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.

Hampton Falls Tiger Trot
Saturday, November 18, 2017
On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, lace up your running shoes for the 5th 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 $30 (starts at 10:30am). Visit for more info or to register.

Thanks for Giving 5K-10K
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23
Start your Thanksgiving morning off right with the Southern District YMCA and Exeter Run Club’s 2nd 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! 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 11:59 pm on 11/17/17. Prices will increase $5 per category for day of registration. Day of Registration opens at 7:00am at the Exeter YMCA, 56 Linden Street, Exeter, NH.  For more info or to pre-register, visit

Dover Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23
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 are $20 for adults; $10/Grade 4 & under (both prices increase by $5 if you register on race day). Prizes will be awarded to the Overall first, second and third place winners, first, second and third place age group winners, and first place elementary age children grades K-4. Race starts at 8:30am. For more info or to register, visit

44th Annual Derry Turkey Trot 5K Road Race
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23
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 23
Hosted by the Rochester Runners Club, the Free Fall 5k course starts at the Community Center and finishes on Chestnut Hill Road. 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 23
Starting at Piece Island and finishing at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, this 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. Online Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 22. 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.

8th Annual Turkey Trot / Run / Walk / Waddle
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23
Starting off at the Rye Junior High School, this family friendly 5K is the perfect precursor to the big meal! Non-perishables and can goods gratefully accepted. All monies raised will go directly back into the local community to aid individuals and families this holiday season. Registration is at 9am; Race starts at 9:30am. Cost is $15 per person; 2 for $25; Family for $40. For more info, visit the Gosport Chowder Club Facebook page.

For Your Information:
  • Turkey Day Dash to the Sea in Hampton is canceled for 2017



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