With the average person consuming over 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day make a part of your holiday tradition a nice little run to start the day. More running races are held on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. So lace up and start a new family tradition with our rundown of Bay Area Turkey Trots. Please check websites for registration and current pricing information.



Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving 5K, 10K Run • brazenracing.com

Entry Fee: 5K & 10K $48and up.

Choose between a 5K and 10K, as well as the Little Turkeys Race: a run for the kids (roughly 100 yards) against the Nitro Turkey. Children (10 and under) attending with 5K/10K runners will receive free entry into Little Turkeys and receive special medals and a goodie bag.



Piedmont Turkey Trot 5K

Entry Fee: 5K Adult (13+) $30 and up 5K Youth (12 and under) $25-$35

The fun begins at 8:30 a.m.at the Piedmont Exedra located at Highland and Magnolia Avenues. Over the past 15 years, the Piedmont Turkey Trot has grown to be a treasured event for many families, friends and neighbors.  Run to win or walk to enjoy the brisk morning air and good cheer.  And all those finishing the 5K course will have bragging rights at their Thanksgiving table that evening!  The Piedmont Turkey Trot is a nonprofit organization supporting local charities and organizations.


Walnut Creek    

Forma Gym Turkey Trot, 5K, 10K, Kids Fun Runs • Formaturkeytrot.com

Entry Fee: Kids Run 12 and under $20, 5K/10K for 17 and under, $31; 5K/10K for 18 and over, $50.

The Forma Gym Turkey Trot is an event the entire family can enjoy. There are several races to choose from including Kids Fun Runs, 10K and 5K runs, and festival areas with costume contest. The event takes place in beautiful Downtown Walnut Creek and goes through a flat terrain of neighborhoods, businesses, and part of the Iron Horse Trail.


San Jose

Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 5K, 10K, Kids Fun Runs, 10K Wheelchair, 5K Elite

Entry Fee: All adult races: $47 and up; Kids Fun Run: $12 Adult $49

Start Thanksgiving Day off on the right foot at the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”. Before the big games, the big meal, the parades and the pies, why not get in a little exercise with a few thousand neighbors? It’s an event the whole family will enjoy! Many have made the “run” or “walk” a Thanksgiving Day tradition.

There are several events to choose from within the 5K and 10K runs and walks, along with a kid’s fun run. Elite runners, joggers, and walkers will enjoy the downtown San Jose course, which is flat, fast and flows through downtown neighborhoods and business areas.


Almaden Valley’s Run Turkey Run, 5K, 10K; marathons.ahotu.com

Entry Fee: Kids 12 and under $22+, Adults $27+

Participate in the Bret Harte Booster Club’s Run Turkey Run 5K/10K and start your Thanksgiving off on the right foot! This fun family run starts and ends at Leland High School in scenic Almaden Valley, San Jose. Both the 5K and 10K courses are run on level terrain on the paved trails along the Alamitos Creek and the Open Space area.



The Marin Turkey Trot
1 mile, 5K, 10K, Gobble Wobble

Entry Fee: Youth $28+, Adult $50+

Allow yourself some guilt-free indulgence this Thanksgiving Day by spending the morning burning off the calories you will replace later with pumpkin pie!

The Youth Gobbler 1 Mile and Turkey Trot 5K are run cross-country style on the trails of Marin’s Open Space. The Pilgrim 10K is a road out and back through the beautiful IVC campus and along Ignacio Blvd.



Napa Valley Turkey Chase, 5K, 10K, Kids 100m Dash • www.napaturkeychase.com 

Entry Fee: Youth, 17 and under: $35, Adults $40.

Napa’s only Thanksgiving Day 5K/10K with more than 1,300 participants who work up an appetite for Thanksgiving Dinner.


San Francisco

San Francisco Turkey Trot, 3 miles, 5 miles, 100m dash

Entry Fee: $41

Come kick off a great Thanksgiving with an Invigorating fun run or walk in the park–before the parades, football games, and feasting commence!


Mountain View

Spartan Turkey Trot, 5K, Kids Run, 1 Mile  • Mvhsturkeytrot.shutterfly.com

Entry Fee: Adults $30, Youth, 5-17, $20, Children under 5 $15

Welcome to the 9th Annual Mountain View High School Spartan Turkey Trot. Proceeds to benefit MVHS Sports Boosters to support student Athletes