Do you know how many times I’ve used the excuse on Thanksgiving Day “it’s ok, I ran a race this morning” to help myself to seconds, thirds and an extra slice of pie at Thanksgiving Dinner?  That could be YOUR excuse this year too! 


  • November 19th: YMCA Turkey Trot Relay

    Ann Morrison Park

    Taking place a few days before Thanksgiving, this unique race gives you a chance to run for your Thanksgiving turkey! The YMCA Turkey Trot is a 4-person relay where each teammate runs a two mile loop through Ann Morrison Park.  Before the race, you’ll be asked to predict how long it will take the four of you to complete the 8 mile circuit.  The best part?  You don’t have to be the fastest turkeys on the course! The team that comes closet to their predicted time will be crowned the Turkey Trot champion.  Each person on the winning team will receive a free Thanksgiving turkey!


  • November 24: Turkey Day 5K

    Main Street in Downtown Boise

    Better set that DVR for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! Now in it’s 4th year, the Turkey Day 5K attracts almost 3,000 runners and walkers to Downtown Boise on Thanksgiving Morning. The flat and fast 5K helps benefit the Boise Rescue Mission and City Light Home for Women and Children through food donations from participants, friends and family. You may even see some great Thanksgiving costumes on the streets that day!


  • November 24: Struttin’ for Stuffin’

    Skyview High School, Nampa

    Editor's Choice

    Call this editors choice!  Struttin’ for Stuffin’ is hands down my favorite Thanksgiving race.  It offers runners and walkers their choice of a half marathon, 10K or 5K distance.  The best part?  You don’t have to be a speedy turkey to go home with some hardware.  Everyone who finishes on Thanksgiving Day receives an adorable (I’m sorry, their turkey logo is probably the cutest turkey I’ve every seen!) 3-4” die cast medal and FREE race photos from the course! I also have it on good authority that the race directors just found a new chef, so I’d count on the finish line party being pretty epic! Look for me and my friends from Team Run Boise at this one!