Updated from 2018: IF TRAVELING FOR THANKSGIVING DO YOU WANT TO FIND A TURKEY TROT WALK/RUN FOR WHICH TO REGISTER BEFORE ALL THE T-SHIRTS ARE GONE? Or are you staying home and want to find the best in the region, because family and friends will want to join the fun? There are more scenarios that could describe your situation if it involves finding an event in the future, like coming up in November, or this very next weekend.
You could seek the advice of a runner, walker, or cyclist* in the area. Or visit the local running/cycling specialty store and search for flyers that advertise upcoming events. Most of us would simply search online with basic terms identifying the town, event type, distance, and date.
However, here are a few other searchable options that I tested for one specific date November 28 or by entering terms “Thanksgiving Day races” or “Turkey Trot”. I gave each my best effort at searching, only looking to identify foot races, but some sites listed additional sport events. Keep in mind that your search skills may surpass mine, and the specific site will be of greater help to you than indicated by my comments.
The idea is that if you try hard, there might be just the perfect event for your purpose in the location, and on the date, that is desired.
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2. Event finder sites:
USA Track and Field “Events Calendar”
Running in the USA
3. Race management company sites:
Limited races and locations searching by date; many more when “turkey trot” is used as search term
Not easy to use; not well organized by location or date
Not many events; not well organized by location or date
Not many events
4. Specialty store websites (there are, of course, many others; I chose two as examples)
Only company sponsored events were listed
Company site posted the “Chicagoland and Beyond” local race calendar
5. Local YMCA websites (there are, of course, many others; I chose two as examples)
‘Y’ Races in Maryland
First ever Thanksgiving race, contested in Buffalo NY 1896! This year‘s 8k marks the 124th annual event. https://www.ymcabuffaloniagara.org/annual-events/ymca-turkey-trot/
6. Phone apps
Not that easy to use. To swipe to get through many events was time consuming. Limited locations to search. Other apps claim to serve this purpose like Race Finder by LocalRaces.com.
BibRave.com race review/rating service
A race will only be listed if it has been submitted for review. But this may be of help if the race you decide upon is popular and registration closes quickly.
Best to plan early to get reduced,early bird event pricing and be eligible for a t-shirt.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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