Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year in Southern California with glorious weather and breathtaking sunsets. It's also a great time to visit San Diego to enjoy SoCal's outdoor lifestyle and participate in some of the best Turkey Trots around. These Thanksgiving Day races are becoming a fun tradition and a great way to give back to the community while working up your holiday appetite and burning some extra calories.
Here's a list of some Turkey Trots in San Diego taking place on Thanksgiving Day:
There's fun for the entire family at this race. This event is one of the most family-oriented traditions and San Diego's longest-standing trots. Father Joe's Turkey Trot meanders through Balboa Park and offers a great Post Race Festival including a costume contest, live music, award ceremonies, and a beer garden. This Trot helps Father Joe's Villages serve over 1 million meals to the homeless.
Throw your turkey in the oven and head out to Run for the Hungry. This 5K/10K run/walk winds through Downtown San Diego and benefits the Jewish Family service and Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to combat hunger. If you have a four-legged family member, bring them along. They are allowed to participate as long as they can trot alongside you.
What's more perfect than a country run in the Fall? This trot offers three courses to choose from including a 5K, 10K, and 15K for the more ambitious. The event starts at Rohr Park in Bonita and features a great run along a dirt road with some pretty big hills in between, so you can feast after the race without regret. They are teamed up with the Salvation Army and participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item.
Come "move your feet before you eat" at Oceanside's 13th Annual Pacific Marine Credit Union 5K/10K Run/Walk. They even offer a Senior 1 Mile Walk. You won't regret the seaside race views, and they also feature a post-race costume and art contest with live music. Runners are given an option of schools and organizations they would like to support at the registration process.
Head across the bridge to join this trot. The course leads you through Tidelands Park for a scenic view of downtown San Diego. Runners, walkers, and strollers (both kinds) are welcome. Children under 6 may bring scooters, but no bikes or pets are allowed. Proceeds from the race benefit Rady Children's Hospital Copley Psychiatric Emergency Department.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Trotting!!