Thanksgiving Races 2019

Thanksgiving races are fun for the whole family. Thanksgiving is when many people come home from college or from out-of-state to be with their family for the holiday.

Christmas is about creating a special time at home for the kids. Thanksgiving is about coming home to spend time with family and eat Mom’s great cooking!

Thanksgiving is also a great time to spend with friends and go for a run!

Here are some race on or around Thanksgiving that you should check out.

Pre Thanksgiving Races

Here are a few races in the Thanksgiving theme, but a few weeks away from Thanksgiving.

AGN Turkey Trot Tune-Up 5K

2 November  – 9:30 walkers and 10:00 AM for runners – Saturday

Pavilion Park, Ipswich, MA

The Association of Great Neck (AGN) hosts the annual Turkey Tune-Up 5K Run/Walk at Pavilion Park to benefit the AGN Scholarship Fund.

The 5K Run/Walk circles scenic Great Neck with ocean views and is stroller and leashed dog friendly.

The race is a USATF sanctioned event and timed by Bay State Race Services. T-shirts with advanced registration (by October 31) .Prizes for winners in all age groups, refreshments, and a raffle.

This is a small race with plenty of parking and kid friendly.

Registration is $30 and is open.

2nd Annual ViaFit Turkey Chase

17 November 8:00 AM – Sunday

Danvers, MA

ViaFit Turkey Chase, Danvers, Thanksgiving racesThis is a 5K and 4.5 Miler in downtown Danvers.

A portion of proceeds will be allocated to the People to People Food Pantry.

We are requesting all participants bring a non-perishable item with them to pre-race packet pickup or on race day. For every non-perishable item you bring, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a variety of donated prizes, gift baskets, gift certificates and more.

My advise is to place your food donations in the bag you plan to take to the race the night before. Early in the morning, it’s easy to forget things.

Registration is open and is $35 through November 16th and $40 on race day.

Billerica’s 8th Annual Turkey Trot

17 November 11:00 AM – Sunday

Billerica, MA.

Billerica Turkey TrotAt 10AM there is a free Tot Trot (kids 11 and under) around the Marshall Middle School Track.

At 11AM the 5K starts from the Marshall Middle School.

All proceeds support the Billerica Partners for Education (, the Billerica Substance Abuse Prevention Committee, and the Billerica Public Schools Health and Wellness Committee.

Registration open and is $25 and $30 on race day. Senior registration is $15 and $10 for students 13 and under.

Teams are encouraged, so get your whole family together for a great 5K run or walk.

RE/MAX Executive Charitable Foundation 5K

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Hopkinton, MA

Start and finish right outside the doors of Hopkinton Country Club!

After the race enjoy an amazing Breakfast Buffet which will include fresh fruit, assorted danish, muffins, breakfast breads, assorted yogurts, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fried potatoes, assorted juices, coffee and tea!

So burn some calories conquering those 3.1 miles and then come feast!

Registration is open and is $45. This includes a tech shirt and an amazing buffet breakfast.

2nd Annual Kingston Turkey Trot 5K

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Kingston, MA

This USATF certified course begins and loops back to the Hilltop Athletic Club on Pottle Street, Kingston, MA.

Registration is open and is:

Adult (19-69): $25.00 online (plus fee)/ $30.00 on-site
​Senior (70+): $15.00 online (plus fee) / $20.00 on-site
Student (11-18): $20.00 online (plus fee)/ $25.00 on-site
Child (10 & under): $15.00 online (plus fee) / $20.00 on-site​
Online registration is open through the end of the day on Thursday, November 21st

6th annual Newton Turkey Trot

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Waban, MA

Newton Turkey TrotThe USATF Certified 5K run is a beautiful out and back course that leads you through Newton neighborhoods, onto the Commonwealth Avenue carriage lane to Newton City Hall and loops back to end at Zervas Elementary School. The roads will be monitored by Newton Police. ​​

​​​This year the Newton Turkey Trot will be raising money for both the Newton Food Pantry and Travis Roy Foundation’s Ethan Wang Fund.

Registration is open through November 19th, and is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the kid’s 1 mile fun run. Prices increase $10 on October 29th.

6th Annual Westborough Turkey Trot

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Westborough High School, Westborough, MA

Westborough Turkey TrotAll proceeds benefit Westborough Public Schools complementing programs and innovative initiatives.

Registration is open and is: $25 for the 5K, $30 on race day and $5 for the kid’s fun run.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving please bring non perishable items, canned food or dry goods to the High School on race day. We will be collecting those items and donating them to the Westborough Food Bank. Thank you!

There will not be a bag drop at this race.

St. Mary’s Jingle Bell 5K and Fun Run

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Longmeadow, MA

Please support St. Mary’s Academy as we raise funds for the school in our Jingle Bell 5K run and 1 mile fun walk. Our mission at St. Mary’s Academy is to promote academic excellence within a Christ-centered Catholic community.

Students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 learn acceptance and appreciation of others and develop to their full potential within a nurturing, family environment.

Please join us after the race in the gym for Coffee/Hot Chocolate, Bagels, Christmas Music, Arts & Crafts, Awards, Raffles and a visit with Santa.

Registration is $25 per person and $60 per family.

Rachel’s Run

23 November 9:15 AM – Saturday

Tyngsboro, MA

The USATF has chosen this course as part of its Cross Country Series. The USATF race will start at 11:15AM for the women and 12:15PM for the men.

This run/walk event raises funds for the Academy of Notre Dame Rachel Morrison Memorial Fund.

There is an event for everyone in the family on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

There will be a community walk at 9:15 AM followed by a trail dedication ceremony at 10AM.

The community 5K run will start at 10:15 AM.

Registration is open!

7th Annual Medford Jingle Bell Run

24 November 11:00 AM – Sunday

Medford, MA

Medford jingle bell run 5K, kids racesThe Medford Jingle Bell Walk/Run benefits all public and private schools in the City of Medford.

When you register for the Medford Jingle Bell Run, you can choose which Medford school, team or club to support with your registration fee.

This unique fundraising concept allows you to support the school, team or club dearest to your heart.

Each school, team and club also compete to get a percent of all money raised from race related fundraising. Each group gets a percent of total fundraising based on how much money each group raises through their own efforts.

So when you buy a raffle ticket  or other fundraising item you help the child from that organization increase how much money their organization receives from the race.

The route is flat and fast. It begins at the Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden and heads down Riverside Avenue into Medford Square – left at Citizens Bank – left onto Clippership Drive – right onto Riverside Avenue – right onto Freedom Way – follows the bike path and around Hormel Stadium – back down Freedom Way – left onto Riverside Avenue ends at the Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden.

Registration fee is: $10 for kids under age 11; $15 for kids 11-18; and $25 for adults in advance or $30 day of race.

Race day bib pickup and registration is at the Medford Senior Center which is next to The Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden on Riverside Ave.

Thanksgiving Races 2019

10th Annual Milford Scarlet Hawks Turkey Day 5K

28 November 7:30 AM – Thanksgiving

Milford High School

Registration is open at $20 for adults and $15 for 18 and under.

21st Annual Marathon Sports Hingham High School Turkey Trot 5K

28 November 7:30 AM – Thanksgiving

Kick off your holiday weekend the right way with the biggest Thanksgiving Day race on the South Shore. Race proceeds go to the Hingham High School XC/Track Boosters, and awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.

Registration is open and is $30 and $20 for 18 and under.


28 November 8:00 AM

John Glenn Middle School Bedford, MA

This is a friendly fun-run / walk as a fund-raiser for Bedford Food Pantry. The event provides a significant portion of the food pantry annual budget, and is a great way to build up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner.

The race does not use timing chips and is limited to 250 runners and walkers.

The registration fee until November 20 is $30. November 21-28 is $35. Children 12 and under receive a discount (applied at checkout) so bring the whole family!

This is a USATF sanctioned race, with sanction # 19-02-286.

Ayer Fire Department Thanksgiving 5K

28 November 8:00 AM – Thanksgiving Day

Sun, rain, or snow we run!

The course is mostly flat, with several short hills. Course runs down Main Street and through residential neighborhoods. Marshals will be posted throughout the course, and a water station will be provided on the race course.

Registration is open

Free Thankful 5K

28 November 8:00 AM

McKay Street, Pittsfield, MA

Start your Thanksgiving morning with this 8:00 AM family friendly run.

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry will be the beneficiary of race proceeds this year!

To support this years cause please consider purchasing a Thankful Beanie (winter hat) for $20

Non perishable food items will be collected at Berkshire Running Company up until race day.

Bib number and Beanie pick up will be at BRC on Wednesday November 27th from 10 AM-6 PM and race morning from 7 AM-7:45 AM

Race start is on McKay Street. This is a 6 lap family friendly course on a roughly 1/2 mile loop with sidewalks.

Registration for this free race is open.

Braintree Athletic Association Thanksgiving 5K

28 November 8:00 AM 

Join the 20th running or this Thanksgiving 5K!

Registration is $25 until November 25th and then goes up to $35.

11th Annual North Reading 5K Turkey Trot

28 November 8AM

Ipswich River Park – North Reading, MA.

All proceeds to benefit North Reading High School sports programs. Race registration is capped at 1,500 runners.

Registration open – Students $25, Adults $35, Family up to 4, $65 until Nov. 11th. 

Attleboro YMCA Gobble Wobble 5K

28 November 8AM

Attleboro YMCA, Attleboro, MA

Pre-race registration $25, race day $30. T-shirts for first 250, awards three deep in each age category! Child Watch available at the YMCA.

They are looking for a few volunteers for this race.

Great Gobbler Thanksgiving Day 5K

28 November 8:00 AM

Little Gobbler Fun Run – 7:30 AM

Nashua HS, Nashua, NH.

Proceeds benefit Nashua HS Cross-country Teams. 

Canned good donations will also be accepted for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.

Registration is open:18+ $20, 17 and younger $15, FREE Little Gobbler Fun Run (ages 2-10).

After November 17 fees are $25/20 and FREE respectively.

40th Annual Greater Gardner Turkey Trot 5 Miler

28 November 8:00 AM 

Gardner City Hall – Gardner, MA.

Registration for the 5 mile walk or run is $15.00. The walk begins at 8:10 and the run at 8:30.

Newburyport Maudslay Turkey Trot 5K

28 November 8:20 AM

Maudslay State Park

This 30th annual cross-country 5K raises funds for Pettengill House, Our Neighbor’s Table & Opportunity Workshop.

Please bring a few cans of food for Our Neighbor’s Table Food Pantry.

Registration is open and is $32 or $16 for 18 and under.

Southborough Gobble Wobble 5K

28 November 8:30 AM

Kids run starts at 9:30 AM

Trottier School

Brought to you by the Southborough Recreation Department for 13 years and supporting local non-profits helping your friends and neighbors.

Registration is open and is $35/per person (run/walk), $25/Ages18 and under.

Concord Turkey Trot

28 November 8:30 AM – Thanksgiving Day

Keyes Rd in Concord Center 

This family friendly event is a great way to start Thanksgiving Day! Race-day Registration opens at 7:30 AM and is $35 cash or check.

Registration is open through November 16th for $30, $15 for kids 12 and under.

Registrations are capped at 1,500 – so don’t wait!

Please bring a food item to donate to the Open Table Food Pantry. They are in need of hearty soups and boxes of cereal in particular.

The Boston Volvo Thanksgiving Day 5K

28 November 9:00 AM – Thanksgiving Day

Allston, MA

Come be a part of this awesome event and help change the world for people with MS.

The event includes a tee shirt for the first 700 runners to register, prizes for the top run finishes, fundraising prizes, and is a chip-timed, USATF-certified course.

I ran this race a few years ago and it is well organized. You will enjoy running through the neighborhoods of Allston and Brighton smelling pies and turkeys cooking as you go by homes full of families preparing their Thanksgiving Feasts!

Registration is open and is:
$25 until 9/30/2019
$35 10/1/2019 – 11/27/2019
Event Day Registration
$40 11/28/2019

Province Town Pilgrim Trot

28 November 9:00 AM

Sandcastle Resort and Club

What better place to run a Pilgrim Trot then where the pilgrims landed, Provincetown!
All proceeds will be donated to HOW (Helping our Women)
T-Shirts to the first 50 entrants​​
$100.00 cash prize for the first male and female finishers

Registration is $25 and $30 day of.

Acton Turkey Trot

29 November 10:00 AM – Friday

RJ Gray Middle School

Registration is $30 and $35 on race day. Kids 12 and under are $15. Race day registration is cash or check only. T-shirts to the first 300 to register by November 13th.

Andrea Holden Thanksgiving 5K Road Race

30 November 10:00 AM – Saturday

Dennis Inn, Dennis, MA

All funds raised go to benefit the health and well-being of children in the Mid-Cape Area, and Four Annual College Scholarships at D/Y High School in Andrea’s name.

Registration is open and is $18 and $10 for 12 and under.

Wolf Swamp Turkey Trot 5K and 2 mile Walk

30 November 11:00 AM

Wolf Swamp Elementary School, Longmeadow, MA

Registration is $20 and $25 after November 15th.

Run well my Friends!



Author: OmniRunner

9X Boston Marathon finisher, 17X marathons total. Sharing my love for running and the fun adventures and lessons that come with it. Helping non-profits increase fundraising and new runners celebrate their First 5K.

2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Races 2019”

  1. I think holiday races are so fun. Ever since I started running, I’ve done a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. We also have a fun one in December where everyone dresses up and we run through lights in the park.

  2. They are a lot of fun. The holidays are great for local races and it even gets the kids out! The only problem in our area is that there are so many to choose from! I still have more to add.

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