Turkey Trots and more to ease the guilt of a Thanksgiving meal

This year's ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Long Center in downtown Austin. ALBERTO MARTINEZ/American Statesman

This year’s ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Long Center in downtown Austin. ALBERTO MARTINEZ/American Statesman

 

I always kick off Thanksgiving with a run through downtown Austin alongside 20,000 of my fellow turkeys at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot.

Many runners dress up for the annual Turkey Trot. ALBERTO MARTINEZ/American-Statesman

Many runners dress up for the annual Turkey Trot. ALBERTO MARTINEZ/American-Statesman

The Turkey Trot keeps Thanksgiving from turning into an all-day sloth-fest, and I love to see so people costumed as turkeys, pilgrims, Native Americans and more. Plus, there’s less guilt later in the day, when I sit down to eat.

The starting line for this year’s Turkey Trot is the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive. The Stepping Stone School Kids K starts at 8:45 a.m., followed by the timed 5-miler at 9:30 a.m., then the untimed 5-miler and 1-mile walk.

Runners can compete in age group, team, maternity, baby jogger, wheelchair, Longhorn, TCU Horned Frog and fund-raising categories. Entry fee is $25 for the untimed 5-mile run, $30 for the timed 5-mile run, $20 for the 1-mile walk, and $8 for the Kids K. Proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin, which helps Austin residents living in poverty. Register online at http://www.thundercloud.com.

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Live in the northern ‘burbs and don’t want to make the trek to Austin? Head to Pflugerville instead.

Participating in a Turkey Trot eases the guilt of downing a big holiday meal.

Participating in a Turkey Trot eases the guilt of downing a big holiday meal.

The Pflugerville Pfun Run Kids K, 5K and 10K will take place at Lake Pflugerville starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 27. Entry fee is $25 for the Kids K and $40 for the 5K and 10K. Start and finish will be at the North Beach Pavilion.

The event supports local food pantries, and participants are urged to donate canned or dried goods for those in need.

Register at http://www.PfunRun.com.

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Want to skip the run entirely and spend Black Friday at the gym instead?

Gold’s Gym is turning Black Friday into Trim the Fat Friday – opening up all their Austin gyms free to the public. Trainers will be available to offer tips and advice to avoid gaining weight during the holidays.

Participating locations are Austin Downtown at 101 West 6th Street; Austin South Central at 1701 West Ben White Boulevard; Austin Highland at 6001 Middle Fiskville Road; Austin Westlake at 701 South Capital of Texas Highway; Austin Southeast at 801 East William Cannon Drive; Austin South at 4404 West William Cannon Drive; Austin North at 9101 Research Boulevard; Austin Tech Ridge at 235 Canyon Ridge Drive; Austin Bee Caves at 12480 Bee Caves Road, and Austin Anderson Arbor at 13435 U.S. Highway South 183.


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