2017 Thanksgiving Turkey Trots near Atlantic City, NJ
Most of us associate Thanksgiving with a few things: Spending time with family, watching football and the big one – food. For most of us, Thanksgiving is a day where we conveniently forget about the diets we’ve been sticking to, and go wild on some delicious turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more!
It’s also an exercise in seeing how long you can suspend regret over eating too much the day before (our personal best is 11 hours – following the 12 hour sleep that followed). Here at Rossi Honda, we’re really big on sharing things we’ve learned. One of those things is this – if you work out within 50 hours of thanksgiving, those feelings of guilt take longer to show up, and sometimes they don’t show up at all!
Perhaps it was this secret to happiness that led to the creation of the Turkey Trot, a national phenomenon that allows runners, joggers and walkers alike to enjoy some great morning exercise before the afternoon/evening gorge. Often, these events also raise money to benefit a charity, which is a great way of feeling even more connected to the community in which they take place.
Here in the greater Atlantic City area, we have a few options for those who want to start Thanksgiving Day off with a fun run.
1. Egg Harbor Township (EHT) Nature Reserve Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Miler – Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Not every Turkey Trot has to be on Thanksgiving morning (calories burned, after all, work on a calendar year). If you’re okay sacrificing a Saturday morning, you’ll enjoy a fun 5K (3.1 miles) run, or 1 mile nature walk in the Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve.
The EHT Nature Reserve Turkey Trot is Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM EST. Registration is $20. More details and registration can be found on the RunSignUp page by clicking here.
2. The Fast and the Furriest 5K Turkey Trot – Ocean City, NJ
Those in the greater Atlantic City area who are looking for a more traditional Turkey Trot (if such a thing exists), should look no further than the 2017 Fast and the Furriest 5K in Ocean City. Taking place in and around the Ocean City boardwalk, this Turkey Trot features a 5K run/walk to warm up Thanksgiving diners of any age.
The 2017 Fast and the Furriest 5K Turkey Trot is Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 8:30 AM EST. Registration and more run details can be found on the RunSignUp page by clicking here.
3. Thanks 4 Giving 5k RunRaiser – Beach Haven, NJ
If a Nature Reserve isn’t quite the ideal backdrop for your fun run, you may be interested in the Thanks 4 Giving 5K Runraiser in Beach Haven. You’ll be running through the streets of historic Beach Haven and working to support the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean, which supplies local food pantries.
Runs after Thanksgiving like this one provide the benefit of letting us atone for our Thursday evening sins with some good old fashioned cardio.
The 2017 Thanks 4 Giving 5k RunRaiser takes place on Saturday, November 25th, 2017 at 9:00 AM EST in the historic district of Beach Haven, NJ. Registration and more information are available on the RunSignUp page by clicking here.
Turkey Trots allow us to enjoy the bounty of Thanksgiving without feeling horrible at the decisions we’ve made. If you’re gifted with a low food conscience and don’t typically feel bad about your Thanksgiving choices, first of all – congratulations. Secondly, these races give us an opportunity to plug in and help local charities.
We regularly feature community events like this on our blog here. If you have other questions about goings-on around Vineland, Atlantic City or Ocean City, contact us today!