Michigan Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Roundup

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’re no doubt preparing for all things overindulgent. Between the stuffing, mashed potatoes, various casseroles, pies, and the turkey (be it fried, brined, smoked, or roasted), why not balance the endless eating with a run? 

Whether you’re a brand new runner looking to jog a mile, someone looking to participate in a family friendly 5k, or a seasoned runner who’s been training for a 10k or half marathon, there are turkey trot runs all around the state of Michigan for almost any distance or difficulty level you can imagine. 

Thousands of people participate in this yearly tradition, and with this year’s unseasonably warm fall it’s a perfect year for you and your loved ones to get involved and have some fun! We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a list of five Turkey Trot runs for you to check out:

2016 Molly Poe Turkey Trot

This run is in Joseph Delia Park, Sterling Heights, Michigan, on Thanksgiving. There is a 10k and a 5k run/walk, starting at separate times. All proceeds go to support the family of Molly Poe, who passed away unexpectedly in November 2015 at 26 years old, and was survived by her husband and two young sons. 

America’s Thanksgiving Parade Turkey Trot

In Detroit, Michigan, the America’s Thanksgiving Parade Turkey Trot features a 10k, 5k, 1 mile run, and a few combination options. All runs take place on Thanksgiving. The races are all stroller friendly, and a DJ provides an amazing soundtrack to keep you motivated!

ANTI-Turkey Trot 

Shelby, Michigan, is home to this annual ANTI-Turkey Trot hosted on Thanksgiving Day features a 10k, 5k, and a 1 mile run. The race is designed to be the opposite of most turkey trot races, the 5k and 10k start at 10 AM to promote sleeping in on the national holiday rather than waking up at the crack of dawn. 

Grand Rapids Public Schools Turkey Trot 

Join approximately 2,000 runners in the 24th annual Grand Rapids Public Schools Turkey Trot this year! The run takes place on Thanksgiving Day, and features a 5k as well as a “Mini Trot” that’s free for ages 12 and under. It’s a great way to get up and moving and start an annual family tradition in the process! 

Lansing Turkey Trot

This 5k in Lansing, Michigan, circles through downtown Lansing, past the Capitol Building, and the state Christmas tree. This will be the Lansing Turkey Trot’s 16th year, and it takes place on Thanksgiving Day. 

Whether you have been doing an annual Thanksgiving run for a long time or you’re looking to try something new this year, these five races are sure to be a hit! 

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