We love Thanksgiving. Around the Nation, families and friends gather to share a meal together. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pie, the list of dishes goes on and on. But. . . 

Did you know that Turkey Day is the biggest running day of the entire year?!

In 2017, 1,001,703 Athletes participated in 827 Athlinks-affiliated events. We’ve seen the number of participants on Thanksgiving grow year over year and we put together some fun statistics in the hope that the numbers will motivate you to get your own slice of the Turkey Trot pie.

READ ON – Statewide Turkey Trot Discount Codes Below!

If you’re thinking about taking the family Turkey Trotting, make sure to check out our list of recommended Thanksgiving races around the country below. Follow the registration links and don’t forget to enter those Discount Codes at checkout!


Mesa Turkey Trot – Mesa, AZ
One of Arizona’s oldest running events. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without it!
Use Code: MESA15 for 15% off registration

Fountain Hills Turkey Trot – Fountain Hills, AZ
Celebrating 28 years, join us for a Fountain Hills tradition and get some exercise before you hit the mashed potatoes and gravy!
Use code: FOUNTAIN15 for 15% off registration

Phoenix Turkey Trot – Phoenix, AZ
Turkey Day 5K Phoenix. A Thanksgiving Day tradition!
Use code: PHX15 for 15% off registration


San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive 15K, 10K & 5K – San Diego, CA
Put your turkey in the oven, pack up the family and come and run or walk San Diego’s only Turkey Trot with 3 distances to choose from!
Use code: SOUTHBAY10 for 10% off registration

25th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive – La Canada Flintridge, CA
The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge’s Thanksgiving Run & Food Drive is dedicated to bringing communities together!

Drumstick Dash 2018 10K/5K at the CBS Studios Backlot – Studio City, CA
“Move Your Feet, So Others Can Eat” – All proceeds go to help homeless men, women, and children this holiday season.
Use code: DRUMSTICK20 for 20% off registration


Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield Turkey Trot – Ridgefield, CT
Join the Boys & Girls Club for this great running tradition – the 37th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Race and the 17th Annual Kids Fun Run!

41st Annual Pequot Runners 5 Mile T’Day Race – Southport, CT
41 years of tradition over the Southport/Westport “Gold Coast” roads. Extremely scenic, the course is flat and gently rolling.

2018 Rowayton Turkey Trot – Norwalk, CT
Join us Thanksgiving morning for the Rowayton Turkey Trot 5K, followed a few minutes later by the 1 Mile Fun Run.


39th Annual Turkey Trot in Cape Coral – Cape Coral, FL
Proceeds for the 39th Annual Turkey Trot benefit Lee County programs that promote and reward healthy living in the community.
Use code: 39THANNUAL2 for $2 off registration

Pensacola Turkey Trot 5k – Pensacola, FL
Voted one of the best 5K courses in Pensacola, this year’s event is proud to support the Manna Food Bank.
Use code: PENSACOLA5 for $5 off registration. 

2018 Baptist Health Turkey Trot  Miami 5K/10K presented by Publix – Miami, FL
Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with the Baptist Health Turkey Trot! Bringing people together to start the day a healthy way.
Use code: BAPTISTHEALTH10 for 10% off registration


Edwardsville Turkey Trot 5K – Edwardsville, IL
Join us for the Edwardsville Turkey Trot 5K hosted by Neighbors in Need. Burn some calories for that extra piece of pumpkin pie.
Use code: EDWARDSVILLE5 for $5 off registration

2018 The Chocolate Turkey – Peoria, IL
Burn off those calories to gear up for Turkey Day, in partnership with the Heller Center for Kids with Cancer.
Use code: CHOCOLATE5 for $5 off registration

Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago presented by Byline Bank – Chicago, IL
Gather your flock and join us for this Thanksgiving Day tradition, supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Use code: ARTVANLTF10 for 10% off registration


NEIFP Turkey Trot – Cedar Falls, IA
Join us for a family friendly Turkey Trot on Turkey Day!
Use code: NEIFP2 for $2 off registration


Beast 2 Feast – Minneapolis, MN
A Thanksgiving tradition around Lake Calhoun with fun for the family. Tech shirts, medals & refreshments for all participants.
Use code: B2F5 for $5 off registration

Life Time Turkey Day Minneapolis 5K – Minneapolis, MN
Get your Thanksgiving started on the right drumstick and enjoy some light-hearted fun at the Life Time Turkey Day 5K!
Use code: LTFTD10 for 10% off registration


19th Annual Chesterfield Turkey Trot – Chesterfield, MO
19 years of Thanksgiving memories! Join us in this tradition presented by Chesterfield Parks and Rec and St. Luke’s Hospital.
Use code: CHESTER2 for $2 off registration

2018 Olivette Turkey Trot – St. Louis, MO
Join us Thanksgiving Day for a 5K Run/Walk around town! Help feed those in need by participating in this family friendly event.
Use code: OLIVETTE3 for $3 off registration

Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk 2018 – Kansas City, MO
Start your Thanksgiving off with a scenic run/walk along Ward Parkway! The morning includes pumpkin pie and a Kids Fun Run.
Use code: WARDPKWY15 for 15% off registration

New Jersey

Merchantville Turkey Trot – Merchantville, NJ
5K starts at 10 East Chestnut Avenue, 9:00am, 1 Mile to follow at 9:30am, Event shirts for first 600 registrants!

2018 Patanella’s Green Brook Thanksgiving Turkey Trot – Dunellen, NJ
Bring the family! They can run, they can walk, they can run/walk! Leave the excuses home and come have some FUN!!!

New York

2018 Smithtown Kickers Turkey Trot – Smithtown, NY
This Thanksgiving, we are running our Annual Turkey Trot 5K & 1 Mile Family-Fun-Run races for our local Smithtown charities!


Delaware Turkey Trot – Delaware, OH
The Delaware Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving morning. Enjoy great swag and a great family-friendly environment!
Use code: DELAWARETT5 for $5 off registration

Hamilton Thanksgiving 5k for YoungLives – Hamilton, OH
The 4th Annual Hamilton Thanksgiving Day 5K for YoungLives has become a tradition. Funds support our local YoungLives program
Use code: HAMILTON3 for $3 off registration

Powell Turkey Trot – 4 Miler – Powell, OH
Celebrate family, friends and fitness as we indulge in the beauty of the Historic Downtown Powell lined course.
Use code: POWELL5 for $5 off registration


Burgettstown Turkey Trot – Burgettstown, PA
A rolling out-and-back course through the streets of Burgettstown with “the” challenging uphill finish to the High School.
Use code: BURGETT2 for $2 off registration

Sewickley Turkey Trot – Sewickley, PA
Start at War Memorial Park, wind your way through historic streets of Sewickley. Proceeds benefit the Faith in Action program.

Face to Face 26th Annual Turkey Trot 2018 – Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Insurance Companies and The Maguire Foundation are proud to sponsor the 26th Turkey Trot to Benefit Face to Face.


13th Annual Johnson City Turkey Trot 5K – Johnson City, TN
Join 4,000+ friends and family as we celebrate Thanksgiving and trot together at the13th Annual UP & AT ‘EM Turkey Trot!

Borodash 2018 – Murfreesboro, TN
Race 4 miles through some of the most scenic areas of town, including MTSU, Historic Downtown, Main Street and The Square
Use code: BORODASH2 for $2 off registration

Cleveland Thanksgiving Day 5k – Cleveland, TN
Join us for the 3rd annual Thanksgiving Day 5k in Cleveland, TN!


Charlie Normile 5k Turkey Trot – Virginia Beach, VA
In honor of Charlie and James Normile, raising money for the Navy SEAL Foundation in memory of men who lost their lives serving.
Use code: CHARLIE2 for $2 off registration

2018 Fairfax Turkey Trot – Fairfax, VA
Join us in the heart of Old Town Fairfax for the Fairfax Turkey Trot benefiting the City of Fairfax Fire Dept. Benevolent Fund.
Use code: FAIRFAX5 for $5 off registration 

5th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5k in Corolla – Corolla, VA
Thanksgiving Day 5k in Corolla at The Whalehead Club is a family and community event in the spirit and fellowship of the holiday.
Use code: COROLLA5 for $5 off registration

Happy Trotting from Athlinks!



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