Turkey Trots and Pumpkin Pie: Your Ultimate Holiday Running Guide

The holiday season is nearly here and for many of us that means parties and get togethers filled with, pumpkin pie, turkey, running, eggnog and holiday cookies. That’s right, I said running! The holidays are a great time take part in some festive holiday runs to help stave off that pesky holiday weight gain so many of us fall victim to. Whether it be a marathon or a turkey trot, a holiday run is a great workout for the whole family. Running at six miles per hour pace burns over 500 calories. At a slower pace of five miles per hour you can burn up to 182 calories an hour. Just think about how much more you could eat! 

Just remember, it’s important to stay loose and train to avoid injury and help you achieve your goals. Take a look at a few of the Fitivity apps that offer training & stretching programs.

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So, without further ado, below is a state-by-state list of a holiday runs:


Fort Rucker Turkey Trot

Fort Rucker, AL, November 11, 2017

Jingle Bell Run

Montgomery, AL, December 2, 2017


RCN Turkey Trot

Fairbanks, AK, November 11, 2017 

New Year’s Eve Run

Fairbanks, AK,  December 31, 2017


Jingle Bell Run

Phoenix, AZ, December 16, 2017

Midnight Madness Run

Phoenix, AZ, December 31, 2017


Lucy Jean Turkey Trot

Batesville, AR, November 4, 2017

Ugly Sweater Run

Hot Springs, AR, December 9, 2017


Holiday 5k

Pomona, CA, December 9, 2017

Great Santa Run

San Francisco, CA, December 10, 2017


Turkey Trot 5K

Brighton, CO, November 18, 2017

Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K

Colorado Springs, CO, December, 9, 2017


Turkey Trot

Wallingford, CT, November 19, 2017 

Norwich Winterfest 5K

Norwich, CT, November 25, 2017 


Thanksgiving Day MS Run

Wilmington, DE, November 23, 2017 

Race into the New Year 5K

Rehoboth Beach, DE, December 31, 2017 


Great Pumpkin Race

Pensacola, FL, November 4, 2017

Egg Nog Jog

Fort Walton Beach, FL, December 16, 2017 


Fort Gordon Turkey Trot

Augusta, GA, November 4, 2017

Santa Shuffle 5K

Cumming, GA, December 9, 2017


Turkey Trot 8M&16M

Kula, HI, November 23, 2017

Jingle Bell Beach Run

Kona, HI, December 17, 2017


Struttin’ for Stuffin

Nampa, ID, November 23, 2017 

Reindeer Ramble

Eagle ID, December 9, 2017


Hot Cider Hustle

Wheaton, IL, November 4, 2017

Santa Hustle

Chicago, IL, December 2, 2017


Gingerbread Pursuit 4 Miler

Indianapolis, IN, December 9, 2017

Christmas 5K

Indianapolis, IN, December 25, 2017 


Halloween Hot Chocolate Race

Des Moines, IA, November 5, 2017

Jingle Bell Run

Davenport, IA, December 9, 2017


Frosty Fun Runs

Salina, KS, November 18, 2017

Walnut Turkey Day Dash

Emporia, KS, November 23, 2017


Southern Lights Stroll

Lexington, KY, November 16, 2017

Turkey Trotter 5K

La Grange, KY, November 18, 2017


Monroe Turkey Trot

Monroe, LA, November 23, 2017

Jingle Bell Run

New Orleans, LA, December 2, 2017


Maine Track Club Turkey Trot 5K

Cape Elizabeth, ME, November 19, 2017

NRCM’s Polar Bear Dip and Dash

Portland, ME, December 31, 2017


Candy Cane City 5K

Chevy Chase, MD, November 12, 2017

Ugly Sweater Run

Baltimore, MD, December 16, 2017


Running for Pilgrims 5K

Plymouth, MA, November 23, 2017

Dreidel Dash

Marblehead, MA, December 11, 2017


Hot Cider Hustle

Harrison Township, MI, November 5, 2017

Santa Hat Hustle

Royal Oak, MI, December 2, 2017


Jingle Bear 5K Run

White Bear Lake, MN, December 9, 2017

Christmas Day Joyful 5K

Maple Grove, MN, December 25, 2017


Fit First Turkey Trot

Bay Saint Louis, MS, November 23, 2017 

Last Chance to Run

Wool Market, MS, December 30, 2017


Christmas Light Run

North Kansas City, MO, December 9, 2017 

SLTC Frostbite Series

St. Louis, MO, December 30, 2017


Montana Donut Challenge

Bozeman, MT, November 11, 2017

Light the Way 5K

Missoula, MT, December 22n, 2017


Wild Turkey Chase

Pickrell, NE, November 23, 2017

Frosty’s Ugly Sweater 5K

Bellevue, NE, December 9, 2017


Las Vegas Great Santa Run

Las Vegas, NV, December 2, 2017

Reindeer Dash 5K

Henderson, NV, December 16, 2017

New Hampshire

Novemberfest Trail Race

Nashua, NH, November 19, 2017 

Jingle Bell Run

Concord, NH, December 17, 2017

New Jersey

Winter Wonder Run 6K

Princeton, NJ, December 2, 2017

Asbury Park Polar Bear Races

Asbury Park, NJ, December 31, 2017

New Mexico

Jingle in July! Run/Walk

Albuquerque, NM, December 3, 2017

Farolito Trail of Lights 5K

Albuquerque, NM, December 16, 2017

New York

Coney Island Boardwalk 5K Turkey Trot

Brooklyn, NY, November 19, 2017

Hot Cocoa Run

New Rochelle, NY, December 2, 2017

North Carolina

Harvest Hustle 5K

Albemarle, NC, November 4, 2017

JCC Hanukkah 8K

Asheville, NC, December 10, 2017 

North Dakota

CFA Turkey Trot

Bismarck, ND, November 23, 2017

Jingle Bell Run

Fargo, ND, December 2, 2017


Turkey Dash

Avon, OH, November 23, 2017

Selfless Elf

Akron, OH, December 16, 2017


Turkey & Taturs Trail Races

Tulsa, OK, November 5, 2017

 Race Into the New Year 5K

Tulsa, OK, December 31, 2017


MAC Turkey Trot

Madras, OR, November 25, 2017

Ugly Holiday Sweater Dash

West Linn, OR, December 9, 2017


Dashin’ thru the…Lights 2M

Yardley, PA, November 17, 2017

Twilight Race 5K

Altoona, PA, December 31, 2017 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot

Pawtucket, RI, November 23, 2017 

Downtown Jingle 5K

Providence, RI, December 3, 2017 

South Carolina

Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run

Charleston, SC, November 9, 2017 

Bulldog Breakaway Christmas 5K

Charleston, SC, December 9, 2017

South Dakota

Christmas Tree Skirt Dash

Sioux Falls, SD, November 12, 2017

Jingle Bell Run

Sioux Falls, SD, November 25, 2017


Reindeer Run

Maryville, TN, December 3, 2017 

Hill Yeah! 5K

Nashville, TN, December 30, 2017


Christmas 5K

College Station, TX, November 18, 2017 

Santa Hustle 5K

Galveston, TX, December 17, 2017 


Winter Sun 10K

Moab, UT, December 2, 2017 

Beat The New Year

Salt Lake City, UT, December 31, 2017 


Middlebury Turkey Trot

Middlebury, VT, November 19, 2017

Okemo Trot it Off

Ludlow, VT, November 25, 2017


Gingerbread Man Mile

Reston, VA, November 24, 2017 

Christmas Town Dash 8K

Williamsburg, VA, December 3, 2017


Seattle Turkey Trot

Seattle, WA, November 23, 2017

Christmas Rush Fun Run

Kent, WA, December 9, 2017

West Virginia

Hot Diggity Dog Thanksgiving 5K

St. Albans, WV, November 23, 2017

South Berkeley Christmas 5K

Inwood, WV, December 3, 2017


Berbee Derby

Madison, WI, November 23, 2017

Festivus One Miler: 5280 Feets of Strength

Milwaukee, WI, December 2, 2017


COMEA 5K Turkey Trot

Cheyenne, WY, November 4, 2017

Running is a great training tool to keep you in shape this holiday season. Not only does running help your overall health, running helps relieve stress, promotes heart health and is considered a great full body workout! Make sure to check out the Fitivity apps in the Google Play and iTunes stores and get a jump-start on those holiday workouts! 

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