Thanksgiving Turkey Trots in Cincinnati

Your typical Thanksgiving might go something like this: Wake exhausted from shaving ten pounds of parsnips the night before. Break up a fight between your sisters over pumpkin verses sweet potato pie. Cross your fingers that that bird you’re about to deep fry is fully defrosted and keep the extinguisher handy in case it explodes into a flaming butterball of fire. Stuff your face at an absurdly early hour. Waddle to the couch. Fall asleep before halftime while your kids turn videos of you snoring into internet memes.

Or… this Thanksgiving, start a new family tradition of fresh air, fitness and charitable giving. There are more than a dozen local races to make your holiday of thanks a day of fun with your kids.

Here are six Turkey Trots in Cincinnati to check out! 

Saturday, November 19

Girls on the Run Greater Cincinnati 5K

705 E Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Join 1,200 local girls as they complete their first 5K race. Girls on the Run encourages confidence and healthy lifestyles for third to eighth grade girls. The race is open to the public and starts at 10 a.m. at Sawyer Point.

Holiday in Lights 5K Run/Walk

11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42, Sharonville, OH 45241

Get into the Christmas spirit before you even carve your turkey. Enjoy a gorgeous light display during the 8th annual Holiday in Lights 5K in Sharon Woods.  The race starts at 5pm and takes you through the woods at dusk. Come dressed in your holiday best and enter the costume contest. Proceeds benefit Great Parks of Hamilton County, Hands Against Hunger and the City of Sharonville Christmas Fund.

Sunday, November 20

Breathe Deep Cincinnati Walk and Fun Run to End Lung Cancer

Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This race along the scenic riverfront is a breath of fresh air. Bring your family and even your pet for the 10am run. Four women who lost parents to lung cancer started the event to raise money for research.

Thursday, November 24

Western and Southern 107th Thanksgiving Day 10K Run and Walk

1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Burn off all your guilt about gobbling up dinner. The Western and Southern 107th Thanksgiving Day 10K is the main course for runners. The race kicks off at 9am, with two kids runs before the 10K. The race benefits more than a dozen charities so you can spread the love this Thanksgiving.

Eastern Cincinnati Young Life 2016 Gobble Gobble 5K Run/Walk

7650 Cooper Rd, Montgomery, OH 45242

The 15th annual run starts at 9am in beautiful Swaim Park. The race benefits Eastern Cincinnati Young Life, an outreach program for teens.

Run Turkey Run

5550 Idlewild, Burlington, KY US 41005

If you discover something very important missing from your fridge Thanksgiving morning, you may want to enter this race. Winners of the Run Turkey Run 5K take home a turkey! The race starts at 9am with proceeds benefiting the Burlington Student Mission Projects.

So before you race to the dinner table, then trot to the couch like a stuffed turkey, why not get outdoors and race to the finish line with your family at a Tristate Turkey Trot.

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