Start your Thanksgiving Day with a turkey trot – there are plenty happening around the Southland.

They are only 5Ks and 10Ks, so they don’t take that long to complete. The races start as early as 7:00 AM, so it’s not like they will run too much interference with your Thanksgiving Day plans. Several cities are holding them, making it a rather convenient activity in which to participate. And after you are done, you can totally justify that third helping of mashed potatoes with lumpy gravy. You are now without excuses.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot at Terranea Resort
Terranea Resort
6610 Palos Verdes Drive South
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 265-2843
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Time: 8:30 AM
Cost: $10.00

CAUSELife Turkey Trot
Huntington Beach Boardwalk
Intersection of Pacific Coast Hwy and Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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Time: 7:00 AM (Additional races at 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM)
Cost: $35.00 ($40.00 day of the event)

Dana Point Turkey Trot
Dana Point Harbor
Intersection of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-1555
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Time: 7:00 AM for 10K; 8:30 AM for 5K; 10:15 AM for Kids Gobble Wobble (1 mile)
Cost: $45.00 for 5K, $50.00 for 10K, $60.00 for both, $20.00 for Kids Race

Long Beach Turkey Trot
Belmont Pool
1 Bennett Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803
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Time: 7:00 AM (5K and 10K); 9:00 AM (10K only); 10 AM (5K Only)
Cost: $40.00

Claremont Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot
Claremont Metrolink Depot
200 W. First St
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-7718
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Time 7:30 AM Kids’ 1K Fun Run; 8:00 AM 5K
Cost: Adults: $30.00 Before Race Day; $35.00 Race Day; Children (12 and younger): $15.00 Before Race Day; $20.00 Race Day

Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run 5K/10K/Kids 1K – Anaheim Hills
Yorba Regional Park
7600 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 973-6615
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Time: 7:30 AM (10K); 8:00 AM (5K); 9:00 AM (Kids 1K)
Cost: Adults: $35.00 for 5K; $40.00 for 10K; Children: $15.00

Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot
Burbank YMCA
321 East Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 845-8551
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Time: 8:00 AM (5K and 10K); 9:15 Childrens’ Fun Run
Cost: Adults: $35.00; Children.00: $15 (12 and younger)

City of Torrance Turkey Trot Fun Run
Sam’s Club
2601 Skypark Dr. Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 618-2930
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Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: $30.00

Lake Balboa Turkey Trot/Kids 1K Fun Run
Woodley Park
6350 Woodley Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91316
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Time: 8:30AM; Fun Run 9:30 AM
Cost: Adults: $30.00; Children: $20.00

Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive – La Canada Flintridge
Memorial Park
1201 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 790-4353
More Info
Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: Adults: $25.00; Children: $10.00

Rich Manning is an Orange County writer who blogs at Foodie a Go Go.


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