What Is The Busiest Race Day?

Are you planning on running on Thanksgiving?  Did you know Thanksgiving is the busiest race day of the year  in the United States.    Thanksgiving even beats out Fourth of July. Many town and cities across he country will have “Turkey Tots” Thanksgiving morning.  Before you go pack on the pounds eating too much why not go for a run.

A “Turkey Trot” is a running race that is held on or around Thanksgiving Day, in the United States.  Americans anticipate eating too much on Thanksgiving and run in turkey trots to burn off calories before the big meal.

In many parts of the United States, Turkey Trots are as associated with Thanksgiving tradition as the meal itself.   Many courses used for Turkey Trots are between 5K (3.1 miles) and 5 miles.  They pick this distance because  it wont take months to train for the race meaning the organization gets a higher number of participants.    Some organizations hold their Turkey Trots the week prior to Thanksgiving in order to provide festive holiday meals to homeless and low-income families in their community. Turkey Trots range in size from just a few dozen runners to tens of thousands. Most Turkey Trots benefit local charities.

In Cuero, Texas they holds a Turkey Trot every November where hundreds of turkeys parade through the town.

The Buffalo, New York Turkey Trot race was started  in 1896 making it is the oldest continually running race in North America. The race on Thursday, November 27, 2008, marked its 113th consecutive start; and is a popular fundraiser for the local branch of the and drew a crowd of 10,250 runners in 2008.

Thanksgiving Day Races with unique names include the Stuffing Strut and Mashed Potato Mile in Detroit, Michigan and the Feaster Five Road Race in Andover, Massachusetts. The Berwick Run for the Diamonds is a nine mile race first run in 1908 in Berwick, Pennsylvania. This race actually gives out diamonds rings to the top seven men and diamond pendants to the top seven women finishers. The top masters male also wins a diamond ring and top female masters wins a pendant. This race held Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

So before you eat to much why not burn some calories off in the morning.


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