Guide to Utah Turkey Trots & Thanksgiving Races

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Did you know that Thanksgiving Day is the most popular day to race of the whole year? That’s right, the Turkey Trot race concept is growing across the nation with everyone from competitive runners to families joining in on pre-feast dashes. If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving in Utah, this is your complete guide to all 15 turkey trot runs in the Beehive State. Did we miss a race? We’re only human! Send us the details at editor@sportsguidemag.com and we’ll add it.

November 3, WSU Swenson Gym, Weber State, UT

Looking for more than a run from your turkey event? Try Weber State Campus Recreation’s Turkey Triathlon, a 5K run, 10K bike, 300-yard swim, a reverse sprint distance to introduce participants to Triathlons. The race circles the Weber State Campus, and has beautiful valley views. Entry includes a t-shirt, race goodies, and the chance to win a turkey.

Sandy City Turkey Trot 

November 10, Lone Peak Park, Sandy, UT

Can’t trot on Thanksgiving? Take part in this pre-Thanksgiving Day 5K race in Sandy. Registration fee includes a race t-shirt. Shirt sizes will be given on a first-come, first served basis, while supply lasts. Awards are given to the first three male and female finishers in each age division. Prize drawing at the conclusion of each race for all participants.

 

spectrum academy turkey trot

Spectrum Academy Turkey Trot

November 10, North Salt Lake, UT

Support students at this fundraiser for Spectrum Academy, a charter school for students with autism. At this 5K Race and Fun Run, the winners of each division take home a Thanksgiving Turkey! This year they’ll also be awarding the following: Top 5 Fundraising Teams and the Team with the most Registered Participants. New this year: 2018 Turkey Trot Medals for each 5K Registered Participant at the finish line.

10th Annual Turkey Leg 5k & Kids 1K

Thanksgiving Day, Heritage Park, Farmington, UT

Come run or walk this 5K or 1K for kids. $20 registration includes a beanie. Kids’ K registration just $10. Bring cans of food to donate to the local food bank. Last year over 700 cans were donated!

Earn Your Turkey 4-mile Run, 2-mile walk, Kids Race

Thanksgiving Day, Orem, UT.

Runner’s Corner & the Orem Fitness Center sponsor this most prize-laden Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk in Utah. Participants receive a t-shirt, post-race food, and have a chance to win turkeys and pies! The race also benefits Kids on the Move to provide services throughout Utah to children with special needs.

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Sports-am Cold Turkey

Thanksgiving Day, City Creek 6K in City Creek Canyon, Millcreek Canyon 5K in Millcreek Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT.

Choose your canyon at these Thanksgiving Day races where kids, dogs, and strollers are welcome. Kids 1K held a half-hour before the main event at 8:30 a.m. Races are followed by snacks, awards, socializing, and live music.

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Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving Day 5K

Thanksgiving Day, Butler Middle School, Cottonwood Heights, UT

Join in on one of Utah’s oldest Thanksgiving Day races. Race capped at 2,000 runners! Age division awards (1st-3rd) & overall Men’s and Women’s awards (1st-3rd). Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome. Beat the Mayor to the finish and receive a commemorative medal.

Utah Human Race

Thanksgiving Day, Draper Spectrum, Draper, UT.

Participate in one of Utah’s largest 5K/10K events at this Thanksgiving Day race. On average, 5,000 participants come to run and give to the Utah Food Bank.

This family-friendly race is held in conjunction with Utah Food Bank’s statewide Holiday Food & Fund Drive and bringing canned foods along is suggested. Every registration fee raised from the Utah Human Race helps Utah Food Bank provide food and services.

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Pilgrim 5K

Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, UT.  

Runners receive a historically-inaccurate, but nonetheless glorious, belt buckle hat or bonnet along with a long-sleeved cotton t-shirt designed to look like a pilgrim jacket or dress. Since costume prizes are on the line, festooning your attire with additional adornments is advised. Enter as a couple, individual, or group to be prize eligible.

Once suited up you’ll run a 5K through the rolling hills of Thanksgiving Point’s gorgeous golf course where you’ll likely see wildlife (read: deer running alongside you) to finish at Plymouth Rock where you’ll feast with fellow pilgrims on pumpkin bars and hot apple cider. Big homemade pumpkin pies and gift cards are given to overall winners, but age-group winners in 5-year divisions receive baby pies too! Race is chip-timed.

South Davis Races Thanksgiving Day 5K

Thanksgiving Day, Bountiful, UT.

Join Tom Turkey for another fun run! You might win a pie or take home a turkey. Turkey 10K, Family 5K, Gobbler 1K.

Thankful 13

Thanksgiving Day, Jordan River Parkway Trail, Lehi, UT.

Go the distance at this Thanksgiving Day race on the Jordan River Parkway Trail. Choose from half marathon, 5K, or kids’ fun run. Long-sleeve Shirt and Finisher Medals for all runners. Pumpkin Pie, Rolls, Hot Chocolate at Finish

The Gobbler Thanksgiving Day 5K

Thanksgiving Day, Vernal, UT.

This family-friendly event is a great way to show your THANKFULNESS by GIVING back to those in need. Fundraiser race.

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AF Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Day, Mount Timpanogos Temple, American Fork, UT.

Loking for a chill Thanksgiving Day 5K? Bring your family this year’s run/jog/walk that benefits ShaNae McCleskey Carrier and her family. The event is low-key (no timing chips or 1st place prizes), and is perfect for all ages. Suggested donation is $5/person (kids are free). There is NO pre-registration, just bring your donation with you.

The Lynden Legacy Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Day, Midway, UT.

5K family fun run through beautiful Midway, Utah. Welcoming to everyone from competitive runners to leisurely walkers and everyone in between. Kids strollers, bikes, and scooters are all welcome.

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St. George Gobbler

Thanksgiving Day, Confluence Trailhead, St. George, UT.

Hobble now, Gobble later is the motto of this Thanksgiving Day morning race that’s fun for the whole family. Choose from 10K, 5K, or 1K Kids Run at the Confluence Trail along the Virgin River . The Gobbler is raising funds for a great charitable partner this year in The Dove House. Racers go home with a super secret apparel item and shirts.

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Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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