Thanksgiving Day Runs on Long Island
Turkey trots and races abound on Thanksgiving Day morning. If you are not trapped in the kitchen waiting for the bird to cook, or if you are but want the rest of the family out from under foot, a morning Turkey Trot may be just the thing.
Here is a list of Long Island Turkey Trots that include a shorter Family Fun Run:
Thanksgiving Day Races, November 28, 2013
37th Montauk Turkey Day Run for Fun
Montauk Circle, Montauk
The 3-mile and 6-mile races start at 10am in rain, shine or snow. Racers must check in from 8-9:30am. You can pre-register for $8 from 9am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday at the East Hampton Parks & Recreation Department (159 Pantigo Road, East Hampton) or at the Montauk Playhouse (240 Edegemere Street, Montauk). Day of Race registration is $10. Same Day registration will be held at the Montauk Chamber of Commerce (742 Montauk Highway, Montauk) between 8am-9:30am, no later. Water will be available. The first 300 registrants will receive T-shirts. Call 631-324-2417 for more information.
Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers' Association
8th Annual Turkey Trot
Mattituck High School, 15125 Main Rd, Mattituck
This 5K race/walk is open to all ages and begins at 9am. Registration costs $25 for adults and $15 for students before the race and increases by $5 for same-day registration. Same day registration opens at 7:45am. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 registrants. Proceeds from the race will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of Morgan West, Olivia Menard Fund and MCTA Senior Scholarship Fund (To be awarded June 2014). Print out the online registration form or for more information call 631-298-4242
33rd Shoreham-Wading River Thanksgiving Day Races
Miller Avenue School, Miller Avenue, Shoreham
The 1-mile Fun Run for children starts at 8am. T-shirts will be given to all pre-registrants and to same-day race registrants as available. There is also a 5K "No Ashley Hill" race at 8am and a 5-mile Challenge Race at 8:50am. Pre-registration is $15. Same day registration is $20 and begins at 7am. Proceeds go to the Senior Scholarship Fund. Download and print the registration form or for more information call 631-821-8116
6th Annual Smiles Change Lives Turkey Trot
Coreys Creek Park, Corey Avenue & Middle Road, Blue Point
The 1.5 mile Kids' Fun Run for children ages 10 and under starts at 8:45am at the south end of Corey Avenue. Turkey headbands will be given to all participants, and winners will receive prizes. They also hold a 5K Run and a 1.5 mile Walk that both start at 9am. There will NOT be same day registration this year. Registration fee for the Kid's Fun Run is $15. Fees for the 5K and Walk are both $30. Register online or for more information call 631-289-3990
6th Annual Nissequogue River State Park Turkey Trot
799 St. Johnland Rd., Kings Park
The 1K Turkey Trot for Kids ages 12 and under starts at 8:30am. Registration is $10 same day or online (plus a $1 service charge). All children will receive a ribbon and T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered participants. Parental supervision is mandatory. There is also a 5K walk and run starting at 9am. Registration for the 5K is $20. All proceeds go to benefit the park. Register online or for more information call 631-848-8587.
Huntington Turkey Trot
American Legion Post 360
Mill Dam Road at Rte 110, Halesite
The Fun Run begins at 8:30am and registration is $7 online or same day. There is also a 4-mile race at 9am. ($25 pre-registration or $40 day-of race.) T-shirts will be given to the first 1,800 pre-registrants to pick up their numbers. This popular event often has more than 1,000 registrants and benefits the Townwide Fund of Huntington. Register online or for more information call 631-549-3006.
Oyster Bay Turkey Trot
Oyster Bay High School, East Main Street, Oyster Bay
This is a 5K race for adults and kids ages 14 and up. Same day registration opens at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 9am. Registration through Nov. 26 is $25 and same-day registration is $30. There is also a $100 turkey costume contest and $100 Teddy Roosevelt costume contest. Register online or for more information call 516-313-5491
Port Washington Turkey Trot
Manorhaven Beach Park,158 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington
This 5K race benefits the Port Washington Community Chest and is open to children ages 9 and above (there is not a younger child category this year). The race begins at 8:30am. Registration fees are $35 for adults, and $25 for children 18 and under. The race is capped at 3,000 entrants. Same-day registration fee is $50 for adults and $25 for kids 18 and under, and you may sign up near the starting line. All registrants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Strollers are not permitted in the race. Roads close at 8am and the parking lot at the park closes at 7:30 a.m. or when full. More information, registration, number pickup locations and parking advice may be found here.
35th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot
St. Paul's School, 285 Stewart Avenue near Rockaway Ave., Garden City
The 1.4-mile Fun Run starts at 9:15am. There is also a 5-mile Turkey Trot at 10am and a Challenger Division race at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $15 for the Fun Run and $25 for the 5-mile race. The Challenger race is free. You can pick up your race T-shirts and bibs at St Paul's on Wednesday evening from 6pm-9pm. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food donation. The organizers emphasize that there will be no parking at St. Paul's or on the course roads. Complete race instructions may be found here. Online registration. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Massapequa Turkey Trot
Brady Park, Front Street and Lake Shore Drive, Massapequa Park
The Youth Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m, while the 5K Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds to benefit YES Community Counseling Center. Day of race registration ($30) is from 6:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. for the 5K and 6:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. for the Youth Fun Run. Awards will be given out. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate. Registration is $25 for individuals and $15 for the Youth Fun Run. For online registration, visit the website or call 516+313-8329 for more information.
Friday, November 29, 2013
11th Annual St. John the Baptist Run Your Turkey Off
St John the Baptist DHS, 1170 Montauk Hwy., West Islip
If you can't quite face running on Thanksgiving Day itself, this may be the race for you. At 9am there is a free 800 meter Fun Run for kids 12 and under. Medals will be given to all children who cross the finish line. For older kids and their parents, there is a fast, flat 4K (2.5 mile) run through the streets of Islip. Registration fees for the 4K race are $25 for adults and $20 for students and alumni if registered by November 22. Same-day registration is $30. Register online here.
Happy Running and Happy Thanksgiving!
Updated by Jaime Sumersille on November 6, 2013.