Shake your Turkey Feathers this Thanksgiving for a Good Cause at One of our Local Fun Runs


Loosen up the belts and get ready – Thanksgiving is around the corner! For most people, that means football, mashed potatoes, stuffing and food galore.
This year, why not join other local Sacramento families and find a way to give back, earn that calorie intake and enjoy the beautiful fall weather Sacramento has to offer.
Across the region, you can find several “Turkey Trots” and fun runs to participate in with your family. Most are stroller friendly for even the youngest of participants and it doesn’t matter if you are an avid runner, walker or weekend warrior. Just lace up those sneakers and hit the streets for some community fun and exercise before the feast.

Here are my top 5 to choose from:

Saturday, November 18: Davis Turkey Trot. This family friendly event hosts eight different events and distances for all fitness levels. Enjoy the stroll through Davis’ residential neighborhoods and green belts. Live music, arts and crafts booths for the kids, vendors and fun is to be had at this event.

Thanksgiving Day: Run to Feed the Hungry in Sacramento is the largest Turkey Run in the country!
Join hundreds of people in support of the Sacramento Food Bank on Thanksgiving morning. This fun run begins at the Sacramento State Campus and winds through the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Sacramento, You can choose between the 5K or 10K option.

Thanksgiving Day: Turkey Trot for Teal 7 in Herald. Join other families at the 6th annual Turkey Trot for Teal. Walk, run or jog 3.1 miles and help raise money for the children’s cancer foundation. Once you are finished, enjoy treats and raffles to get you ready for your big day with family. Race begins at the Herald Community Center.

Thanksgiving Day: Folsom Turkey Trot. Choose from a 5k or 10k to participate in, starting at the Folsom zoo park. This fun run will benefit the Twin Lakes Food Bank. Registration sells out early, so if you are in the Folsom area make sure you check to see there is still space for you and your family.

Thanksgiving Day: Roseville Turkey Trot to support the Placer County Food Bank. This course will begin and end in Downtown Roseville on historic Vernon Street.

So this year, don’t feel guilty about going in for seconds with the candied yams. Burn those calories before you sit down at the table and support your local community at one of the many fun runs in the area.



Turkey Trots Around Town: Lace up those Shoes and Earn your Turkey Day Feast

ca-marathonSacramento may be considered a runners dream.  Everywhere you go, whether it’s along the scenic river trails, around the downtown parks, up in the mountainous hills, or just alongside the suburban sidewalks, you will see runners everywhere. It may be our climate, the terrain or just the scenery, but it seems as if Sacramento is a place where you can just lace up your shoes…and run!  And with the cooler November weather, it’s a great excuse to get outside, enjoy the fall colors and get in some exercise.  With Thanksgiving around the corner, many locals are gearing up for some annual traditional runs that always bring out the crowds for a good cause.

The 23rd Annual Run to Feed the Hungry race has become a family tradition for thousands of local residents. It is also one of the largest and respected races in the United States….with close to 27,000 participants each year! On Thanksgiving morning (November 24th), join others at the entrance to the Sacramento State Campus (CSUS) and choose between the 5K or 10K courses to run/walk through the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Sacramento.  All proceeds from the race will benefit the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (SFBFS).

In Folsom, you can join other families in the Folsom Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.  Choose between a 5K and 10K, starting at the Folsom Zoo/ Library entrance.  This event is raising funds for the Twin Lakes Food Bank & Never in Our Town youth scholarship.  Another great way to start the holiday morning with your family.

Elk Grove hosts their own Turkey Trot, beginning at 8280 Longleaf Drive.  Hundreds of people will be out to support Courage House – helping children who are rescued from human trafficking.  Another great organization to support on Thanksgiving morning.

If you are closer to Roseville, then you can join in their annual Turkey Trot, benefitting recreation programs for at risk youth.  This race will begin at the Vernon Street Town Square.

I can’t think of a better way to start out my Thanksgiving holiday – with my family, the beautiful colors of all, and a chance to give back to my community, all while burning some calories before the turkey feast begins!

By Heather Crivellone