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Turkey Trottin'

Posted by Chrissy Horan  November 29, 2013 11:24 AM

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If you turkey trotted or gobble wobbled yesterday morning, you took part of the busiest racing day of the year.

According to, in 2011, Thanksgiving Day surpassed the 4th of July as the most popular day of the year to run a race in the US. That year, there were 698,000 running Thanksgiving day events, compared to 248,000 running 4th of July races that year. In 2012, that number of turkey totters increased to 858,000. One can only assume that number increased again in 2013.

Whether running to compete, catch up with old friends from your hometown or just to burn a few calories before the afternoon’s food festivities, lots of people were out racing yesterday morning.

I took the day off on Wednesday so I could travel down to NY to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. And the Wednesday departure was perhaps planned purposefully so that I could be home for the local Turkey Trot Thursday morning. A 5 mile road race, the Garden City Turkey Trot in Garden City NY usually hosts about 3000 runners. Running it for the 3rd time, it is always extremely well organized. More importantly, this was the first year I convinced others to run with me.

Garden City Turkey Trot

Back in Massachusetts, my boyfriend’s 9 year old nephew ran his first 5K yesterday, adamant that he would do the full race and not the kids’ run. I’m recruiting him for my team for Thanksgiving 2014 already.

If you participated in a Turkey Trot this year, you can share your pictures at

Runner’s World suggests runner’s make Thanksgiving the kickoff to a holiday running streak. To stay in shape through the holidays, pledge to run at least 1 mile a day from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

I’m not sure if I will be streaking this holiday season, but after all the turkey, sides and pies (yes, plural), I will be heading out for another run again this afternoon.

As always, let me know what you think and what’s going on in your running community. Post comments here or email me at

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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