This holiday season join friends, family, co-workers and neighbors and participate in one of the Turkey Trots in Washington, DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia. Some are for charity, some are just for fun. All will help you burn a few calories before the big Thanksgiving feast! Here is the 2013 schedule of Turkey Trots, Runs and Races:
In Washington, DCThanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger
November 28, 2013, 8:30 a.m. Beginning at Freedom Plaza, between 13th Street, NW and 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Sponsored by SOME (So Others Might Eat), this popular 5K fun run and family walk benefits programs for the homeless, and helps SOME to serve more than 800 meals to the hungry every day of the year.
Cranberry Crawl 5K/10K Run and Race Walk
November 23, 2013, 8:30 a.m. East Potomac Park Golf Course, 972 Ohio Drive SW, Washington DC (703) 481-3530. The annual turkey trot is sponsored by Potomac Valley Track Club.
In MarylandTurkey Chase Bethesda–Chevy Chase YMCA
November 28, 2013, 8:30 a.m. 9401 Old Georgetown Rd. Bethesda, Maryland (301) 440-1854. 10K Race and 2 mile Fun Run. Every Thanksgiving for the past 25 years, thousands of runners have gathered in Bethesda to run in the Turkey Chase in support of the YMCA's Youth and Family Services, YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club Foundation.
In Northern Virginia
Turkey Trot 10K/ Turkey Trot Miler
November 23, 2013, 8:30 a.m. Marine Corps Base Quantico LeJeune Hall, Quantico, Virginia. Organized by the Marine Corps Marathon, participants will kick off their Thanksgiving Day celebration with a preemptive strike against those extra holiday calories by traversing Russell Road with scenic glimpses of Chopawamsic Creek, heading back east to pass by Butler Stadium and completing their 6.2 miles at Lejeune Hall.
Alexandria Turkey Trot
November 28, 2013, 9 a.m. George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia. DC Road Runners Club, a local group affiliated with USA Track & Field, sponsors an annual race on Thanksgiving Day. Food donations support ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization serving Alexandria's needy.
Arlington Turkey Trot - 5K Fun Run/Walk
November 28, 2013, 8 a.m. Christ Church of Arlington, 3020 North Pershing Drive, Arlington, Virginia. The run goes through Lyon Park and Ashton Heights and raises money for three local Arlington charities: Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Doorways for Women and Children and Arlington Food Assistance Center.
Fairfax Turkey Trot
November 28, 2013, 9 a.m. New this year! Mantua Swimming Pool , 9330 Pentland Place, Mantua, Virginia. Proceeds to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation to support programs that help veterans thrive after they return home.
Freeze Your Gizzard 5K Cross Country Race
November 23, 2013, 9 a.m. Ida Lee Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg, Virginia (703) 777-1368. Food donations will benefit Loudoun Interfaith Relief, the largest food pantry in Loudoun County and an organization providing support to homeless shelters, low-income senior citizen housing centers and after school programs for at-risk children.
Virginia Run Turkey Trot
November 28, 2013, 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day 5k Run/2k Walk. Virginia Run Community Center, 15355 Wetherburn Court, Centreville, Virginia. Proceeds benefit Life with Cancer, a non-profit organization that enhances the quality of life of those affected by cancer by providing education, information and support.
November 30, 2013, 9 a.m. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia. The event includes a challenging 8K race plus a family-friendly fun run and walk to benefit Housing & Community Services of Northern Virginia, a non-profit association that works to rescue people from foreclosure and eviction by offering services that include budget counseling, affordable housing search, crisis intervention, and emergency financial assistance. Prizes will be awarded to top runners overall, and also to the top three men and women in various age groups.
For information on more fun runs throughout the year, see Best Running Events and Marathons in the Washington DC Area