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15+ Turkey Trots in SoCal for Thanksgiving

Updated for 2022

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!

runners in front of Disney Hall  Turkey Trot Los Angeles
photo courtesy of Turkey Trot Los Angeles

15+ 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. Races have staggered start times on Thanksgiving morning. Details and registration information are available online. 

Annual Pacific Palisades Turkey Trot
Starts and Ends at Palisades Charter High School 
15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Families are invited to participate in the 9th Annual Palisades Funding Turkey Trot happening Thanksgiving morning at 8:00 am. Families may choose to run either the 5K or 10K race. All 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.” Registration information is available online. 

Related: Holiday Races in Los Angeles

Burbank YMCA Turkey Trot
321 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502

The annual Burbank YMCA Turkey Trot is designed for those who are casual joggers, competitive runners, and everything in between. The event starts early (warm-ups begin at 7:00 am), which means it ends early too, so you have plenty of time to finish up preparations before your family’s Thanksgiving meal. “A portion of this year’s proceeds support the Y’s Financial Assistance Program, a program that makes it possible for everyone, regardless of means, to enjoy Y programs and services.” A Kids Race Option is also available. Details and registration information are available online. 

Drumstick Dash 2022
NoHo Arts District
Race Starts at 11275 Chandler Blvd., North Hollywood, CA

Described as “LA’s largest Thanksgiving 5K/10K run,” Drumstick Dash is happening on Thanksgiving morning. “Move your feet so others can eat!” In addition to the run, the fun also includes freebies, a costume contest, as well as a Lil’ Gobblers Race. All proceeds “will help Hope of the Valley provide over 500,000 hot meals for homeless men, women and children.” You can find all the details as well as registration information 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 is hosting the 42nd 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.

runners at starting line of Turkey Trot Los Angeles
photo courtesy of Turkey Trot Los Angeles

29th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive
Memorial Park
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. There is a 5K option as well as a Kid’s Mile (for children 12 and younger). Additionally families are encouraged to donate canned and non-perishable foods. Registration information is available online. 

Related: Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go

45th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, CA 92629

“You ran the race, before you stuff your face,” says the Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot! Participants can walk, jog, or run a 5K, 10K, or 15K Combo. There is also a one-mile Gobble Wobble for kids (ages 2-12). All participants will receive a shirt prior to the race and be awarded a medal after crossing the finish line. And if you can’t make it in person, there is the opportunity to be a Virtual Participant.  

Long Beach Turkey Trot
Start and finish at Granada Boat Launch, Long Beach, CA

The Long Beach Turkey Trot is happening Thanksgiving morning, with two start times — 7:30 am and 9:00 am. 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.  

Related: Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner in Los Angeles

Ventura Turkey Trot
6300 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 as well as a Kids 1K (for kids 14 and under). “This loop course is fast and flat, so come out and sweat with us before you sit down for your Thanksgiving feast.” Participants are also asked to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging Food Drive. 

Anaheim Turkey Trot 5K/10K and Fun Run
2610 E. Patella Ave., Anaheim CA 92806

There are multiple courses available in the Anaheim Turkey Trot — including a 5K, 1-mile Fun Run, a 10K, and a combo — which means the whole family can get involved. The event is happening on Saturday, November 19th, and all finishers receive a medal. This is a “flat, fast course” and is described as the “best way to Run Up an appetite.” Registration information is available online. 

Thanksgiving Day 5K – Simi Valley
Rancho Simi Community Park
1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93065

The Thanksgiving Day 5K – Simi Valley is happening on Thanksgiving morning at 8:00 am. The “mostly flat course takes you along Arroyo Creek bike path.” Participants also will earn a medal and finisher’s shirt. Registration information is available online. 

Seal Beach Turkey Trot
Start and Finish on Main St., Seal Beach, CA

The Seal Beach Turkey Trot is happening on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 19th. There is a 5K and 10K Run/Walk option, a 5K Gym Challenge option, and a 1K Kids “Don’t Be a Turkey” Trot (for kids 10 and younger). The Seal Beach Turkey Trot has partnered with two charities, Grateful Hearts and Project SEEK. The Seal Beach Turkey Trot’s goal is to “donate over 300-holiday meals for families in need” and to “raise funds for our local schools.”

9th Annual Turkey Trot OC 5K Run/Walk
1 Hope Dr., Tustin, CA 92782

The 9th Annual Turkey Trot OC 5K Run/Walk is happening Thanksgiving morning at 8 am. Registration includes a “custom finisher medal and t-shirt.” Plus, there’s that so-good-feeling in knowing that your actions will help so many. The goal of this Turkey Trot is to help raise the funds the Orange County Rescue Mission needs to provide 30,000 meals. Details and registration information are available online. 

Turkey Trot 5K, 10K, 15 K, Half Marathon
Crescent Bay Park
2000 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA
 

Head to Santa Monica on Thanksgiving morning to participate in the Turkey Trot. The course is described as “super easy,” comprised of a series of loops around the beach path. All finishers will receive a medal. This Turkey Trot describes itself as a “small informal event,” with an emphasis on personal satisfaction over racing. Registration information is available online. 

Turkey Trot/Fun Run
Central Park
11200 Base Line Road, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701

If Rancho Cucamonga is more convenient for your family, you can participate in the 3rd Annual Fun Run on Thanksgiving morning. There is no standard registration fee. Instead, participants are asked to give $25 (and up) gift cards which will then “be presented to a local charity to enhance a child’s Christmas.” Check the website for more information as it becomes available.  

2022 OC Turkey Trot
Irvine Valley College
5500 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

Get ready for the 2022 OC Turkey Trot. Families can choose from the I mile, 5K, or you can do both in a combo race. A Kids Gobble Wobble has shorter distances and is broken up into age groups (3 and under participate in the Diaper Dash, 4-5 year olds have fun in the Tot Trot, 6-10 year old and 11-12 year olds compete in their own Youth Races). “Run fast, jog, trot, walk, or enjoy a nice stroll on this flat scenic course.” Finishers receive medals and a slice of fresh pumpkin pie!

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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