8 Turkey Trots in the Washington DC Area

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 that always makes a pre-dinner appearance.) 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. 

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 Little Turkey Fun Run or at 9:10 am for the 5K untimed run.  A timed 5K is at 9:00 am. 


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.

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, Bridges to Independence, and Youth Life South Arlington. 

Vienna Turkey Trot: Exercise early in the week still counts, right? Head to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department in Vienna on Sunday, November 19th 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. 

Giving Thanks 5K: Head to the Washington and Old Dominion Recreation Trail in Vienna at 8:00 am to trot in support of our troops and veterans. There will be a 5K race and 1K fun run. Proceeds will benefit organizations supporting our service members including TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and Fisher House Foundation. 

Virginia Run Turkey Trot: Join Virginia Run in Centreville, Virginia for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Register for a 5K run or a 2K walk starting at 8:00 am. Make sure to register for the 5K before you get there, but walk ups are welcome for the 2K walk. All money raised will benefit Life with Cancer.


Bethesda Turkey Chase: The Bethesda Turkey Chase has a race for everyone! Choose from a 10K, 2 Mile, 1K, or 50 Meter Tot Trot for kids 8 and under. You can even be a Virtual Runner (just raise money – no running required). Races are scheduled between 8:30 and 9:45 am and take place at 9410 Old Georgetown Road. Money raised will benefit the YMCA and BCC Rotary, supporting families in Montgomery County. Minimum donation is $35 per runner.

Laurel Turkey Trot:  Join the Laurel community at 8 am for one of three races: 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run, and the Sleepwalker (for all the slow pokes). Proceeds benefit Laurel Advocacy Referral Services, helping local low income families and the homeless. 

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I'm Kelley Smith and I love sharing tips on how to best explore Washington, DC. I love pretty much anything I can eat plus really good beer and whiskey served by story telling bartenders. I also like sassy museum guides, photogenic architecture, and colorful urban gardens.

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