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.

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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

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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
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Time: 7:00 AM
Cost: Adults: $25.00; Children: $10.00

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