6 Thanksgiving Road Races

Get fit and give back this holiday



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Thanksgiving is a day to give back, and of course enjoy a great meal with your family. It’s also a great opportunity to show a little gratitude for your body. Luckily, there are a number of opportunities in Fairfield County to get in a great workout while giving back—all before the turkey comes out of the oven. Check out this list to find a Thanksgiving road race near you.

1. New Canaan Turkey Trot

Start Location: Irwin Park, 848 Weed St, New Canaan
Date/Time: Sunday, November 24 at 11 a.m.
Now in its 10th year, the New Canaan Turkey Trot 5K run and 1 mile walk in Irwin Park supplies Thanksgiving meals and funds to families in need. This year’s race proceeds will benefit the Open Doors Shelter in Norwalk, and spectators are encouraged to make a donation, too. There will be great raffle prizes, Vineyard Vines gift certificates, manicures, workout glasses, and various other coupons to local stores and restaurants. Work up an appetite while providing meals for those who wouldn’t otherwise be lucky enough to have a warm meal on Thanksgiving.
Registration fee: $20


2. Stratford Masonic Bodies Turkey Day Trot

Start Location: Stratford Theater, 2422 Main St, Stratford
Date/Time: Thursday, November 28 at 8:30 a.m.
The 12th annual Turkey Day Trot is a family tradition in Stratford. Participants can run or walk the 5K course, and there will be awards and gifts for top finishers in each age group. Note: Participation is limited to 1,200 people and there will be no registration on race day. Limited in-person registration and bib and packet pickup will be held November 26 and 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crunch Fitness (1100 Barnum Ave).
Registration fee: $27 ages 19 and over; $20 ages 18 and under


3. The Great Turkey Escape

Start Location: West Redding Fire Department, 306 Umpawaug Rd, Redding
Date/Time: Thursday, November 28 at 8 a.m.
Organized by Landmark Preschool staff, the inaugural Great Turkey Escape 5K is appropriate for novice runners and seasons road race enthusiasts alike. With the only one short hill at mile two and a fast downhill finish, you might just crush your PR. A 1K kids run starting at 9 a.m. makes this a family event. All race proceeds will stay in Redding and be donated to local units of the Boy Scouts of America, West Redding Volunteer Fire Department and Landmark Preschool’s Education Fund. Participant goodies include long sleeve tech shirts, embroidered running caps, finisher medals for the kids, and more. Number of entries is limited by the venue’s parking capacity, so organizers expect the event will sell out before race day. Secure your spot at the starting line now! Registration fee: $35 5K; $20 1K


4. Newtown Turkey Trot

Start Location: Hawley School, 29 Church Hill Rd, Newtown
Date/Time: Thursday, November 28 at 7:45 a.m.
You’ll definitely earn your Thanksgiving feast completing this challenging 5k run through the scenic hills of Newtown. Sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank with proceeds benefitting the C.H. Booth Library, the turkey trot is part of the Newtown Road Race Series, which includes the Rooster Run in June and the Newtown Road Race in September. Beat the race day rush by picking up your race packet at the library (25 Main St) on November 26 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. or November 27 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration fee: $25


5. Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield Turkey Trot

Start Location: Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield, 41 Governor St, Ridgefield
Date/Time: Thursday, November 28 at 8:30 a.m.
The Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield Turkey Trot is a 5K run and half-mile kids’ fun run is a longstanding Fairfield County tradition, now in its 32nd year. Kids will enjoy following Tom the Turkey, the race mascot, to the finish line. Join the organizers and fellow runners for some pre-race carbo loading at the annual pasta dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the club (sponsored by Planet Pizza).
Registration fee: $35 until November 24; $40 Thanksgiving week; $15 kids’ fun run


6. Greenwich Alliance for Education Turkey Trot

Start Location: Arch Street Teen Center, 100 Arch St, Greenwich
Date/Time: Thursday, November 28 at 10 a.m. (5k)
Enjoy a scenic, flat 5K loop in Bruce Park while supporting educational success for all Greenwich Public Schools children. A 1 mile fun run/walk will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and all finishers of that event will receive a participation medal. All participants registered by November 22 will receive a t-shirt and goody bag. Plus, registration fees increase $5 on race day, so don’t wait!
Registration fee: $25 adults; $10 children ages 14 and under

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving race in Fairfield County? Tell us about your family’s tradition in the comments below!