Turkey trots are a great way to spend the morning on Thanksgiving, whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking to run (or walk) for fun. And most of them are open to all ages or feature a "fun run" just for tots. If you are not trapped in the kitchen waiting for the bird to cook--or if you are but want everyone else out from under foot--get the family out to work off those calories in advance to make room for the feast to come. And be sure to check out our Long Island Fun Guide for lots of other activities in the area, as well as our Long Island Events Calendar.
Thanksgiving Day Races, Thursday, November 24, 2016
Montauk's 38th Annual Run for Fun"Turkey Trot
Montauk Circle, Montauk
The Annual Run for Fun/Turkey Trot starts at 8:00 am. Show up at the Village Green between 8-9:30 am to check-in for three or six-mile races around town. Sponsored by the East Hampton Town's Dept. of Parks and Recreation. Pre-registration is not necessary. The first 300 Participants will receive a commemorative tee-shirt. Sponsored by Keeshan Real Estate and the Town of East Hampton. Info: 324-2417
Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers' Association
9th Annual Turkey Trot
Mattituck High School, 15125 Main Rd, Mattituck
This 5K race/walk is open to all ages and begins at 9am. Same-day registration opens at 7:45am. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 registrants. Print out the online registration form or for more information call 631-298-4242
35th Annual Shoreham-Wading River Thanksgiving Day Races
Miller Avenue School, Miller Avenue, Shoreham
The 1-mile run for children under 12 starts at 8:15am. T-shirts will be given to all pre-registrants and to same-day race registrants as available. There is also a 5K "No Ashley Hill" race at 8am and a 5-mile Challenge Race at 8:50am. Proceeds go to the Senior Scholarship Fund. Download and print the registration form or for more information call 631-821-8116
8th Annual Smiles Change Lives Turkey Trot
Coreys Creek Park, Corey Avenue & Middle Road, Blue Point
The 1.5-mile Kids' Fun Run for children ages 10 and under starts at 8:45am at the south end of Corey Avenue. Turkey headbands will be given to all participants, and the top three finishers will receive prizes. There is also a 5K run and a 1.5-mile walk that each start at 9am. Register online or for more information call 631-289-3990
Huntington Thanksgiving Run
American Legion Post 360
Mill Dam Road at Route 110, Halesite
The Fun Run begins at 8am. There is also a 4-mile race at 9am. his popular rain-or-shine event benefits the Townwide Fund of Huntington. Register online or for more information call 631-549-3006.
Oyster Bay Turkey Trot
Oyster Bay High School, East Main Street, Oyster Bay
This is a 5K race for adults and kids ages 14 and up. Same-day registration opens at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 9am. There is also a $100 turkey costume contest and $100 Teddy Roosevelt costume contest. Register online or for more information call 516-313-5491
Port Washington Thanksgiving Day Run
Manorhaven Beach Park,158 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington
This 5K race benefits the Port Washington Community Chest and is open to children ages 9 and above. The run begins at 8:30am. The race is capped at 3,000 entrants. All registrants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Strollers are not permitted in the run. Roads close at 8am, and the parking lot at the park closes at 7:30 a.m. or when full. More information, registration, number pickup locations and parking advice may be found here.
Garden City Turkey Trot
St. Paul's School, 285 Stewart Ave. near Rockaway Ave., Garden City
The 1.4-mile Fun Run starts at 9:15am. There is also a 5-mile Turkey Trot at 10am and a Challenger Division race at 8:30 a.m. The Challenger race is free. Please consider bringing a nonperishable food donation. The organizers emphasize that there will be no parking at St. Paul's or on the course roads.
Massapequa Turkey Trot
John Burns Park, 4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park
The half-mile Family Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m, while the 5K Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Friday, November 25, 2016
13th Annual St. John the Baptist Run Your Turkey Off
St. John the Baptist DHS, 1170 Montauk Hwy., West Islip
If you can't quite face running on Thanksgiving Day itself, this may be the race for you. At 9am there is a free 800-meter Fun Run for kids 12 and under. Medals will be given to all children who cross the finish line. For older kids and their parents, there is a fast, flat 4K (2.5-mile) run through the streets of Islip.
Happy running and happy Thanksgiving!
Top photo: A "fun run" is a great way to burn some Thanksgiving Day calories. Photo via Shutterstock.