Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Tampa Bay

Turkey Trot and Fun Runs in the Bay Area!

So cooler weather is (kinda) here!  Which means the holidays are just around the corner.  That means more family time and some great comfort food during Thanksgiving dinner. Before you begin a day of great eating too much turkey (and napping) why not burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories by signing up for a Thanksgiving turkey trot and fun run?!

Updated October 2023 by Meghan Roth

Here are a few ideas to help you plan:

Pre-Turkey Thanksgiving Races

St. Pete Run Fest
Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12, 2023
St. Petersburg, FL
$15 to $235

St. Pete Run Fest is three days of festival fun, including running events, The Rollin’ Oats Wellness Market and Cafe, local food, music and craft beer from 3 Daughters Brewing. With distances for kids, beginners and seasoned runners, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family in the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Trot Thru The Terrace 5k, 10k, & 1 Mile
Saturday, November 11, 8:00 am
Temple Terrace, FL
$25 to 45
This chip timed 5K & 10K races take participants through the residential golf course community of Temple Terrance, renowned for its’ oak tree canopies. The mostly flat, fast course(s) are favorites of local runners. The race starts/finishes at Riverhills Park near the boat ramp at 329 S. Riverhills Drive, Temple Terrace, FL.
Registrants receive a race day t-shirt (shirts guaranteed if registered by 11/1/23), a race swag bag, light nourishment at the finish line, and a finishers medal!

Turkey Trails 5k/10k
Sunday, November 19, 8:00am
Tampa, FL
$15 – $40
Join fellow runners for the annual Turkey Trails 5k/10k!  This fun, Thanksgiving-themed event is perfect for the whole family. The fun includes designer shirt & custom medal, chip-timing with live results and awards, free photos, delicious treats waiting at the finish line and plenty of fun! Can’t make the race? No problem! They offer a virtual race option where you can run anywhere, at any time, and still earn the fun swag!



Tampa YMCA Turkey Gobble
Thursday, November 23, 7:00 am
Downtown Tampa
$20 – $30
An out-and-back Thanksgiving Race Tradition for the whole family! Your choice of 1 mile fun run, 5K run/walk, or a virtual 5k from anywhere! Strollers and dogs welcome, please register appropriately.

11th Annual Gobbler 5k and 1 mile Kids Fun Run
Thursday November 23, 7:30am
New Port Richey, FL
$35 to $40
First Christian Academy is hosting the 11th annual Gobbler 5k Run on Thursday, November 23. Join fellow runners on Thanksgiving morning for a 1 mile fun run and 5k event! Run, walk, or stroll with your family through beautiful Starkey Park in New Port Richey, Florida. While you’re getting a great workout, you can also feel good about helping local students. All event proceeds from the Gobbler Run go to support First Christian Academy.

Coffee Pot Turkey Trot 5K
Thursday, November 23, 7:45am
St. Petersburg, FL
The 2023 COFFEE POT TURKEY TROT 5K is a family–friendly, timed 5K looping around St. Petersburg’s Coffee Pot Bayou on Thanksgiving morning. Returning for its sixth year the event is a beloved tradition for families, friends, and fitness enthusiasts. The event is hosted by the North Shore Elementary PTA to benefit North Shore Elementary, a Title One School.  

Wiregrass Turkey Trot
Thursday November 23, 7:30am
Wiregrass Mall, New Tampa / Wesley Chapel
$20 to $40
The Wiregrass Turkey Trot has raised over $332,394 for local charities, and it’s a great family event in the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel areas. It’s always a family affair with huge selfie stations, a costume contest, music and fun for everyone. All proceeds from the Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot events go to local charities.

Tampa Bay Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 23, 7:30 am
Clearwater, FL
$25 to $30
It’s that time of the year when turkey lovers, runners and friends gather for an appetite-inducing morning of good-natured competition. Proceeds from the Tampa Bay Turkey Trot help support many local charities.  Also, a large amount goes to college scholarships for seniors from Pinellas County High-schools. All collected foods will be given to the Food Pantry Program at Religious Community Services, Inc.

Waterset 5k Turkey Trot
Thursday November 23, 8:00 am
Apollo Beach, FL
$20 to $30
Chip timed, flat course! 5K race participants will receive a tech race shirt and a finisher medal. Awards to Overall Male and Female, Male and Female Masters, Male and Female Grand Masters, and Top 3 Male and Female finishers in all age categories! Kids Fun Run as well! Proceeds of the Turkey Trot will benefit local public schools: Doby Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School, East Bay High School, and the Dorothy C. York Innovation Academy. 

FishHawk Turkey Trot
Thursday November 23, 8:00 am
Lithia, FL
$30 to $45
The 15th Annual FishHawk Turkey Trot is a family fun Thanksgiving tradition. 10K, 5K (timed and untimed), 1M Fun Run and 250 yd. Mini-Run. Registration includes fun turkey-themed race shirt, custom race bib and medal. Family fun crafts and pictures with the turkey are ongoing throughout the event.  Come run with a turkey today!  Family fun traditions begin with the FishHawk Turkey Trot!

Florida Turkey Trot
Thursday November 23, 8:00 am
Sarasota, FL
$20 to $40
The Florida Turkey Trot Presented by Publix is a 3.1 mile run/walk for all ages and abilities! Your registration includes a professionally managed race course, custom race shirt, and a beautiful, spinning finisher’s medal to commemorate your achievement. After you cross the Finish Line, celebrate with delicious Publix pastries and fruit and sip on bubbly mimosas. All participants will also be given a special sweet treat to take home and enjoy! 

Wireglass Wobble Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 23, 7:00 am
Lutz, FL
$22.50  to $37.50
Run. Walk. Wobble!  The Original Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot 5K™ is back for another race at Tampa Premium Outlets! Every finisher will receive a long sleeve tech-shirt (desired size guaranteed only through the month of September or as long as inventory lasts), bib, custom finisher medal made of solid American steel, as well as a rockin’ good time with friends and family members!! The Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot 5k™ at Tampa Premium Outlets is presented by BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel and will again support the New Tampa Family YMCA, Open Doors Financial Assistance Program. 

Bradenton Runners Club ‘Give to Run or Walk’ Turkey Trot 3 Miler
Thursday, November 23, 8:00am
Bradenton, FL
Join the 26th Annual Bradenton Runners Club Turkey Trot 3 Mile fun run and walk! The Food Bank of Manatee and Turning Points will be on site on Thanksgiving Day to collect your donations of canned or dry goods (non-perishable foods), new or gently used clothing, and shoes that are in good condition. Shirts are available for purchase when you register. Shirts must be picked up on race day.

Gobbler 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon
Thursday, November 23, 8:00am
Holiday, FL
$30 – $65
Pick your distance on this out and back course in Anclote Gulf Park in Holiday. All finishers will receive a finishers medal.

Turkey Trot at Tradition
Thursday, November 23, 8:00am
Tradition, Port. St. Lucie
$30 – 35
Head out to Tradition on Thanksgiving morning for either a Chip-timed 5K or untimed 2K. All participants will receive a tshirt and finisher medal. In the first 4 years, the Turkey Trot at Tradition has donated over $70,000 to local organizations such as HANDS of St. Lucie County, New Horizons, and Family Meals.

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