The Turkey Trot Is Back :: Guide to Thanksgiving 2021 Boston-Area Turkey Trots

Photo courtesy JBLM MWR via Flickr.

There are so many things to look forward to each Thanksgiving. We enjoy time with family or traveling to see distant relatives. Some are excited to start their day by watching the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The vast majority can’t wait to indulge in a meal with the staples you may only partake of on a yearly basis. For others, it’s all about the pie, from pumpkin to sweet potato (my favorite!) to pecan.

But my Thanksgiving favorite? I can’t wait to run! Yes, I am one of those people who loves to start my Thanksgiving Day with a good ol’ turkey trot.

For one, it’s a family event. Many races have kid fun runs as part of the race festivities. As a mom of a toddler, I love strapping my daughter into the stroller and taking her along on the run. She loves it too!

Second, I have friends who basically are family to me, so this is a way we get to celebrate a portion of the day together. And it’s fun to run in a crowd with other people who are crazy enough to enjoy sprinting in the cold air of late November.

Finally, there’s no rule stating you HAVE to run. There are tons of families who walk the entire race with their turkey hats on — having just as much fun as everyone else.

A lot of our holiday traditions were canceled last year — thanks, 2020 — but the turkey trot is making a comeback in 2021. If you’re like me and need your turkey trot fix, here’s a list of races set to return this year to the Boston area. All races are scheduled for the morning of Thursday, November 25, except where noted.

Happy turkey trotting!

Greater Boston

Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K 2021

Donohue’s Turkey Trot 2021

2021 Newton Turkey Trot
Saturday, November 20

Wellesley Turkey Trot

25th Annual Gobble Gobble Gobble

North Shore

Wild Turkey 5 Mile

31st Annual Maudslay Turkey Trot

Billerica’s Annual 5K Turkey Trot for Education
Sunday, November 14

South Shore

NMS Turkey Trot
Sunday, November 21

9th Annual Hanover Turkey Trot 5K

Southern MA

Medway Turkey Trot 5K

Newman YMCA Turkey Trot

Darcel Hunt-Finegold is a wife, mother, and life-long Bostonian. Her life passions are education and fitness. She is a proponent of public education and works as a high school teacher in the Boston Public Schools. Darcel's own personal health journey inspired her to earn a personal training and group fitness certification as well as create her brand, “Living the QuoBreaking Life.” She encourages women to step out of their comfort zone to create life by their design via mindset and fitness. Darcel loves to run, hike, cook brunch, and discover new places in the New England area with her daughter, husband, and Pomeranian, Brady.


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