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2020 Turkey Trots are still a go for this Thanksgiving. Here is a list of in-person and virtual events you can be a part of.


The Turkey Trot Challenge was created by The Virtual Run Challenge in 2018. As Turkey Trot runs and races are wildly popular among runners of all ages and skill levels, the same goes for our popular Thanksgiving run event, the Turkey Trot Challenge, which is not much different except for one thing, the Turkey Trot Race is a virtual Thanksgiving race.


Anthem AZ Turkey Trot – Get off the couch and join us at the 18th Annual Anthem Turkey Trot. Beginning and ending at the Anthem Community Center, this rolling course winds through the beautiful Anthem community in the shadow of Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak. Make this family friendly event part of your Thanksgiving tradition.

Arizona Road Racers Thanksgiving Classic in Peoria- Begin your Thanksgiving celebration with a great race while helping a great cause. This event features three distances: 10 Mile, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run. All three races start and finish at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 North 83rd Ave in Peoria. Members: Your ARR member discount will show on your total during checkout. If you do not see the membership discount, it may be due to a mismatch in your name, email or birth date compared to what is stored in the membership database.

Fat Turkey Trail Run in Tempe – Why come run the Fat Turkey Trail Run? Because you’ve eaten too much, because it’s in the red rocks of Papago Park, because it’s on the trails, because more than a 10k is too far when you’re this full, and because RUNNING IS FUN! Come race the Turkey (or at least someone dressed like one) on the trails of Papago Park. This fun and enjoyable trail turkey trot is great for the whole family. 

The Fountain Hills Turkey Trot Fun Run & Fitness Walk is are celebrating 30 years of trotting! Fountain Hills Community Services Department would like to invite residents and visitors to take part in the 30th Annual Turkey Trot Fun Run. Join us on Thanksgiving morning for a great Fountain Hills tradition and get some exercise before you hit the mashed potatoes and gravy!

Gilbert Turkey Trot has decided to move forward with the Virtual Gilbert Turkey Trot 9.5 – everyone gathering with their families on a smaller scale and having mini-races anywhere you want. This means next year when we’re able to gather together, we can have a large party celebrating our 10th anniversary – you won’t want to miss it!

Laveen Turkey Trot The Laveen Turkey Trot has a 5K, 10K, and 1-Mile course options for runners to take part in. Whether you are running to win or doing a fun, leisurely run or walk, you are sure to enjoy the beauty of the South Mountain, the Sierra Estrella Mountain ranges, Cesar Chavez Park, and Alvord Lake with its very own island.

The Mesa Turkey Trot 10K & Fun Runs are professionally timed and have a great family theme! We have over 2,000 participate in the 10K event, with over 1,000 participating in the 1 and 2 mile run runs before the 10K event. Many 10K runners cover the Fun Run with family before the main event, adding to the community and family feel of this traditional event. The 10K is run on the roads around Red Mountain Park in East Mesa, AZ, finishing in the center of the park. This will be a live event.

The Phoenician Turkey Trot 5K – Join this Thanksgiving for our annual Turkey Trot 5k run + walk! Wind your way through our newly renovated golf course, which highlights the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Race starts promptly at 7:30am. Costumes are encouraged!

Phoenix Turkey Trot – Join us by sharing miles together while miles apart! The Phoenix Turkey Trot virtual event will take place between November 23, 2020 thru November 29, 2020. 

Run, Turkey, Run 5K / 1 mile in BuckeyeThis event has not yet been approved by the city of Buckeye.  They are waiting on approval/cancellation. If you register, and the event does not get approved you can defer to 2021 or you can get a refund minus the processing fees. Join Thanksgiving morning at the Annual Verrado Turkey Trot; Run, Turkey, Run! This mixed elevation course winds through the beautiful Verrado community at the base of the White Tank Mountains. Bring the whole family out for this fun, family-friendly event! (No pets please.)

Scottsdale Turkey Trot Virtual Challenge – Thanksgiving is a time for feasting with company and reflecting on all that we’re grateful for. But before all that comes the tradition of putting on your autumn running gear and taking part in the nearest Turkey Trot. Whether you’re participating in an official race or just touring the neighborhood with family and friends, Thanksgiving dinner always tastes better when you’ve tired out your legs a little.

The Leftovers 10K / 5K Run / Walk in Tempe – Help Us Burn Off Our Leftovers While We Burn Off Yours!

Thanksgiving Day Classic – Spend part of your Thanksgiving celebration with a great race while helping a great cause. This virtual event features three distances: 10 Mile, 5K, and 1 mile fun run. You can start your race any time during the window from Thursday, November 26 to Saturday, November 28.

Tortoise and Hare Turkey Trot in Glendale- Join Thanksgiving morning for a fun 3.2 mile run or walk. Bring your family and friends for a great start to the eating season! Bring non-perishable canned good to be entered in a big boffo raffle.  All proceeds will go to a local food bank. This event will start and end at Tortoise and Hare Sports. Lite snacks and refreshments at the end.


Campbell Scramble A new Flagstaff Summer Run Series race, the Campbell Scramble includes Virtual running for both ACTUAL Campbell Mesa, Flagstaff routes and ANYWHERE courses at 10K, 5K and 1 Mile distances. Honoring NACA – Native Americans for Community Action and specifically taking a cue from Tommy Rivers Puzey in designating the race beneficiary, we invite all to celebrate the spirit of community and love through running.    

JRD 5K Turkey Trot Burn off those Thanksgiving calories with your friends and family. Course is a 3.64 mile run or walk along the bike path. Run starts and ends at the Jerome Recreation District. Register by Friday, November 20th to be guaranteed a shirt on race day. You WILL NOT receive a shirt if you register after November 20th. All donation go to Martha and Mary Food Pantry. Please limit the amount of vegetables donated. Families in need cannot prepare adequate meals with only canned vegetables. The food pantry is needing more protein rich food, baby products, and paper products.

Payson Turkey Trot New to this year’s race is the option to participate in EITHER the 5k walk/run OR the 1 Mile walk/run! Whichever you choose, we know you’ll have a great time! Pre-register through 11/17, or on site if space permits. Those who register after 11/8 may receive their sweatshirt AFTER race day.

Pre Thanksgiving Day Bartlett Lake Triathlon adult Olympic Triathlon PLUS 2000 m Swim, 37.6 mi Bike, 6.2 mi Run, Olympic Triathlon 1500 m Sw,, 24.8 Mi.Bike, 6.2 Mi Run,  Sprint Triathlon, 500 m Swim, 12.8 mi Bike; 2.2 mi Run, Adult Aqua Bike: 1500 m. swim, 12.8 mi bike, Sprint Duathlon: 2.2mi. Run, 12.8 mi. bike, 2.2 mi. run, Olympic two or three person Relay teams = Same distances as Olympic listed

Sedona Turkey Trot – Join us for the 11th edition of the Sedona Turkey Trot 5k! Run a beautiful 5k surrounded by the majestic red rocks of Sedona, then promptly stuff your face with as much pumpkin pie as you can handle. The start and finish will be at Posse Grounds Park in Sedona, AZ. There is ample parking in the lot across from the skate park.


2020 Turkey Trit 5K/10K in Yuma – Join family, friends, and your community the morning of November 14 for a quick run, jog, or walk along the Gateway Park path and under the Ocean to Ocean Bridge.

Pima Turkey Trot – Join on Thanksgiving Day for the 15th Annual Pima Turkey Trot!

#RunMarana Virtual Turkey Trot The Town of Marana has partnered with On Your Left Fitness to host this year’s VIRTUAL Marana Turkey Trot. Just like Thanksgiving dinner, the Marana Turkey Trot has become a local tradition. In 2020 we are going virtual, meaning you can challenge friends and family from anywhere to RUN now and GOBBLE later. Run, walk or trot your course anytime between November 1st and November 30th. USE COUPON CODE “TROT2020” FOR $5 OFF PER PARTICIPANT

Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic 5K and 1.5M Fun Run in Tucson is going virtual! Our first and foremost concern is your safety. Wherever you are this Thanksgiving, be part of this Thanksgiving tradition! We offer two course options for you this year. Option 1 is our traditional cross country course on grass and dirt. Unfortunately the hay-bales and water-jumps will not be on the course this year but with permission of Tucson Parks and Recreation, the course will be marked! The 5K course will be two loops and the 1.5 Mile course will be one loop. Course starts near Ramada #10 at the southwest corner of Reid Park, at 22nd Street and Country Club. Option 2 is for you to run the course of your choice. Run or walk your course between Saturday November 21st and Sunday November 29th. Post your results by midnight on Sunday, November 29th, for entry into the raffle drawings! 

Tubac Turkey Trot – Join the 8th Annual Tubac Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving at the Governor’s Mansion, Barrio de Tubac, for a 5K run or 2.5K walk.

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