turkey trot

2023 Valley of the Sun Turkey Trots

There’s no denying that, for many individuals, the highly anticipated highlight of Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations is the food. However, indulging in holiday specialties and savoring your favorite side dishes can be even more gratifying after a pre-feast workout.

So, why not kick off your holiday festivities by participating in a turkey trot or one of the various holiday fun runs in the metro Phoenix area?

Beyond the joy of the run, many turkey trots and holiday runs contribute to local charities. Explore the event’s website to discover where the proceeds are directed. Additionally, most races provide enjoyable perks for runners, ensuring you might leave with a stylish T-shirt, a well-deserved medal, or an impressive finisher’s certificate.

Arizona Road Racers Thanksgiving Day Classic: Thursday, November 23rd. 1 mile, 5K and 10K. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave. https://runsignup.com.

Gilbert Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 23rd. 1 mile and 5K. SanTan Village, 2218 E.  Williams Field Road, Gilbert. https://runsignup.com.

Mesa Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 23rd. 1 mile, 5K and 10K. Red Mountain Park, 7745 E. Brown Road, Mesa. https://www.mesaturkeytrot.com.

Phoenix Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 23rd. 1 mile, 5K and 10K. Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $8-$50. https://www.phoenixturkeytrot.com.

Fat Turkey Trail Run: Saturday, November 25th. 5K and 10K. Linear Park in Tempe, just west of Tempe Town Lake Marina. $38-$79. http://www.aztrailrace.com.