2012 DC Area Turkey Trot Races

I am pretty sure everyone in America is running for the same reason on Thanksgiving Day

Pumpkin pie. Apple pie. Turkey and mashed potatoes. Dressing. Gravy.

Luckily for us, we’re sticking around town this year, which means I can run the local Turkey Trot and my husband can play in our church’s turkey bowl.

If you’re heading out of town, there are even a couple races the weekend before. So no excuses. The money raised from some of these races will also go to help feed those in need.

We are also so lucky to live in a place with mild weather at this time of year. It’s perfect for a quick run outside and even better when you can come inside and enjoy something warm. Like cocoa. Or a Thanksgiving feast (which hopefully my husband will be preparing).


November 17:

Turkey Trot 10K at Quantico Marine Corps Base. There’s also a miler for kiddos under nine. Register here.

Herndon Turkey Trot 5K.

Freeze Your Gizzard 5K race and 1-mile fun run in Leesburg. All ages are welcome and the first 400 who show up in their best turkey costume or a shirt from previous races will receive a prize. Register here.

RidgeRunners Club Turkey Trot 5K walk and 10K run in Woodbridge.

November 22:

Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Mile Race in Del Ray. All ages are welcome. Register here.

Arlington Turkey Trot 5K. Sponsored by Christ Church of Arlington, the event will likely sell out this year. Register here.

Virginia Run Turkey Trot 5K run and 2K walk in Centreville. Register here.


November 22:

Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger 5K and Little Turkey One Mile Fun Run. Sponsored by SOME (So Others May Eat), this race can be run as an individual or team. Register here.


November 17:

Cranberry Crawl 5K/10K in Carderock, MD. Sponsored by Potomac Valley Training Club, register here.

November 22:

Turkey Chase 10k race, 2 mile run and 50 meter kid’s run in Bethesda. Sponsored by Congressional Bank, register here.

The best part of all these races? You’ll still have time to come home and cook up your feast, or freshen up before heading out to enjoy your holiday.