With the holiday season beginning earlier and earlier each year, Thanksgiving often gets lost in the shuffle. It’s the perfect holiday to slow down, spend time with family, and reflect on all we are thankful for in our lives. One way to make sure this important holiday isn’t forgotten is to start a new tradition, or maybe just continue with one that’s already been established. In Cincinnati, one way to do this is to participate in one of the many “Turkey Trots” throughout the area this month.
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate, get some fresh air, and give yourself an excuse for seconds this Thanksgiving, check out one of these 6 races! Here’s our Cincinnati Turkey Trot Round Up:
Saturday November 18, 2017
Spend your Saturday morning running through downtown Cincinnati with an organization that encourages health among young girls. The race starts at 10am at Sawyer Point and registration is open to the public. There are also volunteer opportunities available if you’d like to help out!
Get in the holiday spirit with a festive run through picturesque Sharon Woods. This 5K run/walk begins at 5pm and registration is happening now, up until the start of the race. (Register early for better rates!) The last mile of the race takes you through the beautiful Holiday in Lights display at dusk and you can come dressed in holiday costume for a chance at a prize!
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Paul Brown Stadium
Get the entire family involved with this longstanding Cincinnati tradition. In its 108th year, the annual Thanksgiving Day 10K Run and Walk is the perfect way to start your holiday and gives you plenty of excuses to indulge in an extra slice of pie later in the day. The McDonald’s Kids Run takes place at 8:30am with the official race starting right after at 9am.
Swaim Park in Montgomery
The 16th annual Gobble Gobble 5K is an eastside tradition. This fun race takes place the morning of Thanksgiving at 9am, with a free Kids Fun Run right before at 8:45. The event benefits Young Life of Eastern Cincinnati and it’s a great way to start the day as a family!
England-Idlewild Park in Burlington
Northern Kentucky can get in on the fun with this 5K through beautiful England-Idlewild Park. The race begins at 9am with free and easy parking and the best part about this race? The winners get a turkey!
Saturday November 25, 2017
Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex
If you overdid it on Thanksgiving Day, then this is the perfect event for you! Start a new tradition with the Hungry Turkey Half Marathon and 5K at Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex on Wooster Pike. The race takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving and begins at 8:30am. Every finisher receives a medal and don’t forget to pick up a warm and gooey cinnamon roll at the finish line! The perfect way to cap off a great holiday weekend!
These races are a great way to spend time with family and kick off the holiday season in Cincinnati! So get out there and enjoy our city and this lovely time of year.
Photo credit: Facebook/Thanksgiving Day Race
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati (and, ahem, Kentucky!) publications and brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.