Thanksgiving brings bountiful feasting for plenty of folks, but area fitness enthusiasts are lacing on sneakers to burn holiday calories in races and runs. The Thanksgiving Weekend running highlights start Thursday, November 27, and continue through Sunday, November 30.
Don’t be a turkey!
Cluck through each Wisconsin-area running event’s details before racing off to participate or watch.
Race participants, spectators, and volunteers do well, as always, to confirm start times and other event specifics before attending. Race-day registrations and packet pickups may be offered at some running events, but others may have closed all entries in advance. Last-minute changes may also arise with various venues, dates, and other specifics for running events and races in and around Wisconsin.
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Gobble up some fitness fun with these Thanksgiving Weekend running events.
Seasonal runs and holiday races call runners from across the Badger State and surrounding areas. Catch this array of the weekend’s most popular picks.
Doug Opel’s Run for the Kids race goes off on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, at the Sheboygan YMCA in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
In Milwaukee, the Drumstick Dash 5K Run/Walk comes to Miller Park on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27. This event benefits Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, the 7th Annual Festival Foods Turkey Trot runs in Appleton, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, La Crosse, Manitowoc, Marshfield, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Finish Line Training, LLC, presents Kewaskum’s 2nd Annual Turkey Trot Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, in Kewaskum, Wisconsin.
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, the 36th Annual Mayor’s Turkey Day Run takes racers on two-mile and 10K courses on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27.
Run Thanksgiving, the Town Bank Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, is set for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, in Burlington, Wisconsin.
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, The Run Turkey Run 5K takes place at Riverside Park in Watertown, Wisconsin, raising funds for Watertown Family Aid.
The 3rd Annual St. Leonard’s Turkey Trot 2014 races on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, at St. Leonard Catholic Church in Muskego, Wisconsin.
In Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Community Turkey Trek runs from Knights Stadium at Oak Creek High School on Thursday, November 27. This event includes a food drive.
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, the Turkey Trot 5K Road Run/Walk is scheduled at Park Falls City Hall in Park Falls, Wisconsin, to support the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry.
Over the border, the McHenry Turkey Trot for Hospice 2014 – Remembering Carlene occurs at McHenry High School in McHenry, Illinois, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27.
Also on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, the Pewaukee Turkey Trot 2014 hits Nettesheim Park in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, hosted by Pewaukee Park and Recreation.
Runners seeking a break from racing or training may head indoors on Saturday, November 29, for the Sole Sisters 1st Annual Stocking Stuffer Vendor Expo at the Wisconsin Athletic Club in West Allis, Wisconsin. A variety of gift, gourmet, and personal care vendors will be featured at this event, which benefits the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
The 3rd Annual Stuff the Sleigh 5K Run/Walk happens on Saturday, November 29, in Racine. This race’s beneficiary is the Racine County Food Bank.
In Waukesha, Wisconsin, Great Lakes MultiSports has The Big Chill Run 2014 at the Waukesha County Expo Center on Saturday, November 29. This represents a new location from previous years.
On Sunday, November 30, the 2014 Noodleini 15K and 5K Run/Walk take place at West De Pere High School in De Pere, Wisconsin.
These weekend running events offer exciting ways to balance holiday indulgence, while welcoming the festive season in sport.