Thanksgiving Day Runs on Long Island
Turkey trots are a great way to spend the morning on Thanksgiving, whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking to run (or walk) for fun. And most of them are open to all ages, or feature a "fun run" just for the tots. If you are not trapped in the kitchen waiting for the bird to cook--or if you are, but want everyone else out from under foot--get the family out to work off those calories in advance to make room for the feast to come. And be sure to check out our Long Island Fun Guide for lots of other activities in the area, as well as our Long Island Events Calendar.
Thanksgiving Day Races, Thursday, November 27, 2014
Montauk's 38th Annual "Run for Fun" Turkey Day 3- and 6-Mile Run/Walk
Montauk Circle, Montauk
The 3-mile and 6-mile races start at 10am rain, snow,or shine. Racers must check in between 8 and 9:30am. Pr $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 Edgemere Street, Montauk). Day of Race registration is $10 at the Montauk Chamber of Commerce (742 Montauk Highway, Montauk) between 8am and 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
9th 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 Sloan Kettering and the MCTA Senior Scholarship Fund (to be awarded June 2015). Print out the online registration form or for more information call 631-298-4242
34th Annual Shoreham-Wading River Thanksgiving Day Races
Miller Avenue School, Miller Avenue, Shoreham
The 1-mile run for children under 12 starts at 8:15am. 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
7th 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 the top three finishers will receive prizes. There is also a 5K run and a 1.5-mile walk that each start at 9am. Registration fee for the Kid's Fun Run is $15. Fees for the 5K and Walk are each $25. 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 Thanksgiving Run
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 1,700 to pick up their race materials. This popular rain-or-shine event 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 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
The 39th Annual Port Washington Thanksgiving Day Run
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. The run begins at 8:30am. Registration fees are $35 for adults, and $25 for those 21 and under. The race is capped at 3,000 entrants. Online registration ends November 24. The in-person registration fee is $25 for participants 9-21; $50 for age 22 and up. All registrants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Strollers are not permitted in the run. 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.
Garden City Turkey Trot
St. Paul's School, 285 Stewart Ave. 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. Please consider bringing a nonperishable 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. Email email@example.com for more information.
John Burns Park, 4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park
The half-mile Family Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m, while the 5K Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Registration is $12 for the fun run and $27 for the 5K. For online registration, visit the website.
Friday, November 28, 2014
12th 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!