On Thanksgiving Day in a typical household, the schedule revolves around eating (a lot), watching football or holiday movies on television, and relaxing with family and friends. In Phoenix, you can also start the Thanksgiving holiday by doing something healthy and fun, maybe even for a good cause.
Turkey Trots in Greater Phoenix
While some people want a challenge like climbing Piestewa Peak or Camelback Mountain in Central Phoenix or South Mountain in South Phoenix (they will be busy on Thanksgiving), others opt for something flatter. Families, singles, and people who are just in town for a short time will like the typically moderate weather in Phoenix on Thanksgiving that makes participating in a turkey trot more appealing. What is a turkey trot? It is simply a walk or run that takes place on Thanksgiving Day. Registration in advance is recommended.
All the following walks and runs take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.
Fountain Hills Turkey Trot
More than 1,500 people participate in this holiday tradition each year. Choose from a 5K run or 1-mile fitness walk. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in various age divisions. No pets are allowed. The starting line for all distances will be on La Montana Drive. Stay after the race to watch the Chamber of Commerce's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Timed 5K and 10K runs and a 1-mile run/walk are part of the Mesa Turkey Trot on a flat and fast course at Red Mountain Park in Mesa. The Turkey Trot, one of the Phoenix area's oldest running events and a Thanksgiving tradition, is sponsored by the Sertoma Club of Mesa. Proceeds are contributed to non-profit organizations in the East Valley and across Arizona, primarily benefiting the disabled and underprivileged citizens of our community.
This annual Thanksgiving Day run through downtown Phoenix at Wesley Bolin Plaza features 5K and 10K runs, along with a 1-mile dash for those who aren't up for a longer run. And the youngest members of the family get a trot all their own so they can be part of the fun. There will be pumpkin pie and cranberry aid stations along the course, and food and hot drinks after the race. And there's more: Dress up in costume and you might win an award. Prizes will be given for best turkey, most creative costume, best-dressed family, best-dressed couple, and best-dressed team.
A 10-mile, 5K, and 1-mile fun run all start and finish at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria. Proceeds from the race benefit the Peoria Diamond Club. You can also bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Peoria Diamond Club's toy drive. The top three winners in each age group get a pie for a prize (appropriate for Thanksgiving Day).