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 15th Annual Le Tour de Carrboro race series. Beginning at 8 a.m., the race starts and finishes on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro and meanders through nearby neighborhoods. Online registration ($30) is available until Nov. 25. 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. Net proceeds from the race are distributed to community partners. 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 5K race will start and finish at the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club beginning at 8 a.m. 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. 25, 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. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go back to the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club. Walkers, strollers and dog walkers are welcome. 


Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot

Cary

The 2019 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 morning begins with the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. The featured 8K starts at 9 a.m., and the 100-yard Kids' Dash for children ages 7 and under goes off at 10:30 a.m. The race starts and finishes on Rainbrook Drive across Cary Parkway about 1/4 mile from the Inside-Out Sports. Online registration is available until Nov. 27 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 at 8:30 a.m. 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. 27. Families with 5 or more members running either the 5K or 8K qualify for a family discount (discount does not include members running the 1 Mile or Kids Dash) by contacting butch.robertson@earthlink.net


Ridgewood Turkey Trot

Raleigh

Photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Turkey Trot Facebook Page


The event has sold out each of the past 9 years, so don't wait to register for the 8K or 100-yard Kids' Dash (ages 7 and younger). The race takes place at at Ridgewood Shopping Center at Wade Avenue and Ridge Road in Raleigh and begins at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds from this race benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Registration fees ($5-$36) 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 decorate the finish chute with sidewalk chalk while the runners are out on the course. Strollers, baby joggers and dogs are not permitted for insurance reasons.


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 $30, 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. All distances are stroller-friendly and pet-friendly. Finisher's medals for every distance. 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 annual Turkey Leg 5K on Thanksgiving Day at Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. and participants will run through the streets of Knightdale and return back to Knightdale Station Park. Registration is $20 per person. This race has sold out in previous years. Registration ends Nov. 25. This is a family-friendly race; strollers and dogs are allowed.


Trophy Trot 10K

Raleigh

Photo courtesy of Jason Honeycutt/Runologie Facebook Page


The annual Trophy Trot 10K starts at 8 a.m. 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 until Sept. 30, $35 Oct. 1-31, $40 Nov.1-27, $45 on race day, and includes a race medal and a beer from Trophy Brewing Company (non-alcoholic options are also available). A free 400 meter run for kids occurs right before the 10K start. Strollers are welcome. No dogs at this time.

 

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Sponsor: Hillsborough Main Library
Telephone: 919-245-2525
Contact Name: Beth Hawkey
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Puppet Show Inc. presents a re-telling of Aesop’s Fable, “The Lion and the Mouse.”   A make and take craft will follow the show.  No registration necessary.  Ages 4 and up with a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Do you see strange lights in the night sky? Are you hearing odd noises coming from your tool shed? Is your dog now afraid to venture in the back yard? Don’t be scared — it might just be a...

Cost: $2 members, $5 non members

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Contact Name: Hugo Romero Sanchez
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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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It's your last chance to catch the Wolfpack at home this season! Help RED OUT Duke by wearing your favorite RED NC State Gear to the meet. The first 300 fans will receive an exclusive RED OUT...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center
2611 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27695
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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Preschoolers (ages 3-5 with an adult) learn what wild animals do in winter by pretending to be animals that hibernate, migrate or just stay warm in the cold, winter woods! Take a hike, do a craft,...

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Explore nature through play!  The Main Library is partnering with local Tinkergarten leaders Heather Murphy and Kate MacCartney to bring the fun of nature indoors.  Join us as we investigate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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January Story Time, Puppet Show & Art Activity Puppet Show Incorporated https://www.puppetshowinc.org/ presents the classic Aesop fable The Lion and the Mouse. Activities include a story time,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Carrboro Library
900 Old Fayetteville Road
Inside McDougle Middle School
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Carrboro Branch Library
Telephone: 919-969-3006
Contact Name: Beth Hawkey
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Want a wild start to your new year?When you’re facing the after-holiday blues after packing up the decorations and taking down the tree, never fear. Come celebrate the new year in a thrilling,...

Cost: $20 - $26

Where:
Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
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Sponsor: Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Taylor Sharp

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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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Family Wildlife Series: Owl Prowl Saturday, January 18, 6-7:15 p.m. Venture into the night on a Blue Jay hike.  Learn about owl habits and adaptations as we listen for these nocturnal birds....

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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