Turkey trot

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Man dressed as a Turkey takes part in a 10K run on Thanksgiving Day

A turkey trot is a footrace, usually of the long-distance variety, that is held on or around Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Its name is derived from the use of turkey as the usual centerpiece of the Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey trots are also held in the United Kingdom, usually shortly before or after Christmas Day. In the United States, many courses used for these Thanksgiving events are run at major certified USA Track & Field road race distances between 5,000 and 21,098 meters; others are informal fun runs as short as 1.0 mile (1.6 km). (The Atlanta Marathon, which ran on Thanksgiving from 1981 to 2009, was the only full 42,195 metres (26.219 mi) marathon to run on the holiday. It has since been reduced to a half-marathon, was the nation's longest Thanksgiving Day race, while the city's full marathon is held earlier in the year, but was cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, when it was replaced by a shorter race, the Peachtree Road Race.) The oldest documented turkey trot, a still-ongoing annual event in Buffalo, New York, dates to 1896.[1]

Notable races[edit]

Cuero, Texas, holds a turkey trot every November where hundreds of turkeys parade through the town (1912).

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  1. ^ "The YMCA Buffalo Turkey Trot". Ymcabuffaloniagara.org. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  2. ^ "Dana Point Turkey Trot – Run the Race Before You Stuff Your Face!". www.turkeytrot.com. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  3. ^ "Mile High United Way Turkey Trot | Mile High United Way". www.unitedwaydenver.org. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  4. ^ "11,000 to participate in Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, nation's largest". Northside Neighbor. November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Larkin, Duncan (November 24, 2010). "No More Thanksgiving Marathon For Atlanta". Competitor. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Participating Events". American Turkey Tradition. Retrieved 19 November 2019.