Turkey trots: the best Thanksgiving runs in Northern Westchester and Connecticut

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It’s that time of year where we plan a big feast, feel some guilt about all the calories we are about to consume, and then look for an activity to ease the guilt. Here’s something to be thankful for: turkey trots--that great Thanksgiving tradition of bundling up with family and friends in an effort to feel more ok about sampling all the holiday pies--are back this year.

The North Salem Post rounded up the best local turkey trots. Most have a fundraising angle, so you can do good for the community while also doing good for your body. Many have a 5K and a kid-friendly fun run. So grab your people and get out there; those Thanksgiving Day pies will taste even sweeter after you have worked up a sweat.



Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield 40th Annual Turkey Trot
This 5K and kids 1-mile fun run takes racers through the streets of downtown Ridgefield, Connecticut on Thanksgiving Day. A virtual option is also available for those who prefer to run closer to home but still want to compete.
Date: Thursday, November 25
Time: Kids fun run: 8:00 a.m. / 5K: 8:30 a.m.
Fees: Kids fun run: $15 / 5K: $35

Mid-Hudson Road Runner's Club 2021 Turkey Trot
This annual race at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville is a family-friendly tradition. There are race distances for all ages and abilities, including a 25K for the ultra-motivated.
Date: Thursday, November 25
Time: Bob Rother Memorial 25K: 8:30 a.m. / Kids fun run: 8:45 a.m. / Joe Maggi 5-mile run/walk: 9:15 a.m. / 2-mile fun run: 9:30 a.m.
Fees: Bob Rother Memorial 25K: $35 / Kids fun run: no charge / Joe Maggi 5-mile run/walk: $30 / 2-mile fun run: $20

The Great Turkey Escape
Redding, Connecticut community groups banded together to host this Thanksgiving Day 5K and fun run that benefits local nonprofits. Event organizers spoil runners with a long-sleeve tech shirt, an embroidered winter beanie, and a finisher's medal. The race begins and ends at the Redding Community Center.
Date: Thursday, November 25
Time: 3/4-mile fun run: 8:00 a.m. / 5K: 8:30 a.m.
Fees: 3/4-mile fun run: $20 / 5K: $35

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Bedford Turkey Trot
The Bedford Turkey Trot is known for making runners work for their feast. The race bills itself as “the hardest 5.6327K in New York State!” The hills can be unforgiving, but the long-sleeve tech tee awarded to each participant makes for a nice souvenir. This year’s course has been changed slightly, so that the start and finish are both at Bedford Village Memorial Park.
Date: Saturday, November 27
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Fees: $30

Leatherman Harriers “Fat Ass” Run
This Cross River runner’s group hosts a multi-mile trail run that takes participants through Ward Pound Ridge reservation. The “Cobweb Crew” heads out at 5:00 a.m., while the “Early Risers” take off at 7:00 a.m. Never tried a trail run before? Join the “Rookie Runners” at 7:00 a.m. for a shorter course and easier pace.
Date: Sunday, November 28
Time: Cobweb Crew: 5:00 a.m. / Early Risers & Rookie Runners: 7:00 a.m.
Fees: Free


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