Ah, Thanksgiving. The traditional feast we Americans celebrate each November comes with more calories than humans should normally consume in a single day, but we do it anyway. And hopefully, we don’t do it every day!
If we are going to eat a giant meal, we might as well make ourselves feel better about it by getting some exercise in on the same day, so somebody thought up this wonderful idea of the Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot is usually a 5K/10K Fun Run, held on Thanksgiving morning, to get your metabolism working before those carbs take their place in your belly.
Many Turkey Trots welcome families with a mini-run for young kids, often named something like a Gobble Wobble, or something else just as cute. That way it can be a family affair, with strollers and baby carriers – and walking – being welcomed as well.
Even better than getting exercise on Thanksgiving morning is the fact that most Turkey Trots in Los Angeles have a charity component, with portions of the registration fee being donated, or hosting a food collection station on site.
And since we can usually count on terrific weather for Thanksgiving in SoCal, it’s just a great chance to get outdoors and enjoy. These are a few of the super fun, family-friendly Turkey Trots in Los Angeles and we hope you get to try one!
10 Fun Turkey Trots in Los Angeles and SoCal
Turkey Trot Los Angeles
Starts and finishes at City Hall
200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
The annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles has a great motto: “Trot before you gobble and support an important cause.” This event will support The Midnight Mission, an organization dedicated to helping those struggling with homelessness. There is a 5K and 10K option as well as a “Widdle Wobble” for those 12 and under.
Annual Pacific Palisades Turkey Trot
15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Families are invited to participate in the Annual Palisades Funding Turkey Trot happening Thanksgiving morning. There is a 5K and a 10K race. Finishers receive a medal. This event benefits the Hearts with Hope charity, “an initiative that brings medical, dental, and administrative care to children living with congenital heart disease throughout the world.”
Related: Holiday Races in Los Angeles
This year’s annual Burbank YMCA Turkey Trot is designed for those who are casual joggers, competitive runners, and everything in between. “A portion of this year’s proceeds support the Y’s Financial Assistance Program,” and a portion of the proceeds will also support the Y’s new Social Impact Center, “Burbank’s first LGBTQIA+ Resource Center in the history of Burbank.” Run, walk, push a stroller and participate in a great cause.
New location – Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA
“Move your feet so others can eat” by participating in the Drumstick Dash on Thanksgiving morning. This annual 5K/10K running event raises “funds for the homeless and hungry throughout the San Fernando Valley.” This family event allows participants to run, walk, or even push a stroller. Participants receive a shirt, finisher medal, and the good feeling that comes from knowing you’ve helped someone else. Registration information is available online.
Related: Places to Do Good at Thanksgiving
Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Turkey Trot Fun Run
Sam’s Club Parking Lot
2601 Skypark Dr., Torrance, CA
The City of Torrance Community Services Department hosts the Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Turkey Trot Fun Run Thanksgiving morning at 8:00 am. This three-mile run promises to be lots of fun. All participants receive a commemorative shirt, and after the fun run, there will be a drawing for lots of great prizes. And don’t forget to donate canned foods which will be distributed to people in need throughout the South Bay.
Annual Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive
1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge’s (CCLCF) Annual Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive is a popular tradition for many families. This year there are two ways to participate – in person or virtually. Additionally families are encouraged to donate canned and non-perishable foods. Registration information is available online
Related: Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go
Annual Dana Point Harbor Turkey Trot
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, CA 92629
“You ran the race, now stuff your face,” so says the Dana Point Turkey Trot! Participants can walk, jog, or run a 5K or 10K scenic route through the picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. Kids ages 4-12 can also participate during the Kids’ Gobble Wobble one-mile race. All participants will receive a shirt prior to the race and be awarded a medal after crossing the finish line.
Long Beach Turkey Trot
Start and finish at Granada Boat Launch, Long Beach, CA
The Long Beach Turkey Trot is an in-person event happening Thanksgiving morning. Participants may choose to complete a 5K or 10K and there is a Kids 1/2-mile Wingding option available as well. Additionally, participants are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate which will benefit the AIDS Food Store. Participants are also encouraged to complete the course while wearing a costume.
Ventura Turkey Trot
King Dr., Ventura, CA
The Ventura Turkey Trot happens on Thanksgiving Day and is something the whole family can participate in. There is a 5K Run/Walk option, a Kids 1K (for kids 14 and under), and a virtual option available. “This loop course is fast and flat, so come out and sweat with us before you sit down for your Thanksgiving feast.” This year’s charity partner is the Ventura Land Trust which “has been protecting and preserving the beautiful open space in Ventura and the surrounding region” since 2003.
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).
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