Update: Updated from 2017 to reflect 2019 dates.
My Thanksgiving Day traditions have evolved over the years, but there are always two constants: food and family. Our Thanksgiving table is usually a combination of traditional favorites (turkey and mashed potatoes) and few personal ones (that shrimp wheel my mom always puts out before dinner.) Plus, it is a good time to not only appreciate your loved ones related to you by blood but also your adopted family. Shout out to all my work spouses, weekend adventure partners, and happy hour buddies.
In that spirit, it is also a time to remember those who need some extra help this holiday season. Turkey trots around the DMV give us an opportunity to raise money for families in need. The best part about turkey trots is you don’t have to be a runner. Many trots offer a 1 mile fun run or walking options. So grab whoever you are celebrating with and use your pre-dinner work out for good. Sign up for a local turkey trot and support your neighbors this holiday season.
All races are on Thanksgiving Day unless otherwise noted. Registration for these events is available on the race websites.
Trot for Hunger in Washington, DC
Trot for Hunger: The Trot for Hunger is the only turkey trot in the District on Thanksgiving Day. Head to Freedom Plaza ready to run and raise some money for SOME (So Others Might Eat). Trot at your own pace at 8:30 am during the Kids Little Turkey Fun Run or at 9:15 am for the 5K untimed run. A timed 5K is at 9:00 am.
Turkey Trots in Virginia
Alexandria Turkey Trot: Head to Alexandria for the 5 mile Turkey Trot at 9:00 am on Thanksgiving Day! Participates are encouraged to bring nonperishable canned or boxed goods to donate to ALIVE! ALIVE! is a local charity that helps Alexandria families in need. This turkey trot is family, dog, and stroller friendly.
Arlington Turkey Trot: The Christ Church of Arlington will be hosting a 5K Turkey Trot at 8:00 am. They are spreading the love with funds raised from this trot! Proceeds will benefit 6 local organizations including Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), A-SPAN, Arlington Thrive, Bridges to Independence, OAR, and Young Life. This event is dog and stroller friendly. However, the organizers note that this even can get crowded so please be mindful of your furry friend’s comfort level.
Vienna Turkey Trot: Exercise early in the week still counts, right? Head to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department in Vienna on Sunday, November 24th (before Thanksgiving) at 8:30 am for a 5K or 10K race. Bring your little ones to the Kids Fun Run at 8:00 am. Proceeds will benefit the James Madison High School Marching Band and the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.
Fairfax Turkey Trot: Head to Mantua Swim and Tennis Club in Fairfax at 9 am for a casual 4 mile trot. Trot at your own pace at this family friendly event – strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. Proceeds benefit Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread), a charity that helps local, low income families. Leashed dogs and strollers welcome.
Virginia Run Turkey Trot: Virginia Run will not be hosting a turkey trot in 2019 but hope to be back in 2020.
Trot for a Cause in Maryland
Bethesda Turkey Chase: The Bethesda Turkey Chase has a race for everyone! Choose from a 10K (8:30 am), 2 Mile (9:00 am), 1 Mile Challenge Run (9:55am), Tot Trot for children 8 and under (9:50am). Races are take place at 9410 Old Georgetown Road. This is the largest 10K in Montgomery County and the biggest fundraiser for YMCA and the BCC Rotary.
Laurel Turkey Trot: Join the Laurel community at McCullough Field at 8 am for a 5K. Proceeds benefit Laurel Advocacy Referral Services, helping local low income families and the homeless.