2018 Triangle Turkey Trots to Try

There are plenty of Turkey Trots in the Triangle for burning off Thanksgiving calories


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Turkey Trots are a fun family tradition on Thanksgiving morning.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE WESTER/TOWN OF KNIGHTDALE

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! Some Triangle towns, like Apex, host Turkey Trots the weekend before Thanksgiving, so you may be able to register for one of those races if running on Thanksgiving Day isn't possible.


Gallop & Gorge 8K

Downtown Carrboro

Little Turkey Kids Races are FREE for children ages 2-9, and will be held after the 8K awards presentation. Participants will be divided into age groups 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9, and kids will race to the finish line. 


This is the last race in the 14th 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. 19. 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. Walkers welcome; baby strollers/joggers are permitted; pets are not allowed on the race course.


Gobbler's Run 5K

Wake Forest

With a mission of raising funds for the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, the Gobbler's Run 5K race is a Thanksgiving tradition for many area families.

Photo courtesy of Emily Pelliccia


This Wake Forest run started with only 314 runners but now attracts more than 2,000 participants. The course is mostly flat, looping through the historic residential and business districts. There will be one water stop at the half-way point located on Main Street. Online registration ends Nov. 21, and pricing is $20-$30 for ages 16 and older and $15-$25 for ages 6-15 — depending on the date of purchase. There's also a FREE race for ages 5 and younger. In-person registration is available if you miss the online deadline. Walkers and strollers are welcome.


Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot

Cary

The 2018 Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot includes a 1-mile fun run, an 8K main event, and a Kids Dash. 

Photo courtesy of Mike Murray/Inside-Out Sports


Wear your Thanksgiving costume, bring your whole extended family, strap on your running shoes, and join the fun on Thanksgiving morning. You'll find races for the whole family at this Cary event: the 8K, 1-mile Fun Run and the Kids' Dash. The race starts and finishes across Cary Parkway from the Inside-Out Sports store. Online registration is available until Nov. 21 for $30 for the 8K, $15 for the Fun Run and $10 for the Kids' Dash (ages 7 and under), and day-of-race registration is available with a $5 premium.


New Balance Thanksgiving Day 8K and 5K

Durham

photo courtesy of New Balance (Raleigh, NC) Facebook Page


Formerly known as the Renaissance Center Turkey Trot, this Durham race offers an 8K, 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run and 100 Yard Kids' Dash options. The race begins and ends at Renaissance Center across the street from the Streets at Southpoint Mall. Entry fees range from $5 for the Kids Dash to $40 for the 8K if you register online by Nov. 22. Family discounts are available for the 5K and 8K by contacting butch.robertson@earthlink.net. There's also a 1 Mile Fun Run for the entire family and 100 Yard Kids Dash for ages 5 year olds and younger.


Ridgewood Turkey Trot

Raleigh

Photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Turkey Trot Facebook Page


This Raleigh run is almost full, so don't wait to register for the 8K or 100-yard Kids' Dash (ages 7 and younger). The event has sold out each of the past 7 years. Held at the Ridgewood Shopping Center at Wade Avenue and Ridge Road in Raleigh, proceeds from this race benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Registration fees ($5-$40) go up the longer you wait, so register 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. Kids can also decorate the finish chute with sidewalk chalk while the runners are out on the course. What else is new for 2018? Finisher medals! Strollers and baby joggers are permitted; no dogs.


Skinny Turkey 10K and Half Marathon & the Just Think First 5K

Wakefield

Photo courtesy of the Skinny Turkey Half Marathon and Just Think First 5k Facebook Page


The Annual Skinny Turkey 10K and Half Marathon and the Just Think First 5K start and finish at Wakefield High School in North Raleigh. Half marathon fees run $65, the 10K is $40, the 5K (walk, run) is $25, the 1-mile walk is $15 and the Kids' Fun Run is $10 through Nov. 20. Prices go up on race day, so register soon. Also new for 2018: 5K, 10K and half-marathon medals. All distances are stroller-friendly and pet-friendly.
Affiliated charity: The Just Think First Program seeks to raise awareness on various topics that affect teens in society today including violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, gangs and negative peer pressure.


Turkey Leg 5K

Knightdale

Photo courtesy of Michelle Wester/Town of Knightdale


Knightdale Parks, Recreation and Cultural Programs presents the Fifth Annual Turkey Leg 5K on Thanksgiving Day at Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater. The start/finish line will be visible upon your arrival to the park. Registration is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt, medal and timing bib. This race has sold out in previous years. Registration ends Nov. 20. This is a family-friendly race; strollers and dogs are allowed.


Trophy Trot 10K

Raleigh

Photo courtesy of Jason Honeycutt/Runologie Facebook Page


The second annual Trophy Trot 10K starts and finishes in front of Healing Transitions on 1251 Goode St. in Raleigh, just off Lake Wheeler Road on Dix Park. Registration fees are $30 before Oct. 1, $35 before Nov. 1, $40 before race day and $45 the day of the race, and includes a race medal and a beer from Trophy Brewing Company (nonalcoholic options are also available). A free 400 meter run for kids occurs right before the 10K start.

 

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