Before the Stuffing: Find Your Local Turkey Trot Right Here

Before you fight your way through another helping of turkey, one mouthful at a time, start Thanksgiving Day the healthy way.
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Before you commence fork-fighting your relatives over the last turkey wing then pass out on the couch to the incessant chatter of football commentators, make sure you do at least one healthy thing this Thanksgiving.

Turkey trots—5K, 10K, and occasionally half-marthon runs that are customarily held on T-day—are a good way to work off the guilt (if you’re inclined to feel any) in advance. After all, Thanksgiving Day is the kickoff to a five-week marathon of gluttony that swallows many Americans. We’ve rounded up all the turkey trots in and around L.A., so this year there’s no excuse. The real benefit is that if you run off some of those calories now, there’ll be more room for Christmas dinner.

What: Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center 5K Turkey Trot
When: Nov. 23, 8 a.m.
Details: Participants will meet at Ted Watkins Park for a 5K turkey trot that’s intended for athletes of all levels. Running is optional. More information 

What: Los Angeles Turkey Trot
When: Nov. 28, 7 a.m.
Details: The event offers 5K and 10K routes through the historic streets of downtown L.A. There’s even a costume contest and an after-party in front of City Hall. More information 

What: 34th Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Fun Run
When: Nov. 28, 8 a.m.
Details: If pronouncing the title isn’t enough exercise, this event, organized by the City of Torrance, offers a family-friendly three-mile run. Participants receive a t-shirt and the chance to win other prizes. More information 

What: Tofurky Trot 2013
When: Nov. 28, 9 a.m.
Details: Too much turkey shaped tofu? This vegetarian alternative, organized by the Tofurky Company, offers a 5k that kicks off at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl. Running optional. More information 

What: 20th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive
When: Nov. 28, 8:30 a.m.
Details: For the past twenty years, participants have enjoyed running this route along Foothill Blvd. while supporting a good cause: Proceeds are used to support year round programs at the La Cañada Flintridge Community Center. Participants meet at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge, and the 5K is professionally timed. Be sure to bring non-perishable food items for the food drive. More information

What: Long Beach Turkey Trot
When: Nov. 28, various times
Details: There are plenty of options on this one: 5K and 10K routes are available, as well as more kid friendly half-mile routes. Participants will meet at the Belmont Pool parking lot near Granada Avenue. More information 

What: Inaugural Pacific Palisades Turkey Trot
When: Nov. 28, 8 a.m.
Details: Participants meet on the Pali High Football Field for a run through the El Medio Bluffs neighborhood known for its stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. More information 

What: Turkey Trot 5K, 10K, 15K, or Half Marathon!
When: Nov. 28, 7 a.m.
Details: You can run anything between a 5K and a half marathon at this Santa Monica event where participants meet at the Beach Path off of Ocean Ave and Bay St. Crescent Bay Park,. Be sure to register in advance. More information