What better way to begin a holiday that focuses almost completely on eating than by running and walking? That might not be the real reason Turkey Trots and Thanksgiving 5Ks exist, but it’s a great reason to participate. Whether you’re an avid runner or walker or you want to bank a few burned calories before you belly up to the table on Thanksgiving, here are some 5Ks you can enjoy first.
30th Annual Turkey Trot
Officially the biggest Turkey Trot in Charlotte, the Southpark Charlotte Turkey Trot begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Southpark Mall. All finishers receive a medal. You can participate in the 8K, 5K, or one-mile fun run. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Tuff Turkey Challenge and run both the 5K and 8K races. Sign the little ones up for a 26 year tot trot so they can join the fun, too. Anyone can participate in the costume contest! Registration fees start at $35.00 per person, based on the race you enter and your age. Register here.
Turkey Dash Charlotte 2018
Join runners and walkers from Charlotte in the Turkey Dash at The Village at Robinson Farm on Thanksgiving Day. You can sign up for a four mile run/walk or a one mile fun run/walk. Everyone will receive a medal but if you register in time, you’ll also get a t-shirt. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration fees start at $26.00. Register here.
5th Annual University City Turkey Trot 5K
Want to get a run or walk in and help a great cause at the same time? The 5th Annual University City Turkey Trot is sponsored by and benefits the Sickle Cell Partners of the Carolinas. Join other runners and walkers on Thanksgiving Day starting at 8:00 a.m. You can do the 5K race or the one mile fun run. Registration fees start at $15.00 each. The race location is 3024 Prosperity Church Road (formerly The Fresh Market). Register here.
Turkey Trots and Races Close to Charlotte
If driving all the way into Charlotte for a race doesn’t appeal to you, there are plenty of other Turkey Trots and Thanksgiving Day races near Charlotte.
Belmont Turkey Day 5K — Belmont, NC
Laurel Park Turkey Day 5K — Concord, NC
Mooresville/Lake Norman 5K Turkey Trot — Mooresville, NC
2018 Baxter Village Turkey Trot — Fort Mill, SC
Skybrook’s 4th Annual Turkey Trot — Huntersville, NC
The Turkey Trot at Millbridge — Waxhaw, NC
Once you’re done with your Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, enjoy your turkey, stuffing, and the rest of the holiday with friends and family!