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Six Thanksgiving Runs to Trot off the Turkey

(LA Trend) — Don’t expect to see runners lined up at the starting line or a buffet of Whole Foods pies at the finish this year, but Turkey Trot races are still taking place virtually. The Thanksgiving Turkey Trot has a long history in the U.S., with the first race dating back to 1896. The first trot was an 8K (4.97-mile) race hosted by the Buffalo YMCA in New York and the tradition has been gaining popularity ever since. Many non-competitive runners sign up for annual turkey trots to help raise money for charity and to burn off some calories before the turkey day feast.

If you sign up online, you’ll be in good company—people are running more in quarantine. A survey by shoe company ASICS found that 79 percent of runners believe running makes them feel more in control during the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic. Even though running groups are a no-go, people are finding community virtually. The app Runkeeper has a record-breaking 252 percent increase in downloads since the lockdown in March.

Lace up your shoes, put on your mask, and participate in a virtual run this Thanksgiving.

America’s Turkey Trot benefits Feeding America this year and lasts until the end of November. Sign up online and receive a pumpkin-pie inspired finisher’s medal, navy blue beanie, and full-zip jacket to keep the chill at bay this winter.

Join the Revenge of the Birds 5K Turkey Trot online and get a run bib and finisher medal. Run 5K and sign up little ones for the 1-mile kid’s run. This year, Revenge of the Birds will also offer a Biggest Flock medal to the largest virtual run teams.

Interested in biking instead of running? Sign up for Pedal for the Turkey Medal, a virtual bike ride, between November 23 and 26. Support the City of Rosemead by pedaling 5K and receive a Turkey themed medal and a commemorative t-shirt.

Pleasant Valley is hosting a self-paced Turkey Trot from November 16 to 29. for just $10, participants will receive a commemorative medal.

Support the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Oakland Education Fund in Oakland, California with the Oakland Turkey Trot. Run 5K on Thanksgiving Day or upgrade to the VIP package and receive a custom face mask from Oakland Run Co. plus a special gift from Wine.com and Abio Properties.

The Silicon Valley Turkey Trot incorporates more than just a run. All participants will be included in the Hometown Heroes Challenge, which encourages people to complete good deeds by the end of November. Receive a Hometown Hero badge by completing 20 good deeds or more. Run your preferred distance between November 21 and 29, log your time using the RaceJoy app, and receive a race t-shirt.

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