2016 Turkey Day Trots Offer Family Fun on Thanksgiving Day

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Ready to start a new Thanksgiving Day tradition? Consider getting out and active with your kids at a Turkey Day Trot in the Triangle. Some feature “kids dashes,” fun runs and longer runs for adults, all on Thanksgiving morning. Some runs support causes that include feeding the hungry. Registration is already underway.

Inside Out Sports Turkey Trot in Cary

This event offers a 1-mile Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m., an 8K run at 9 a.m., and a 100-yard Kid’s Dash for ages 7 and younger at 10 a.m. Register by Nov. 11, and you’ll get a short-sleeve shirt. Late entries can register and preregistered runners can pick up their packets at Inside Out Sports on Wednesday, Nov. 23, noon-6 p.m. and also on race day beginning at 7 a.m. 

Gallop & Gorge 8K in Carrboro

The Gallop & Gorge 8K starts at 8 a.m. on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro and helps supports its community partners. Runners also are invited to donate canned goods and pasta that will be passed along to the Inter-Faith Council pantry. After the 8K awards presentation, the Little Turkey Kids Races kick off. These races are free for children ages 2-9 and kids are divided into the following age groups: 2-3, 4-5; and 6-7, 8-9. There is no preregistration, but parents must sign a release form before the events. Kids can also head to a family activity area before or during the race for chalk drawing, jump ropes and hula hoops. 

New Balance Thanksgiving Day Trot in Durham

Formerly the Renaissance Center Thanksgiving Day trot, this race has a new sponsor this year. The 8K and 5K runs both begin at 8:30 a.m. at Renaissance Center off Fayetteville Road. The 1-mile fun run kicks off at 9:45 a.m. and the 100-yard Kids Dash starts at 10 a.m.

Ridgewood Turkey Trot in Raleigh

A fundraiser to help fight multiple sclerosis, this trot kicks off at 8 a.m. and features competitive and recreational 8K races and a 100-yard Kid's Dash (for ages 7 and younger). During the 8K, kids can decorate the finish chute road with sidewalk chalk or make signs to cheer for Mom or Dad. 

Turkey Leg 5K in Knightdale

The Turkey Leg 5K begins and ends at Knightdale Station Park at 8:30 a.m. Register by Nov. 8 to be guaranteed a T-shirt.

Gobbler’s Run Thanksgiving Day 5K in Wake Forest

This family-friendly trot through historic downtown Wake Forest kicks off at 8 a.m. and benefits the Boys & Girls Club. The course is open to runners and walkers of all ages, and pets and strollers are welcome. Parking will be available at Wake Forest Elementary School behind the Boys & Girls Club.


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