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10 Thanksgiving Turkey Trots Around the Main Line Region

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Want to get in exercise to offset your Thanksgiving meal? Lace up your sneakers for these turkey trots around the Philadelphia suburbs.

Thanksgiving is a holiday all about tradition and, for some, the annual turkey trot race is something they look forward to all year. These turkey trots around the Main Line will not only help you burn off those Thanksgiving dinner calories, but they also provide great opportunities to give back to your community and raise money for those in need during this special time of the year.

This Weekend

PW American Red Cross Club Turkey Trot

Sunday, November 20 at 11:30 a.m.

The PW American Red Cross Club is hosting its very first turkey trot this Sunday to benefit Hurricane Ian victims. The 5K run/walk begins at 11:30 a.m., and the one-mile race begins at noon.

Victory Fields, 201 E Germantown Pke, Plymouth Meeting

Thanksgiving Day

7th Annual MoTown Turkey Trot

Begins at 8 a.m.

Formerly known as the North Wales Turkey Trot, the MoTown Turkey Trot is back for its seventh year. Get the whole family involved and start a new tradition with the 8K, 5K, two-mile fun run/walk or the half-mile kids’ fun run.

Kiddie Academy of Montgomeryville, 1020 Horsham Rd, North Wales

Chester County Turkey Trot

Begins at 7:45 a.m.

The 20th annual Chester County Turkey Trot is back to help raise funds for the Downingtown West High School cross country team and the Cure4Cam Childhood Cancer Foundation. There will be a 5K race, one-mile walk and kids’ fun run.

Downingtown West High School, 445 Manor Ave, Downingtown

Garnet Valley Turkey Trot 5k

Begins at 9 a.m.


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With a 5K and one-mile run, you have the chance to win some awesome prizes after this Glen Mills race. All participants will receive a long-sleeve tech tee and chipped race bib. There will also be a special Turkey Day prize awarded to the best dressed turkey.

Garnet Valley High School, 552 Smithbridge Rd, Glen Mills

Seven Summits Therapy 5K Turkey Trot and Children’s Fun Run

Begins at 8:45 a.m.

Celebrating its 14th anniversary, this children’s fun run and 5K benefit American Red Cross Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid. Kids will kick off the event with a fun run at 8:45 a.m., and the 5K will follow at 9 a.m.

Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Rd, Wayne

Toss Your Turkey 5K

Begins at 8:30 a.m.


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You’ll receive a long-sleeve tech shirt and TYT race bib for competing in the 12th anniversary of this fundraiser. Proceeds benefit Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities for Feeding and Sheltering the Homeless as well as Pottsgrove Athletics. Family pricing is available for groups larger than four.

Montgomery County Community College, 101 College Dr, Pottstown

Wayne Turkey Trot

Begins at 8 a.m. 

FS Investments is hosting its sixth annual 5K to benefit the For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, Radnor Township Police K-9 Unit and Philadelphia Financial Scholars. Dogs are permitted to attend this event, allowing your furry family members to join in on this tradition with you.

Great American Pub, 4 West Ave, Wayne

Saturday, November 26

Cardinal John Foley School Turkey Trot

Begins at 9 a.m.

After you digest your holiday meal, prepare for this 16th annual trot, which takes place on a two-loop course through the Brookline neighborhood. All proceeds will benefit the students of Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School.

Annunciation BVM Parish, 401 Brookline Blvd, Havertown

Phoenixville’s Burn Off the Bird 5K

Begins at 9:30 a.m.

This 13-year family tradition is back in Phoenixville with a 5K race to ensure you have digested that Thanksgiving turkey. The trot starts at the brand-new Phoenixville Recreation Center parking lot and continues down the Schuylkill River Trail.

Phoenixville Recreation Center, 501 Franklin Ave, Phoenixville

St. Bernadette’s 14th Annual Turkey Trot 5K and Family Fun Walk

Begins at 8:45 a.m.

St. Bernadette’s 14th annual race has something for everyone, with a 5K run or walk, one-mile family fun walk and 100-yard dumpling dash. This course takes you through a beautiful neighborhood in Drexel Hill.

St. Bernadette School, 1001 Turner Ave, Drexel Hill

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