For the last five years I’ve started my Thanksgiving by participating in a Turkey Trot. Just me, and a couple thousand other souls, covering 3.1 miles before the gluttony of the day commences. Forget the benefits of exercise (tho I must admit I appreciate the stress reduction it provides) it’s worth doing just for the positive energy that the participants and volunteers put out.
The first couple of years I did it alone.
Then a couple of years ago a dear friend joined me.
Last year Long Suffering joined us.
So this year, the three of us will participate in our new Thanksgiving tradition.
If you haven’t done one, you’re missing out on a lot of fun. There are always a couple of people wearing turkey costumes, or turkey hats. There’s usually a Santa or Mrs. Claus on the course. The one I do is a good-sized event, so there’s a DJ spinning tunes at the Start and Finish.
The races are family-friendly events and you can often see three, even four generations participating.
They’re walker friendly. You don’t have to run a step (just make sure you line up at the back of the starting line). They’re (almost, use common sense) any fitness level-friendly too. There are hardcore runners who complete it in well under 20 minutes, and grandparents pushing strollers who cross the finish line in over an hour.
Most races benefit a local charity. Ours raises funds for the Literacy Center and the Inter-faith Food Pantry.
And most, give out t-shirts emblazoned with the name of the race and the year, so every time you open your drawer, you’re reminded of what a great time you had. 🙂
How do you spend Thanksgiving? What are your traditions?