Before the Thanksgiving festivities begin (not to mention the eating frenzy), why not get the whole family up and moving with a good old-fashioned turkey trot. These runs and walks are held in Nassau, Suffolk, and the East End around the time of the holiday and many are open to all ages, often featuring a "fun run" just for kids.
Many of these races start bright and early, so even if you’re the one putting the turkey in the oven or have to hit the road by noon to get to grandma’s, you still should be able to fit in a holiday trot. For more seasonal adventures, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and our November GoList.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Massapequa Park Turkey Trot — Massapequa Park
The half-mile youth fun run at this pre-Thanksgiving event, begins at 8:30am, while the 5K run/walk begins at 9. Proceeds benefit the YES Community Counseling Center, a nonprofit that works to prevent and treat drug use and abuse. Register online or mail in a registration form by November 14 to guarantee a T-shirt. Donations of nonperishable food items are suggested.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
City Council Turkey Trot— Long Beach
The 14th annual City Council Turkey Trot starts and finishes on New York Avenue and the boardwalk. The one-mile children’s race starts at 8:30am and the 10k race begins at 9. Top winners receive free turkeys, and all winners get a trophy. Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items. Register online or mail in a registration form by November 14 to guarantee a T-shirt.
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018
Montauk's 42nd annual Run for Fun Turkey Trot — Montauk
Show up at the village green for this community event from 8 to 9:30am to check-in for three- or six-mile races around picturesque Fort Pond. Races begin at 10am. Pre-registration ends November 21. Register online or print out form here.
Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers' Association 13th Annual Turkey Trot — Mattituck
This 5K run/walk is open to all ages and begins at 9am. Register ahead of time for special pricing; same-day registration begins at 7:45am. T-shirts are given to the first 300 registrants. Print out the online registration form.
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The Smiles Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving tradition in Blue Point.
11th Annual Smiles Turkey Trot — Blue Point
The 1½-mile fun run for children ages 10 and younger starts at 8:45am at the south end of Corey Avenue. Turkey headbands are given to all participants, and the top five finishers receive prizes. There is also a 5K run and a 1½-mile walk that each start at 9am. Register online or print a registration form and mail in a check. The event benefits Smiles Change Lives, a nonprofit that provides essential orthodontic treatment to low-income children.
Garden City Turkey Trot — Garden City
The 1.4-mile fun run starts at 9:15am. There is also a 5-mile trot at 10 and a Challenger Division race for special-needs competitors at 8:30. The challenger race is FREE. Register online Consider bringing a nonperishable food donation. Note: There is no parking at St. Paul's or on course roads.
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A Long Island fun run is an ideal way for kids to burn Thanksgiving Day calories. Photo via Shutterstock.
Huntington Thanksgiving Run — Halesite
The fun run begins at 8:30am. There is also a four-mile race at 9am. This popular rain-or-shine event benefits the Townwide Fund of Huntington. Register online.
Oyster Bay Turkey Trot — Oyster Bay
This 5K run/walk through the streets of Oyster Bay is for adults and kids of all ages. Same-day registration opens at 7:45am, and the race starts at 9:30am. T-shirts go to all participants. Proceeds are donated to local nonprofits. Register online and view the course map.There are prizes for the best turkey costume and the best costume of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Port Washington Thanksgiving Day Run — Port Washington
This five-mile race benefits the Community Chest of Port Washington and is open to children ages 9 and older. The run begins at 8:30am and is capped at 3,000 entrants. All registrants receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. Strollers are not permitted. Roads close at 8am, and the parking lot at the park closes at 7:30am, or when full. Register online or print out application. Nonperishable food items are appreciated.
Nissequogue River State Park Turkey Trot — Kings Park
Kids 12 and younger can take part in the 1K Turkey Trot for Kids that starts at 8:30am. All 1K participants receive a ribbon. The 5K run/walk starts at 9am. There’s live entertainment and a cash prize for best Thanksgiving costume. Walkers, wheelchairs, and strollers are welcome. Register online, by mail, or on race day.
Happy running and happy Thanksgiving.
This article is updated annually.
Writer Lisa Mancuso contributed to this post.