of Old Town Fairfax, the fifth annual Fairfax Turkey Trot will benefit the City of Fairfax Fire Department Benevolent Fund. Next to Fairfax Fire Station #3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax Va., 9 a.m. $40.
Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot: Nov. 28
Come out to Project ECHO’s annual Turkey Trot! Start your Thanksgiving day off right by running or walking this 5K in support of their organization’s mission: Hope for the Homeless. 355 West Dares Beach Road, Frederick, Md., 7 a.m. Adults, $30; 12 and Under, $25.
Turkey Burnoff 2019: Nov. 30
Racers come on out for the Turkey Burnoff race. Choose from either a 5- or 10-mile race. Enjoy the lovely views of Seneca Creek State Park, and keep your eye out for deer during your run! Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Md., 8:15 a.m. Under 18, $5; Adults, $10.