6 Northern Michigan Turkey Trot Races 2017

Before stuffing your face with delicious turkey and trimmings, boost your metabolism Thanksgiving morning with a 5K walk or run. Northern Michigan Turkey Trot races not only grant you an excuse to overindulge your Thanksgiving dinner later on in the day, but many give back to their communities. Take a look at these Turkey Trot traditions in Traverse CityThompsonvilleHarbor SpringsBoyne CityPetoskey, and Charlevoix.

11th Annual Traverse City Turkey Trot for Charities, Traverse City

Thursday, November 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Two different race distances—5K and a 5-mile—give back to charities at this Traverse City event. Plus, participants take home lots of swag. Learn how to get your whole family involved here.

13th Annual 5K Walk/Run Turkey Vulture Trot, Thompsonville

Thursday, November 23 at 9 a.m.

Crystal Mountain’s scenic paved terrain sets the course for their 13th annual Turkey Vulture Trot. The paved, looped-course invites runners of all ages. Top finishers in the 5K take home a Crystal Premier Season Pass! There’s even a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit Wings of Wonder.

Turkey Leg 5K Run/Walk, Harbor Springs

Thursday, November 23 at 8:30 a.m.

No T-shirts. No metals. No official timer. This 5K is stress-free, supporting the Harbor Springs Food Pantry. 100% of entry fees go towards food purchases for local families. $10 suggested donation per participant. Strollers welcome; please, no dogs. Pre-register online at outfitterharborsprings.com.

Turkey Trot 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, Boyne City

Thursday, November 23 at 9 a.m.

The Kiwanis Club of Boyne City hosts this Thanksgiving Turkey Trot at Veterans Park. Runners are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donate to area food pantries. A race registration form is available at boynechamber.com.

YMCA of Northern Michigan Turkey Trot, Petoskey

Thursday, November 23 at 9 a.m.

Join the YMCA of Northern Michigan for Petoskey’s annual Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Petoskey. The YMCA of Northern Michigan, along with sponsors 4Front Credit Union, Fletch’s & Blue Cross Blue Shield, host the racet to raise money for the YMCA as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters.

2017 Annual Turkey Trot, Charlevoix

Thursday, November 23 at 8:30 a.m.

Pets are allowed at the annual Turkey Trot in Charlevoix sponsored by the Charlevoix Area Hospital. Go out to run or walk their 5K Northern Michigan event that encourages exercise. At cha.org you’ll find registration and additional course information.

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