Running Off Your Thanksgiving Meal – Local Turkey Trots

Perfect Kicks for Running a Turkey Trot - Click on the photo to order on Etsy (That's where I found this picture)
Perfect Kicks for Running a Turkey Trot – Click on the photo to order on Etsy (That’s where I found this picture)

What is a Turkey Trot?

A turkey trot is a “fun run” held on, or around, Thanksgiving Day. Per Wikipedia, “Americans anticipate indulgent Thanksgiving feasts and run in turkey trots to burn off calories before the big meal.” I just run them, cause they are fun reason to run Thanksgiving morning, my money goes to a good cause and I usually get a t-shirt!
Turkey Trots have been around for years, the oldest being a 5 mile race, based in Buffalo, NY, which was established in 1896! For this week’s Westchester Wednesday, I thought I’d put some of the local turkey trot races on your radar in hopes you will get out there and do something good for your body and your community!

Westchster County –

48th Annual Mamaroneck Turkey Trot & Gobbler Race – Sunday November 23rd at Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck, NY.

The Gobbler Race is a 1Miler for Kids 12 and under starting at 9:45am. Race Fee is $15, $20 for Race Day. Turkey Trot is a 5K (3.1 Miles) for all ages beginning at 10:15. Race fee is $35, $40 for Race Day.

Peter Oley Turkey Trot – Sunday, November 23rd, at Dows Lane Elementary School in Irvington, NY

According to the event page on Facebook, this race is named after Irvington’s Track Coach Peter K. Oley. It is a 2.5 mile run where the first Irvington male and female to finish, will receive a turkey! Registration begins on September 17 at the Recreation Department or on Race Day at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Dows Lane. This event is co-sponsored by the Irvington Girl Scout Community.Race Fees are as follows: Resident- Adult: $15 / Youth (12 & younger): $10 Non-Resident- Adult: $20/ Youth (12 & younger): $15

Bedford Turkey Trot – Saturday November 29th at Bedford Village Memorial Park

According to, this race is “a beautiful run through historic Bedford Village and the rolling hills around it. The course begins on Court Road at Bedford Village Elementary School in historic Bedford Village, NY. The halfway point is just past the top of Indian Hill Road – not for the faint of heart. Finish: at Bedford Village Memorial Park. Clocks at every mile.” The race fee is $25 and there will be collecting canned good/non-perishable food item and coats for their food and coat drives.

Rockland County

The 23rd Annual 5 Mile Turkey Trot for The Marisa Fund – Thursday, November 27th at Rockland Lake in Congers, NY

Per the Rockland Road Runners (and myself, because I have run this race the past two years and am registered again for this year) the 5 Mile Turkey Trot is a memorable running experience, drawing over 3,100 individuals and families in 2013. The race raises donations for the Marisa Fund to eradicate childhood cancer Online Registration (Click Here) is available untill tomorrow, November 20th at 11:59pm. There is no race day registration this year, but there is “In Person” registration held on Monday November 24th, Tuesday November 25th and Wednesday November 26th from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM at Modell’s, 2nd Floor, in the Palisades Center Mall.

Annual Turkey Trot Photo - 2013
The Flash and I in out annual Turkey Trot for the Marisa Fund selfie – 2013

Fairfield County

11th Annual New Canaan Turkey Trot – Sunday, November 23rd at Irwin Park in New Canaan, CT

This race is in benefit of Open Door Shelter in Norwalk, CT. Registration is $25 available at the New Balance Store of New Canaan beginning 11/15, or can be done online : New Canaan Registration 

14th Annual Shippan Turkey Trot – Thursday, November 27th in Stamford, CT

This looks to be a local race that turned in to something a bit bigger. They don’t collect race fees but rather you donate your fees to Shelter for the Homeless in Stamford, CT.  According to their website,  The race festivities kick off from 280 Ocean Drive East – between Shippan and Fairview – on Thursday, November 27th at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of a registration fee, donations of canned food, checks or cash will be accepted. You can make your donations on their website HERE. Incidentally, they have a great post on “A Mostly Inaccurate History of the Turkey Trot” you must read!

Greenwich Alliance for Education Turkey Trot – Saturday November 29th at the Arch Street Teen Center 

Online registration closes on Friday, November 28th, however if you register by end of day today, you will get a t-shirt and goodie bag. There is a 1Mile fun run for the kids (14 and under) and a 5K for adults. Race fee is $25 for Adults ($35 Race Day) and $10 for Kids ($15 Race Day)



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