13 Massachusetts Turkey Trots Close to Greater Boston

Forget the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, start your holiday with some active fun.

Massachusetts turkey trots

Boston Road Runners Turkey Trot / Photo provided

Before you hunker down for turkey and mashed potatoes (or one of these healthier dishes) on Thanksgiving Day, why not squeeze in some active fun in the crisp autumn air? All of these 2019 Massachusetts turkey trots take place on Thanksgiving Day, are within an hour drive of Boston, and include t-shirts, prizes, and more. It’s a perfect way to not only give thanks for the friends and family you’re running with, but your happy and healthy body.

Boston area

Wellesley Turkey Trot

The fastest trotters will be eligible for a wide array of awards, with medals being doled out to the top three overall male and female runners as well as the top three runners in each age bracket.

$40/adult and $20/youth, 8 a.m., 181 Linden St., Wellesley.

Franklin Park Turkey Trot

The Franklin Park Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the city of Boston. Since its inaugural race in 2013, the it’s consistently grown each year, and now attracts more than 1,400 runners. All proceeds go to the Franklin Park Coalition.

$30/adult and $15/youth, 9 a.m., Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, One Circuit Dr., Dorchester.

Gobble Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Race

This four mile race is open to runners and joggers of all ages, and all proceeds benefit Project Soup and the Somerville Track PAC. Gobble Gobble Gobble tends to fill up quickly, so be sure to secure your spot before they’re all gone.

$35, 9 a.m., 371 Summer St., Somerville. 

Boston Volvo Thanksgiving 5k

Presented by Boston Volvo Village, this race raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society each year. Free t-shirts are handed out to the first 700 registrants and prizes are awarded to the top run finishers and fundraisers.

$35, 9 a.m., 75 North Beacon St., Allston.

Boston Road Runners Turkey Trot

This event, organized by Boston Road Runners, offers both a 3.1-mile race and a 5.25-mile race filled with beautiful autumn foliage and scenic river views along the Charles River. It features a canned food drive so that everyone in the Boston community is well-fed this Thanksgiving.

$36/adult and $26 youth, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Christian Herter Park, Boston. 

North of Boston ’Burbs

Thanks4Giving 5k and 10k 

Hosted by Alternative House, an organization that provides support for domestic violence survivors and their families, this event has two route options, a 5k and a 10k. The first 500 registered runners will receive a free shirt, and everyone who finishes the race will receive a free pie to help jump-start their celebrations.

$25/5k and $30/10k, 8 a.m., 40 Old Ferry Rd., Lowell. 

Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race

This Merrimack Valley road race has been trotting along every year since 1988. It now boasts an average of 10,000 runners each year, making it one of the largest Thanksgiving day races in New England. The Feaster Five road race features a pre-race expo with several local vendors, and the first 9,000 registrants receive a free shirt. A fresh apple pie will also be waiting for you at the finish line to give you that extra boost of motivation.

$42/5k and $32/youth, 7:45 a.m. Race starts at the corner of Route 133 and Route 28 in Andover. 

North Shore

Wild Turkey Five Mile

Touted as one of the largest races on the North Shore, this five mile race in Salem will have you warmed up just in time to crash on the couch for football and turkey. The first 1,700 participants registered get a Brooks tech long-sleeve shirt.

$26, 8 a.m., Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. 

Greater Newburyport Wild Turkey Trot

Head to Mill Pond Recreation Area in West Newbury for a 3.1 mile cross country race—you might just see a wild turkey or two on your journey. Take advantage of two free course preview runs if you pre-register.

$30/adult and $20 youth, 8:30 a.m., Mill Pond Recreation Center, 693 Main St., West Newbury. 

South of Boston ’Burbs

Braintree Thanksgiving Day 5k Race/Walk

Braintree High School is hosting a race/walk on Thanksgiving. To beat the crowds, pick up your bib and t-shirt the day before. The first 500 people registered will get a free t-shirt.

$25, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., 128 Town St., Braintree. 

Dreamcatcher Classic Road Race

Now in its 27th year, this race is one of the longest-standing turkey trots in the area. It includes a  two mile race and a five mile race, both of which leave from Weymouth High School.

$25, 7:30 a.m., 1 Wildcat Way, South Weymouth. 

South Shore

Hingham Turkey Trot

South Shore dwellers, come out for the biggest Thanksgiving Day race in your neck of the woods. All race proceeds from this 5k will go to Hingham High School cross country/track boosters. The top three male and female finishers in each age group will be awarded.

$30/adult and $20/youth, 7:30 a.m., 17 Union St., Hingham. 

Running of the Pilgrims

This race in Plymouth has three route options to choose from: a 5k, 16.2 miles, and a relay race. If you’re feeling particularly motivated, you can sign up for all three of them. Each participant receives a t-shirt with registration.

$25/adult and $15/youth, 7:30 a.m., DCR Pilgrim Memorial State Park, 60 Water St., Plymouth.