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Thanksgiving Races 2021

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Thanksgiving is when the kids come home from college or from out-of-state to be with the family for the holiday.

Thanksgiving races are a great time to get together with friends and family and go for a run!

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

Pre Thanksgiving Races 2021

Billerica’s Annual Turkey Trot for Education

14 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 is open and is:

$30 – Preregistration online—No Registration Fee! Or $25 by mail
$35 – Day of Race registration
$15 – Senior Citizens
$15 – Pre-registration for students ages 13 and under who are running/walking the 5K
*Family Cap: $80

Newton Turkey Trot

20 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 and is $35 for the 5K. The kid’s 1 mile fun run is sold out!

Westborough Turkey Trot

20 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

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 and no finisher’s medals.

8th Annual Rachel’s Run

20 November | 9:15 AM walkers, 9:45 AM runners | 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.

Awards to top three finishers and age-group top finishers. No finisher’s medal will be awarded.

Registration is open!

Norwell Middle School PTO Turkey Trot

21 November | 9:00 AM | Sunday

Scenic walk/run 5k through the streets of Norwell, this 5k starts and ends at Norwell High School.

All proceeds from the race go to Norwell Middle School PTO, which provides grants to teachers, enrichment programs and ancillary student services.

Registration is open through November 17th and is $35 for adults and $25 for students. Families of 4+ can run or walk for $120.

Thanksgiving Races 2021

12th Annual Milford Scarlet Hawks Turkey Day 5K

25 November | 7:30 AM

Milford High School

Register as a team of 4 and show your competitive spirit! At the end of the race, we will add up your cumulative times.
Prizes will be awarded to the fastest team

Registration is open at $25 for adults and $20 for 18 and under. Too late for t-shirts.

34th Annual Feaster Five Road Race

25 November | 7:45 AM Kid’s K, 8:30 AM 5K/5 Miler

We are thrilled to be back and are looking forward to once again running the streets of Andover with 10,000 of our closest friends on Thanksgiving morning!

As COVID-19 and its variants remain part of our lives, we wanted to assure our supporters and runners that you can also “Run it your way.” Participants who live in the region or plan to be in Andover for Thanksgiving, have the choice to join fellow participants at the start line in Andover or run virtually. The registration procedure is the same.

Registration is $40 for the 5K or 5 miler, 12 and under pay $30 for the 5K and Kid’s K is $10.

My 2017 Feaster 5 Recap

23rd Annual Marathon Sports Hingham High School Turkey Trot 5K

25 November | 8:00 AM

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. Add $5 for race day registration.

Runners will receive a race shirt. Finisher’s medals will not be provided.

2021 Tiger Turkey Chase

25 November | 8:00 AM | Easton

The Tiger Turkey Chase is the official fundraiser of the Oliver Ames Cross Country Program, and is brought to you by the Bank of Easton.

Registration is open for the 5 mile run and 2.4 mile walk at $30 each.

Race day registration is $35 and does not include a t-shirt.

Wellesley Turkey Trot 5K

25 November | 8:00 AM

The USATF Certified 5k route runs through scenic Wellesley and starts and and finishes are at Linden Square on Linden Street.

Race Number Pick Up at Marathon Sports, Wellesley with a 20% shopping discount during number pick up hours (some exclusions may apply)

Registration is open

Bedford Turkey Trot 5K and 2 mile walk

25 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 is $30 and limited to 250 runners.

This is a USATF sanctioned race, with sanction #21-02-151 .

Ayer Fire Department Thanksgiving 5K

25 November | 8:00 AM – Registration is closed!

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.

All 600 registrations have been spoken for

Braintree Athletic Association Thanksgiving 5K

25 November | 8:00 AM

This year marks the 22nd annual Braintree High School Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. This big time fundraiser is organized by the Braintree High School Athletic Association.

The money raised helps support our outstanding athletic program in numerous ways, but it also serves an even more important role of bringing our awesome community together.

Finally…WE CAN come together in 2021! Come and join us for this magnificent traditional event and remember how truly grateful we are for so many things!

Registration is $25 through November 24th

12th Annual North Reading 5K Turkey Trot

25 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 $20, Adults $30, Family up to 4, $60 until Nov. 11th.

Attleboro YMCA Gobble Wobble 5K

25 November | 8AM

Attleboro YMCA, Attleboro, MA

Pre-race registration $25, and $30 after November 22nd. T-shirts for first 250, awards three deep in each age category! Child Watch available at the YMCA.

Great Gobbler Thanksgiving Day 5K

25 November | 8:00 AM

Little Gobbler Fun Run – 7:30 AM

Nashua HS, Nashua, NH.

Nashua Great Gobbler 5K, thanksgiving racesProceeds benefit Nashua HS Cross-country Teams.

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

Registration is open:18+ $25, 17 and younger $20, FREE Little Gobbler Fun Run (ages 2-10). Registration closes on November 22nd.

42nd Annual Greater Gardner Turkey Trot 5 Miler

25 November | 8:00 AM walkers, 8:30 AM runners

Gardner City Hall – Gardner, MA.

This year marks the 42nd running of the Greater Gardner Turkey Trot! This 5 Mile point to point race on Thanksgiving Morning takes you along the beautiful Rt. 68 from Gardner to Baldwinville. This race is a great tradition for many runners, walkers and their families!

Registration for the 5 mile walk or run is $15.00.

Newburyport Maudslay Turkey Trot 5K

25 November | 8:20 AM

Maudslay State Park

This 31st 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 $30 or $20 for K-12 students.

Southborough Gobble Wobble 5K Run and 2 Mile walk

25 November | 8:30 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. Day of registration is $40.

Childcare is available while you run for $5.00!

Concord Turkey Trot

25 November | 8:30 AM

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 $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

25 November | 9:00 AM

Allston, MA

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

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

All runners receive a finisher’s medal!

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:
$35 until November 22nd
$40 Event Day Registration

Run the virtual race for $20!

Province Town Pilgrim Trot

25 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 $30 but I could not find a link.

5th Annual Running of the Pilgrims 5K

25 November | 7:30 AM | DCR Pilgrim Memorial State Park – Water Street, Plymouth

Plymouth 5K, thanksgiving 5K

Proceeds benefit South Shore Community Action Council which provides a wide array of services to families in need throughout our local communities.

Funds directed from the Running of the Pilgrims 5K will be directed to their food pantry program as we approach the holidays so we can help those in need have holiday meals for their families.

This race needs volunteers.

Registration is open:

Adult (age 19-69) ($25.00)
Senior (age 70+) ($15.00)
Student (age 11-18) ($20.00)
Child (age 10 & under) ($15.00)

29th Annual Dreamcatcher Classic 5 and 2 Miler

25 November | 7:30 AM – Weymouth High School

Weymouth Thanksgiving RacesProceeds benefit Dreamcatcher Scholarship for Weymouth Public Schools students to assist with WHS athletic fees and the Julie Rodick Scholarship Fun for WHS graduates.

All runners receive a long sleeved shirt and gifts from the race sponsors.

Registration is open at $30 through November 19th and then is $35 through race day.

After Thanksgiving 5K Races

Andrea Holden Thanksgiving 5K Road Race

27 November | 10:00 AM | Saturday

Dennis Inn, Dennis, MA

Andrea Holden 5K, Thanksgiving raceAll 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 $20, shirts are available for $15

Free Thankful 5K

27 November | 8:00 AM | Saturday

McKay Street, Pittsfield, MA

Registered runners are asked to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to the start of the race or Berkshire Running Center anytime in the month of November.

To support local food pantries please consider purchasing a Thankful Beanie (winter hat) for $25

Non perishable food items will be collected at BRC up until race day.

Course is a fast out and back, start and finish form Downtown Pittsfield. Stay and patron the local businesses for Small Business Saturday.

Bib number and Beanie pick up will be at BRC on Friday November 26th from 10 AM-6 PM and race morning from 8 AM-8:45 AM

Registration for this free race is open.

Wolf Swamp Turkey Trot 5K Run and Walk

27 November | 10:00 AM | Saturday

Wolf Swamp Elementary School, Longmeadow, MA

Registration is $30

Run well my Friends!





2 responses to “Thanksgiving Races 2021”

  1. Catrina Avatar

    Turkey Trots were my favourite races when I was in the US during Thanksgiving time.

    Which one will you be doing, Andy? So many to choose from!

    1. OmniRunner Avatar

      My club does a Thanksgiving morning run.

      I usually run the Feaster Five 5 miler, but may run with the club this cear.

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