Man dressed as a Turkey takes part in a 10K run on Thanksgiving Day
In many parts of the United States, turkey trots are as associated with Thanksgiving tradition as the meal itself. Many courses used for these Thanksgiving events are run at major certified USA Track and Field road race distances between 5,000 and 42,195 meters (although no races, as of 2012, use the full marathon length). Some organizations hold their turkey trots the week prior to Thanksgiving in order to provide festive holiday meals to homeless and low-income families in their community. Turkey trots range in size from just a few dozen runners to tens of thousands. Most turkey trots benefit local charities. First prize for winning turkey trots is often an actual frozen turkey that the winner can use for his or her family's Thanksgiving feast.
the Atlanta Marathon was historically run on Thanksgiving from 1963 to 2009, making it the longest (in terms of distance) turkey trots in the United States. It has since moved its date away from the Thanksgiving holiday.