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2022 turkey trots in philadelphia

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Run into this holiday season with fun race events in Philly! To stay up to date with other runners near you, get on the eseo sports app before the new year. 

Get ready, runners, because this November, the Turkey Trot races are back. Interested in racing to the finish line this year? Whether it’s your first or 50th time enjoying a Turkey Trot, keep reading to see where to join a run near Philadelphia.

Turkey Trot: An American Tradition

Turkey Trots are long-distance running races that take place on or before Thanksgiving Day. These events are popular across the U.S. among runners and non-runners of all athletic abilities. Fun fact: Turkey Trot races have been around since the late 1800s! 

Some notable Turkey Trot runs have taken place in Philadelphia throughout history, such as the Schuylkill Navy Run in 1899. Today, there are still plenty of Turkey Trot events across the greater Philly area that attract crowds to celebrate a holiday that involves food and family.

Here’s a list of some of the major Turkey Trot events in Philadelphia for 2022.

Thanksgiving Day Runs and Turkey Trots in Philly

Whether you want to run a 5k or a quick 5-mile jog before you go home to feast, here are some running events happening on Thanksgiving Day!

PHLY Turkey Trot 

The 30th annual Philadelphia Insurance Companies Turkey Trot takes place this Thanksgiving Day, featuring a 5-mile run and a 1-mile option. Proceeds benefit Face to Face, an organization that works to relieve poverty and loneliness throughout Philadelphia. 

Even if you don’t plan on racing, consider donating this year to the amazing cause.

Philadelphia YMCA Gobble Wobble 5k

The beloved YMCA version of a turkey trot, the Gobble Wobble, will be taking place at four locations across the Philadelphia area this year:

  • Haverford
  • Spring Valley
  • Willow Grove
  • Virtual options

Individuals, groups, and kids can register to enter the Wobble. Register early to save your spot! Proceeds go to community members in need of financial assistance and YMCA youth fitness programs. 

Garnet Valley Turkey Trot 5k

Join Garnet Valley Middle School for a 5k run with chances to win a $500 first-place prize. All proceeds will be donated to the Healthy Kids Running Series to support local youth with healthy fitness training.

Seven Summits Therapy 5k Turkey Trot

Run a full 5k on Thanksgiving Day or enter your kids in the children’s fun run hosted by Seven Summits Therapy in Wayne, PA. This year, proceeds will be going to the American Red Cross to support Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid.

Find a Turkey Trot Near Philadelphia

Open to finding a Turkey Trot outside of the Philly area? If you live in a bordering region or want to do multiple Turkey Trots within a 50-mile radius, here are some more options.

Peruzzi Auto Group BCRR Thanksgiving 5 Miler & 5k

Every year, the annual BCRR (Bucks County Roadrunners) Thanksgiving Day 5 Mile & 5k races take place. A lot of runners show up for this event and it’s a great way to make new friends while getting a run in before Thanksgiving dinner. 

Running Off the Turkeys West Deptford 

Roam outside of Philly for the 5k Turkey Trot and 2-mile Wobble Walk on Thanksgiving Day in West Deptford, NJ. With more than five age group awards, there’s a chance to win the best time for the 5k portion of this race.

Chester County Turkey Trot

Going on 21 years, the Chester County Turkey Trot 5k is a festive race to support childhood cancer research via Cure4Cam Foundation. Join Thanksgiving morning at Downingtown West High School. Strollers are welcome and there are more than 2,000 registered runners each year. Don’t miss it!

Pottstown Toss Your Turkey 5k

This year’s Pottstown Toss Your Turkey 5k is being held as both a live event and a virtual run. Family pricing is a great option if you want to inspire your kids to run this holiday season. Proceeds will be donated to local food shares and homeless shelters.

Medford Lakes Turkey Trot 5k

Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with the Medford Lakes Colony Turkey Trot which has been going on for 50 years now! Top male and female prizes will be awarded for multiple age groups, and there will be same-day winning results available online.  

Run Another Philadelphia Turkey Trot in November 

There are plenty of running events in November, even if they don’t fall on Thanksgiving Day. If you want to skip the races on November 24th, here are some other Turkey Trots and races throughout the month to celebrate Fall.

Philadelphia Canoe Club Turkey Trot

Join the Philadelphia Canoe Club on November 19th for an evening Turkey Trot, followed by a potluck, dancing, and music. Bring a dish to share or pay to register in advance so you can meet some fellow athletes, canoe enthusiasts, and families.

Phoenixville Burn Off the Bird 5k

A family-tradition-turned-community-event Burn Off the Bird in the Phoenixville area is a fun, intense race before Thanksgiving Day! Join runners on November 19th this year for a fun chance to win prizes. There will also be a Leftovers Run on November 27th, so register now for both!

St. Bernadette Turkey Trot 5k and 1-Mile Run

St. Bernadette School in Drexel Hill is hosting its 14th annual 5k run on November 19th. It will be professionally timed by Bryn Mawr Racing. 

Bring the whole family and sign up for their 1-mile race option or enter your kids into the 10 and under Dumpling Dash. Registration ends November 1st.

Philadelphia Runners Community: Get Involved

If you want to stay involved with running events in the Greater Philadelphia area all year long, we’ve got you. Download the eseo sports app today to find runner’s groups, athletes, and training opportunities in your neighborhood!

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