Family Turkey Trot: A Fun and Healthy Thanksgiving Tradition


Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with loved ones, expressing gratitude, and indulging in delicious food. If you are anything like me, you look forward to and love traditional Thanksgiving food. As much as I love the food, I also hate the way I feel if I sit on the couch all day and then eat my largest meal of the year! One way I enjoy the day but still feel good is by participating in a Family Turkey Trot. In this blog post, we will explore what a Turkey Trot is, how it can get your Thanksgiving of to a great start, and how you can organize one for your family. So, lace up your running shoes and let’s get started!

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What to wear to a Turkey Trot

Women’s Down for it all Vest, Fast and Free Legging, Running Gloves, Hokas

What is a Turkey Trot?

A Turkey Trot is a festive running event (Most of the time either a 5K or a 1 mile fun run) that takes place on or around Thanksgiving Day. It is typically a non-competitive run or walk designed for people of all ages and fitness levels. If you are not a runner or a beginning runner- you’ll be in the right place! Turkey Trots are usually very walker friendly and there will be a wide variety of speeds and abilities. If you are a more advanced runner, this might not be the place to try to PR as there will likely be kids, dogs, and newbie racers in the mix. You can still enjoy a great training run and feel good that you were able to get some miles in even on a Holiday.

How to prepare for a Turkey Trot:

Unless you plan your own, you will typically need to register through a race site to officially be part of the race and get a race (bib) number. Depending on how far the race is you can prepare (or not prepare) as much as your schedule will allow. If you don’t usually run but want to run during the race this is a great 5K training plan for beginners.

Other than training, make sure you and your family members have the right gear for the Turkey Trot! A Turkey Trot can be COLD! If you don’t typically run or exercise in cold weather here are some of my favorite workout clothes and accessories for cold weather running and training.

Trailhead Fleece Running Cap, Athleta Rainer Fleece lined Legging, Athleta Inlet Jacket, Trailhead convertible running gloves.

The Benefits of a Family Turkey Trot

1. Bonding Time

Participating in a Turkey Trot as a family allows everyone to spend quality time together. We try to set a good example for our kids by eating well and exercising regularly. We run or go to the gym and we have them in sports and encourage playing outside. I love a Turkey Trot because it’s one of the only events we can all participate in together as a family. We have done them with kids in strollers. We have walked them with babies in carriers. I think during a time of year that can be fun (but also a little stressful) everyone benefits from some active time together outside! It is also a great way for the kids to get some energy out if they will be inside or have to sit still later in the day.

2. Festive Atmosphere

Turkey Trots are known for their festive and lively atmosphere. Participants often dress up in Thanksgiving-themed costumes or wear turkey hats ( See Links below!) or tutus, adding to the fun and excitement. The event typically includes music, cheering spectators, and even post-race celebrations like hot chocolate or face painting making it a memorable and enjoyable experience for all.

3. Giving Back to the Community

Many Turkey Trots are organized as charity events, with proceeds going to local nonprofits or food banks. By participating in a Turkey Trot, your family can contribute to a worthy cause while enjoying a day of physical activity. It’s a meaningful way to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of other.

Organizing a Family Turkey Trot

Even if there is not an official Turkey Trot that works for your schedule or location it’s still fun to set one up for your family to get everyone moving and outside for bit on Thanksgiving morning. You can make it a leisurely walk or hike. You could also map out a route around your neighborhood or at a nearby park for your Turkey Trot. A finish line drawn in sidewalk chalk works just as well as a ribbon or timing pad!


A Family Turkey Trot is an excellent way to combine fitness, togetherness, and supporting your community during the Thanksgiving season. By participating in this fun and healthy tradition, you’ll create lasting memories while promoting physical fitness and giving back to those in need. So, gather your loved ones, hit the pavement, and make this Thanksgiving memorable with a Family Turkey Trot!

If you are Holiday Planning Mode don’t forget to check out the post on creating a Calm (or at least a Calm-er) Christmas for your family.

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