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6 Westchester County Turkey Trots to Help Work off Thanksgiving Dinner

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Support local causes while staying healthy (and burning some calories) at these races, fun runs, and turkey trots this Thanksgiving.

While most of us will be spending the bulk of Thanksgiving semi-comatose on the couch watching a grab bag of football, parade footage, and/or Law & Order: SVU marathons, other residents of Westchester County will be getting out, getting exercise, and supporting worthy local organizations.

Thanksgiving week marathons, races, walks, and fun runs — collectively referred to as “turkey trots” — are a great way to stay healthy and work off a few of those extra calories. (So go ahead and have that third slice of pie.) They’re also a fantastic way to support local organizations’ fundraising efforts.

If you’d like to compete or just cheer on someone else, here are the Westchester County turkey trots you should look for in 2021.

CHHOP Turkey Trot – November 20

Downtown, Peekskill

CHHOP — Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill — will host its annual one-mile fun run the weekend before Thanksgiving, on Saturday, November 20 at 9 a.m. (Registration opens at the gazebo on North Division St at 8 a.m.) As a registration “fee,” participants are asked to bring one frozen turkey for donation, to be distributed after the race to locals in need.

Guests will include Westchester County Executive George Latimer, State Senator Pete Harckham, Deputy Mayor/Mayor-Elect Vivian McKenzie, and more. An estimated 300 turkeys will be collected and purchased from Feeding Westchester, and a small afterparty will take place back at the gazebo following the race.

The Village of Mamaroneck Turkey Trot and Gobbler Race – November 21

Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck

The village parks & rec department’s 55th annual event at Harbor Island Park will go down the Sunday before Thanksgiving and include two options. Race day registration opens at 8 a.m. with a one-mile “Gobbler Race” commencing at 9:45 a.m. A 5k Turkey Trot will commence once the Gobbler Race ends.

Registration is $20 for the Gobbler Race in advance or $25 on the day, while guests can preregister for the 5k for $40 or sign up the day of for $45. All registrants receive a free commemorative t-shirt.

The Westchester County Turkey Trot 5k/10k – November 25

Westchester Community College, Valhalla

The county’s namesake walk/run comes in both 5k and 10k options at 8:30 a.m. for more experienced racers, as well as a Kids Dash at 8:15 a.m. This year’s charity partner is Hillside Food Outreach in Queens. As always, Dunkin Donuts is waiting for you at the finish line. Awards will go to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.

Preregistration is $39.99 for timed and untimed 5k entrants ($60 after November 22) and $44.99 for 10k entrants ($70 after November 22). Kids 11 and younger may sign up for the 5k for $9.99, and those 8 and younger can participate in the dash for free. Not feeling the crowds? Sign up to time yourself for a virtual 5k or 10k, also $39.99, by November 22.

 

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The New Rochelle Turkey Trot – November 25

Hamilton Ave, New Rochelle

The city’s 5th Annual New Rochelle Turkey Trot will also take place on Thanksgiving Day. Day-of registration opens at 7:30 a.m., followed by a free 200m “Tot Trot” for kids 5 and younger at 8:45 a.m. and a Kid’s Mile at 9 a.m. for those 10 and younger.

The main 5k race kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and will loop through the city’s Historic District before culminating in an awards ceremony at 10:15 a.m. Registration is $10 for the Tot Trot, $15 for the Kid’s Mile, and $40 for the adult 5k. (Online registration closes at 5 p.m. on November 23. Day-of registration costs $15, $20, and $50, respectively.) All proceeds will benefit this year’s eight local charities.

Senator Terrence Murphy’s Annual Hudson Valley Turkey Trot – November 25

Downtown, Yorktown Heights

The northern Westchester fun run isn’t scored, but you can still track your time for bragging rights! (That said, the first three male and female finishers will get a sweet treat fit for the dinner table later, but so will a few randomly selected finishers to make it fun.)

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. near Kear St., and participants can walk or run at their own pace, just as long as they finish by 10 a.m. Registration is $25 and ends at midnight the night before, with all proceeds benefiting local food pantries CHOPP, St. John’s, and St. Mary’s, as well as volunteer military delivery service United for the Troops.

Turkey Run & Paws Walk – November 27

Rye Recreation Park, Rye

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, head to Rye for Small Business Saturday, sure, but also for the annual Turkey Run & Paws Walk. Register online with your Community Pass for $15 until November 23, or for $20 on the day of the event.

Check-in opens at 8 a.m., and the pet-friendly one-mile Paws Walk starts the morning at 9 a.m., followed by a one-mile fun run at 9:30 a.m. and the 5k/10k main event at 10 a.m.


Read More: Where to Get Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go in Westchester

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