2017 Triangle Turkey Trots to Try
Turkey Trots are a fun family tradition on Thanksgiving morning.
Photo courtesy of Josh Duewer
What's a turkey trot, you ask? It's a fun Thanksgiving tradition more and more families are enjoying. In anticipation of eating lots of delicious food on Thanksgiving day, many folks participate in timed races, fun runs, walks and kids' races to burn off calories and energy early on Thanksgiving morning. And for you Thanksgiving chefs out there, Turkey Trots also empty out your house so you can get some serious meal prep done!
During these typically casual events, people often run in fun costumes to ramp up the enjoyment for all. At the time this post was published, the races listed below were still open for online registration, but most of them sell out regularly and raise prices the longer you wait to register. So don't dally!
This is the last race in the 13th Annual Le Tour de Carrboro race series. It starts and finishes on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro and meanders through nearby neighborhoods. Online registration ($30) is available until Nov. 20. Day-of-race registration ($35) is also available but organizers urge participants to register early to avoid long lines on race day. Little Turkey Kids Races (FREE) will be available for ages 2-9 with no registration required.
This Wake Forest run started with only 314 runners but now attracts more than 2,000 participants. With a mission of raising funds for the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, this race is a Thanksgiving tradition for many area families. Online registration ends Nov. 20 and is $25 for ages 16 and older, and $20 for ages 6-15. There's also a FREE race for ages 5 and younger. In-person registration is available if you miss the online deadline.
You'll find races for the whole family at this Cary event: the 8K, 1-mile Fun Run and the Kids' Dash. Online registration is available until Nov. 22 for $30 for the 8K, $15 for the Fun Run and $10 for the Kids' Dash, and day of race registration is available with a $5 premium.
Formerly known as the Renaissance Center Turkey Trot, this Durham race offers 8K, 5K, 1 mile, and a 100 Yard Kids' Dash options. Entry fees range from $5 for the Kids Dash to $35 for the 8K if you register online by Nov. 19. You can also register in person if you miss the deadline.
This Raleigh run is almost full, so don't wait to register for the 8K or 100-yard Kids' Dash. Held at the Ridgewood Shopping Center, proceeds from this race benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Registration fees go up the longer you wait, so do it now. If your registrations reach $100 or more in a single order, you can score a 15 percent discount by using the "FriendsAndFamily" promo code.
The 7th Annual Skinny Turkey Half Marathon and the Just Think First 5K start and finish at Wakefield High School in North Raleigh. Lots of options are available: Half marathon fees run $65, the 5K is $25, the 1-mile walk is $15 and the Kids' Fun Run is $10. Prices listed are current as of publication and go up the later you wait, so register soon.