Thanksgiving Races 2014

Thanksgiving races began a week before the holiday

My first holiday themed race was the 25th ANNUAL BREAKHEART TURKEY TROT at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, Mass. This was a free race put on by the Mass DCR and staff at the Saugus park on November 23rd.

I’m not sure if this would qualify as a “Park Run” for my English friends. But the race was entirely within the 600+ acres of the park.

Anyone who has run a 5K in Breakheart is familiar with the usual loop and the five hills in the last mile of the race. The people running this race know the park unlike any other race organizers. They run the place after all!

After we did the first three hills and just before mile 2, they had us turn left onto a trail through the woods! I have never run a race through Breakheart on the trails. I almost didn’t believe it, but they had orange cones across the paved path.

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Turkey Trots

It’s that time of year again. The holiday themed races are here!

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5K Runners

For most people these races are for fun and an excuse to get a little exercise in before the Thanksgiving feast, or to work off the cookies and eggnog. Quite often people dress up and finish times are of no concern.

You can be sure that the people who win these 5K races will come in under 21 minutes. Almost every race has a handful of serious runners, but the rest of us can have our own fun!

Turkey Trots

Billerica Partners for Education 3rd Annual Turkey Trot for Education

Sunday, November 16th 11AM, Billerica, MA.

There is a free Tot Trot for kids 11 and under at 9:45AM.   Adults – $25 pre-reg, $30 day of, Seniors $15.00.

All profits from this event go to support the Billerica Partners for Education, the Billerica Substance Abuse and Prevention Committee, the Billerica Public Schools Health and Wellness Committee and the Billerica Positive Culture and Climate Committee.


25th Annual Burbank YMCA 5k Classic

Saturday, November 22nd in Wakefield, MA.

Proceeds will benefit the Burbank YMCA Annual Fund Campaign LIVEStrong and Pink cancer survivor exercise programs. Both programs provide a safe environment for exercise and emotional support to improve overall health. The Annual Fund support allows this program to be free for all cancer survivors. For more information or to donate to the programs visit

Registration still available for $20 w/ out shirt. If any shirts are available you can buy one race day for $5.00.  Not a Turkey Trot, but in the holiday season.


1st Annual Mansfield Family Turkey Trot – 5K Walk/Run

Sunday, November 23rd at 10AM in Mansfield, MA

All proceeds from the Turkey Trot will DIRECTLY benefit the Friends of Memorial Park. Registration is $25.00

North Reading 5K Turkey Trot

November 27th at 8AM, North Reading, MA.

All proceeds to benefit North Reading High School sports programs. Race Day registration starts at 6:45AM – Students $15, Adults $25, Family up to 4, $55 until Nov. 17th. Then fees are $20/30/65, respectively.


Attleboro YMCA Gobble Wobble 5K

November 27th at 8AM, Attleboro, MA

A nice early 5K. Pre-race registration $25, race day $30. T-shirts for first 250, awards three deep in each age catagory!

Great Gobbler Thanksgiving Day 5K

November 27th at 8AM at Nashua HS, Nashua, NH.

Proceeds benefit Nashua HS Cross-country Teams. Little Gobbler  Fun Run: 7:30AM.

18+ $20, 17 and younger $15, FREE Little Gobbler Fun Run (ages 2-10). After November 17 fees are $25/20 and FREE respectively.

35th Annual Gardner Turkey Trot 5 Miler

Thursday, November 27th at 8:00AM in Gardner, MA.

Entry is $10 and proceeds benefit Gardner HS & Narragansett HS Cross Country & Track Teams. After November 22nd, registration is $15.00


Medford Jingle Bell Walk/Run

Saturday, November 29th at 10:30AM, Medford, MA

The Medford Jingle Bell Walk/Run is a 5K race to benefit Medford High School and Medford Vocational Technical High School. This is a fun, family race–for runners and walkers alike. Free t-shirts will be given to all who register in advance. Festive clothing and costumes are strongly encouraged!

Registration is $25 for 18+ and $15 for children 10 to 18. 


10th Annual Assault on Mt. Hood Cross Country Race

3.5 Miles, December 113th at Noon in Melrose, MA. Date is 12/13/14!

Proceeds to benefit Housing Families, Inc. and other local charities.

Pre-race registration is $25, race-day registration is $30.00.


Run well my friends!


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