Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

by McEnearney on November 16, 2018

Just imagine: Wouldn’t it be great to burn off your Thanksgiving calories before you even sit down for the meal? We know this isn’t actually possible, but just bear with us. While you can’t burn calories that don’t exist yet, you can feel better about the calories you consume after taking part in one of the many Turkey Trots around the Washington, D.C. area. Among the many ways to enjoy November around D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, Thanksgiving Day runs are one of the most popular events. Some trots are for charity, while others are just for personal satisfaction, but all are another great reason for gathering family and friends for good fun and a little workout. Take part in these Turkey Trots and kick-off the holiday season!


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In Maryland, the 36th Annual Turkey Chase Charity Run at the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase (9401 Old Georgetown Rd.) includes a 10K race and a 2-mile fun run/walk, plus shorter challenges for kids. The run supports the YMCA’s Youth and Family Services and the BCC Rotary Club and Foundation, and it takes place at 8:30 on Thanksgiving morning.


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In D.C the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger is at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. It starts at Freedom Plaza, at the corner of 13th Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). This popular 5K fun run and family walk benefits programs for the homeless, and helps SOME (So Others Might Eat) to provide much-needed food, clothing, healthcare, and more to the over 10,000 people in need each year.



Virginia seems to be hosting the majority of the area’s Turkey Trots and Races, and they all benefit different causes. The 13th Annual Arlington Turkey Trot (8 a.m., Thanksgiving morning, at Christ Church of Arlington) actually benefits six local organizations: Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), A-SPAN, Arlington Thrive, Bridges to Independence (formerly AACH), OAR, and Young Life. The 6th Annual Fairfax Turkey Trot (9 a.m., Thanksgiving morning, at Mantua Swimming Pool) will benefit Britepaths, an organization dedicated to developing sustainable solutions to meet the challenges of low-income working families through emergency assistance, financial literacy and one-on-one mentoring. The 30th Annual Virginia Run Turkey Trot (8 a.m., Thanksgiving morning, at Pleasant Valley Road) has raised more than $1 Million for Life with Cancer since it began.


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The Alexandria Turkey Trot is celebrating 43 years and is expected to draw 5,000 runners. Starting at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning at George Washington Middle School, it boasts a Metro-accessible start and finish line, a dog and stroller friendly course, and a flat fast and scenic course through the heart of Del Ray. We are proud that our very own McEnearney Associates, The Jen Walker Team, is the Title Sponsor for this premier area event.



Whether you take part in a Turkey Trot or not, there is nothing like a breezy walk or run on Thanksgiving with your friends and family to reflect on what you’re thankful for.

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