Thanksgiving is right around the corner.
I’m getting ready — I’ve got some recipes pinned and saved, I’ve got a drink list started, my BFF will be here this year and we’re looking into some matching Golden Girls leggings (seriously. They’re a thing and we all should have some.)
But the average American will eat about 3,000 calories during Thanksgiving and that doesn’t even count snacks or apps or the drinking that begins at 9am (no? Just me? I mean, no I don’t do that, either.) So it’s good to move around a little. Some years we go for a hike in the morning, some years I’ve taken the older kids to do a turkey trot. Last year I had 12 people staying at my house and we held our own mini-trot in the neighborhood.
Two things to note about this picture: #1: it’s looking like it’s going to be much warmer this year so yeay. #2: My mother took me out shopping the very next day because I think me wearing my Richard Simmons short shorts over leggings embarrassed her.
If you’re looking for some turkey trots around Denver on Thanksgiving morning, I’ve got you covered!
-Mile High United Way Turkey Trot, Denver More than 20,000 people head to Wash Park each Thanksgiving for this 4-mile run benefiting the United Way. There are T-shirts for the first 10,000 runners, and even special race bandanas available for dogs. There’s also a 1/4 mile Family Fun Run at 11am for younger kids or families with strollers and pets that can’t go the entire length of the race. There are booth vendors, and a free beer garden at the end. Find more info here and use the promo code “Gobbles” to get $5 off your registration.
-Broomfield Turkey Day 5K & 10K Along with the 5 & 10K races, there’s a kids’ 1/2 mile Fun Run for children 12 and under. Check their website for a list of items to bring and donate to Broomfield FISH and you’ll be entered to win some great raffle prizes. And if you register as a group of 5 or more, you get $5 off each person’s registration fee.
-Clement Park Gobble Wobble, Littleton We’ve run this turkey trot around the lake at Clement Park in years past. It’s a fun 5K that’s smaller and more relaxed than a lot of races I’ve seen (but there are still serious runners running for times). Kids, dogs, and strollers are all welcome on the course. And if you have a ton of family in town, groups of 10 or more get a 10% discount on the race fee.
-Harvesting Hope 5K, Stapleton The race has a timed 5K Run/Walk and a free kids’ fun run for children under 10. The course takes runners on paths around Central Park in Stapleton, and raises money to fight childhood obesity.
-Turkey Day 5K, Highlands Ranch More than 3,000 participants head to this Highlands Ranch run on Thanksgiving morning each year. The race ends with a free pancake breakfast, coffee, hot chocolate, and a free beer garden.
-Turkey Day 5K FUN Run/Walk, Parker This race has separate courses for runners and walkers, and is unofficially timed (which is enough for bragging rights during dinner in my book). There are giveaways and prizes for participants as well.
–Turkey Rock Trot, Castle Rock Benefiting the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, this is a 5K Family Fun Run/Walk/Stroll that begins at the Douglas County Event Center. Mix 100 will be broadcasting live, the route heads through downtown Castle Rock, and every participant over 21 gets a free beer at the end. They’re also holding a toy and toiletry drive, so bring some goodies to donate as well!
Good luck! And may I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.