Get a Running Start on Thanksgiving at These SoCal Turkey Trots

Before you sit down to feast, lace up your sneakers and go for a pre-meal run; the pie will only taste sweeter

The Puritans didn’t know about cross-training but you do. Before piling your plate with stuffing, sweet potatoes, and all the other Thanksgiving fixings, have a run at this more contemporary tradition.

Turkey Trot Los Angeles
November 27, various times
Grand Park, downtown L.A.
This second annual event features 5k and 10k races as well as a “Widdle Wobble” course for kids. There will be an award ceremony and festival in front of City Hall after the races. Participants are encouraged to bring canned foods and other items for donation to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Brooks and Brooks Foundation. More information.

35th Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Fun Run
November 27 at 8 a.m.
Sam’s Club, 2601 Skypark Drive, Torrance
This family-friendly three mile fun run is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Racers will receive an event t-shirt and chances to win prizes including mountain bikes, restaurant vouchers, and gym memberships. More information.

Tofurky Trot 2014
November 27 at 7:30 a.m.
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
The casual 5K supports the local groups advocating for plant-based diets. Prizes will be awarded to top race finishers as well those who wear the best costume so get creative. Vegan snacks and drinks will be provided at the finish line and participants will receive t-shirts. More information.

21st Annual Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive
November 27 at 8:30 a.m.
Memorial Park, La Cañada Flintridge
For the past 20 years this race has supported year-round programs at the La Cañada Flintridge Community Center. There will be a 5K and a 10K as well as a kiddie run for the nine and under set. Don’t forget to bring non-perishable items to donate to the food drive. More information.

Long Beach Turkey Trot
November 27, various times
1 Granada Ave., Long Beach
Participate in the 12th annual event by running or walking the scenic path along Belmont Shore. There will be three different start times for the 5K and 10K races; kids can partake in the half-mile Wingding. More than 600 free holiday pies will be given out to random finishers and all proceeds benefit Community Action Team. More information.

Banc of California Turkey Trot
November 27 at 7:30 a.m.
Pali High Football Field, Pacific Palisades
This is not your typical Turkey Trot. With 5K and 10K race options this event includes music, costumes, kids’ activities, and a photo booth. More information.

Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot
November 27 at 8 a.m.
321 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank
The Burbank YMCA invites people of all skill levels to participate in this year’s Turkey Trot. The event features 5K and 10K courses in addition to a revamped kiddie run for racers nine years and younger. Awards will be given out to top finishers and everyone will receive a free finish line photo. A pre-race expo and a Kids Fun Zone make this a family-friendly event. More information.

2014 causelife Huntington Beach Turkey Trot
November 27, various times
21599 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
The event course is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in SoCal and includes 1K, 5K, and 10K courses with various starting times. In the past four years the Huntington Beach Turkey Trot has raised enough money to drill 19 wells in developing countries, each of which provides water to nearly 1,500 people. More information.

Orange County Turkey Trot
November 27 at 8 a.m.
Irvine Valley College, Irvine
This flat course 5K race allows strollers and children on bicycles so the whole family can participate together. There are also kids races with different age categories. There will be plenty of finish line refreshments, and every registered runner will receive a medal and a t-shirt.More information.

Dana Point Turkey Trot
November 27, various times
Dana Point Harbor
Since its conception 37 years ago, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has raised more than half a million dollars to local non-profits. Proceeds for this year’s race will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley, Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, and Family Assistance Ministries. The event includes a 5K and a 10K as well as an expanded kids’ Gobble Wobble one-mile race for children between the ages of five and twelve. More information.