Turkey Trots in the Greater Los Angeles Area

A round-up of local races where you can prepare for or recover from holiday caloric intake.

You know the drill on Thanksgiving Day, but with the cooking, eating, resting, digesting and festing, a 5K or a 10K holiday race is one way many locals kick off or recover from Thanksgiving—and feel less guilty about a second helping at dinner.

Here is a list of Thanksgiving-themed races all over the Greater Los Angeles area.

Long Beach Turkey Trot
Head to Long Beach on Thanksgiving morning for a 5K or a 10K fun run. (Make sure you stop by the Patch table to say hi to Nancy Wride, the editor of Long Beach Patch and Belmont Shore-Naples Patch while you're there!). The 5K and 10K races that start at 8 a.m. are sold out, but registration is still open for the 7 a.m. races, the 9 a.m. 10K, the 10 a.m. 5K, and the half-mile "Wingding" kids run.

Mar Vista Turkey Ride

The 5th Annual Mar Vista Turkey ride is a bike ride round the community on Thursday  morning at 10 a.m. There are two rides - a simple one round the neighborhood and a harder one taking in the Mar Vista Hills. Join the ride and work up an appetite for your Thanksgiving dinner.

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Santa Monica "Gobble Wobble"
The "Gobble Wobble" is a 5K fun run and festival on Saturday in Santa Monica. There's a kids' run, family entertainment, a costume contest and prizes for the top men's and women's finishers. The event benefits the Westside Food Bank. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

Burbank Community YMCA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
Stretch your legs with a 5K or 10K fun run through downtown Burbank to benefit the Burbank YMCA. There are cash awards for the top finishers and other prizes for participants.

Torrance Thanksgiving Day 3-Mile Fun Run
For the 33rd year, the City of Torrance is inviting Turkey Day runners to a casual active morning run. City employees will also be collecting donations for a canned food drive to help people in need in the South Bay.

Conejo Valley YMCA Turkey Day Dash
This is a 5K fun run in Thousand Oaks at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. There's also a 1K run for kids that begins at 8 a.m.

The XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot is sold out.
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