Start a new (healthy!) family tradition and sign up for a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot!

I’m not a runner. I really don’t run. Ever. Unless I’m being chased, and thankfully, that’s not very often.

If you are a runner, or even more of a walker like me, the Seacoast’s many local communities are hosting holiday-themed races in and around Thanksgiving suitable for families and kids of all ages. Check one out and start a new Thanksgiving tradition with your family.

2019 Races

Hampton Falls Tiger Trot
Saturday, November 23
On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, lace up your running shoes for the 6th Annual Tiger Trot Road Race! This race through picturesque Hampton Falls (think horse farms and foliage) includes a 1-mile kids’ race and a 5k run for both novice and elite runners. Hosted by and benefiting the Lincoln Akerman School PTO, the 1-Mile Kid Run is $15 (starts at 10am), 5K Run is $35 (starts at 10:30am). Visit for more info or to register.

Thanks for Giving 5K-10K
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28
Start your Thanksgiving morning off right with the Exeter Run Club’s 3rd annual ‘Thanks for Giving’ 5K and 10K family run/walk and kids’ fun runs. Kid’s Fun Runs (14 and under) will start at 7:45 am. No runner is too small as these runs will include an age 4 and under category! 5K and 10K Race will start promptly at 8:30am. 10K runners will do a double loop of the 5K course. Course will run through the beautiful community of Exeter, NH. This will be a flat and fast course and especially encouraging for families to participate. Online Registration closes at noon on 11/20/18. Prices will increase $5 per category for day of registration. Day of Registration opens at 7:00am at the Talbot Gymnasium, 40 Linden Street, Exeter, NH.  For more info, visit

Dover Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28
This family-friendly 5K is designed for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Serving as a fundraiser for the Garrison School PTA, proceeds benefit enrichment activities, family and community events, classroom supplies, artist in residency programs and field trips outside of the school district’s budget. Cost is $20 for adults; $10/Grade 4 & under (both prices increase by $5 if you register on race day). Prizes will be awarded. All participants must walk or run the entire race to be eligible for prizes.  Prizes will be presented in the Garrison School gym immediately following the race. Race starts at 8:30am. For more info or to register, visit

Derry Turkey Trot 5K Road Race
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28
This scenic 5K which starts at Galliens Town Beach takes you along the residential areas of Beaver Lake and actually has a video of the course on their website (try-before-you-buy race?). Pre-Registration: $17 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Race Day Registration (includes Wednesday) $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. All participants are requested to bring a donation of any non-perishable canned good or dry food item to benefit the food pantries in the Greater Derry area. Race starts at 9am. To pre-register or for more info, visit

Free Fall 5k
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28
Hosted by the Rochester Runners Club, the Free Fall 5k course starts at the Community Center and finishes on Chestnut Hill Road. This is a fast and flat out and back USATF certified course. The race benefits the Homeless Center for Strafford County & Jerry’s Food Pantry. This year we are partnering on race day with End 68 Hours of Hunger and SOS Recovery which will both receive additional race proceeds. Costs are $10 for ages 13 and older; $5 ages 12 and under ($5 extra to register on race day). The race starts at 8:30am. For more info or to register, visit

Seacoast Rotary Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28
Starting at Peirce Island and finishing at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, the 10th annual 5K Turkey Trot welcomes families, friends, runners, walkers, strollers—anybody and everybody who wants to get their body moving pre-turkey! Costs: Youth (ages 12 and younger) $10; Teen (Ages 13-19) $20; Adult (age 20+) $30. Race starts at 8:30am. Costumes are welcome (encouraged) so get out there and have some fun! For more info or to register, visit the website.

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