8 Awesome Turkey Trot Races for 2021 in the USA

Coach Casey · November 17, 2021

It’s that amazing time of year where, for some of us, the leaves are changing. The temperatures are nearing the winter chill. This can only mean one thing…turkey trot races! Runners all around the USA celebrate Thanksgiving with their own personal way of giving thanks. They run 3.1 miles or more as lead up to mass eating! As Charge Running prepares for our own Thanksgiving races from coast to coast, we want to spread the love and thanks to some awesome and charitable turkey trot races across the USA for 2021. 

As you work through your Thanksgiving preparation and ponder your next turkey trot race, consider these 8 amazing turkey trot options for 2021 and beyond!

Turkey trots around the USA for 2021 and beyond!

Amazing Turkey Trot Races for 2021 and Beyond!

Berbee Derby – Fitchburg, WI

18 years running, the Berbee Derby in the Madison area has served as the ultimate turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning. The race features a great 5k and 10k course and over 4,000 participants. Plus, 100% of proceeds stay within the community. They support organizations like the Technology Education Fund, providing technology access and training to under-served children, teens, and adults.  

Why this turkey trot? 

On top of the immense support of local organizations, the Berbee Derby also occasionally features Wisconsin-native and Olympic Bronze Medalist, Molly Seidel…racing the 10k in a full turkey costume…worth the entry fee!

Grove Express/Bonfield Express Turkey Trot – Downers Grove, IL

Now transitioned to the Grove Express 5k, the legend of the Bonfield Express Turkey Trot lives on. Through a dedication to investment in community youth and education programs, and fun of course. The Grove Express 5k course will wind through downtown Downers Grove on a USATF certified course. 

Why this turkey trot? 

The Bonfield Express Foundation has used the proceeds from the race each year to provide, since 2004, almost $1 million in scholarships to 319 local high school seniors. 

Fast Before the Feast – White Bear Lake, MN

A truly community-based event with a focus each year on giving back to the community through participant food donations. With a 1/2 mile Fun Run, a 5k, and a 10k race option, there’s literally something for everyone!

Why this turkey trot? 

Since its start, the race has donated tens of thousands of pounds of food to local charities. They maintain an annual goal of 10,000 pounds!

Turkey trots around the USA for 2021 and beyond!

Fat Turkey Trail Run – Tempe, AZ

An incredible turkey trot trail race through the beautiful Papago Park and along part of the Salt River. Unlike other turkey trots, the Fat Turkey 5k and 10k races are held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day. This way when you’re feeling at your fullest and most relaxed, you can get out there and strive for a PR! 

Why this turkey trot? 

Any participant who can beat the turkey to the finish line (literally they have a turkey racing) will receive a custom Fat Turkey pint glass as a part of their awards. How fast can a turkey actually run?

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot – Dallas, TX

Very likely the largest annual turkey trot in the country with upwards of 40,000 participants, the event features an epic 8-mile race as well as a 5k run/walk. For more than 50 years the Dallas Turkey Trot proceeds have benefitted the Dallas YMCA Community Health programs for kids, teens, and adults throughout the metropolitan area.

Why this turkey trot? 

In 2011 the race set a world record for the largest single gathering of people dressed like turkeys. What a sight to see!

Running of the Pilgrims 5k – Plymouth, MA

Do you like history? Get your history and running fix in one fell swoop with this road race in the home of Thanksgiving. Each year the Plymouth race donates proceeds to support the children served by the Plymouth Department of Children and Families as well as food pantry program of the local South Shore Community Action Council.

Why this turkey trot? 

The race course starts and ends at the historic Plymouth Rock. “Oh what a Thanksgiving!”

Turkey trots around the USA for 2021 and beyond!

Hot to Trot – Knoxville, TN

Organized by the running store Fleet Feet – Knoxville, the Hot to Trot Fun Run, 5k, and 10k races on Thanksgiving morning are all about community. Proceeds from the event go to support the organization A Hand Up for Women, providing job readiness programming for disenfranchised women in the community. Plus, the local Fleet Feet throughout November sponsors a community food drive.

Why this turkey trot? 

Awards for the top finishers in the Hot to Trot are pieces of handmade pottery from the local Stony Clay Station. Yes, please!

Feaster Five Road Race – Andover, MA

The largest annual turkey trot in the great state of Massachusetts, the Feaster Five hosts the titular 5 mile race as well as a 5k walk/run each year. Proceeds each year from the race support a slew of local charities as well as the 400+ person local community running group, the Merrimack Valley Striders.

Why this turkey trot? 

Need a little extra push to prep for the Feaster Five? For 8 weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Day coaches from the Merrimack Valley Striders will guide you through weekly training with their Couch to 5k program!

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