At Thanksgiving, how can people simultaneously share their blessings, work up an appetite, and work off that second piece of pie? By participating in a fun run, of course! These runs accommodate most anyone, even walkers – if you’re not trying to win, just don’t start at the front of the crowd and block the serious athletes! Often there’s a shorter course for people with strollers and dogs. Water is provided, plus drinks and goodies at the finish. Prizes are awarded to top finishers. If you don’t want to run, there are usually volunteer opportunities the day before and the day of the race. Charity fun runs are becoming a Thanksgiving holiday tradition, because they make you feel good about yourself and promote community spirit – and they start early, so they don’t interfere with dinner. There’s sure to be one near you!
The Alexandria Turkey Trot is a certified, fast, flat road race that attracts over 3000 runners and walkers of all ages. It benefits the A.L.I.V.E. Foundation, helping Alexandria’s less fortunate residents. Separate races are held for dogs and strollers. The race begins at 10:00 AM on Commonwealth Ave. For registration and important FAQ’s, check http://www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com/home
Christ Church of Arlington hosts the Arlington Turkey Trot 5K Fun/Run Walk at 8:00 AM. Another large race, it benefits three local charities. Lots of family fun – wear costumes!
Register early if possible. See http://www.ccapca.org/turkeytrot.htm for more information – scroll down and click the “register online today!” link for full race details.
Ashburn Farm 10k/5K/2K Fun Run, the 17th annual event, is hosted by Crossroads United Methodist Church and benefits children at HUMBLE Place, a school and orphanage in Lukojjo Village, Uganda. There are staggered start times for the three races; the first one begins at 8:15 AM. No pets. See http://www.active.com/running/ashburn-va/ashburn-farm-10k5kfun-run-2010-bd246 for registration and race specifics.
In Centreville, the Virginia Run Turkey Trot has been a Thanksgiving morning tradition for 22 years. This certified 5k run and 2k walk attracts over 4000 participants! This year’s event begins at 8:00 AM; go to http://www.virginiarun.com/turkeytrot to register and get important details, including where to park. All proceeds are donated to Life with Cancer.
Lansdowne on the Potomac will hold its 3rd annual 5K Turkey Trot & 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk at 8:00 AM. This run benefits the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, providing emergency shelter, food and support to women and their children who are targets of domestic abuse. Go to http://www.lansdownehoa.com/link/linkshow.asp?link_id=311010&assn_id=10360 for details and to download the registration form. Advance registrations only, through Nov 22.
Saturday, Nov. 27
If you’re busy on Thanksgiving Day, or have such a great time that you want to do another run, you’re in luck! The 2nd annual Drumstix Dash 8K & 1 Mile Family Fun Run will be held at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, Nov 27, at 9:00 AM. Proceeds go to Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia, Inc., to counsel homeless Fairfax County residents and promote the need for suitable housing for needy families. Preregister and get race details at http://www.active.com/running/fairfax-station-va/drumstix-dash-8k-and-family-fun-run-2010 .