Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in Tampa Bay

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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 2022 by Meghan Roth

Here are a few ideas to help you plan:

Pre-Turkey Thanksgiving Races

NOVEMBER 11 – 13

St. Pete Run Fest
Friday, November 11 – Sunday, November 13
St. Petersburg, Florida
$10 to $228

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 12, 8:00 am
Temple Terrace, Florida
$25 to 45

The chip timed 5K & 10K races take participants through our residential golf course community 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 10-25-2022, a race swag bag, light nourishment at the finish line, and a finishers medal! 


Tampa YMCA Turkey Gobble
Thursday, November 24, 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 or 8K run or walk. Strollers and dogs welcome, please register appropriately.

10th Annual Gobbler 5k and 1 mile Kids Fun Run
Thursday November 24, 7:30am
New Port Richey, Florida
$35 to $40

First Christian Academy is hosting the 10th annual Gobbler 5k Run on Thursday, November 24.  Join us 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 24, 7:45am
St. Petersburg

The 2022 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.  

Run for the Pies 5k and 3k Fun Run
Thursday November 24, 7:00am
Holiday Park, Lakeland
$15 to 30

Join in Lakeland’s own Thanksgiving Day Race! Come out to beautiful Holloway Park for the RUN for the Pies. Custom shirts (size guaranteed if pre-registered before Nov 1, 2022), bibs and a voucher for a FREE PIE from Frescos Southern Kitchen and Bar for all who register in the 5K and 3K!

Wiregrass Turkey Trot
Thursday November 24, 7:30am
Wiregrass Mall, New Tampa / Wesley Chapel
$20 to $40

The Wiregrass Turkey Trot has raised over $260,000 for local charities, and it’s a great family event in the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel areas. We aim to bring the community another great event this year! All proceeds from the Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot events go to local charities.

Tampa Bay Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 24, 7:30 am
Clearwater, Florida
$25 to $35

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 including the West Florida Y Runners Club Scholarship Programs. All collected foods will be given to the Food Pantry Program at Religious Community Services, Inc.

Waterset 5k Turkey Trot
Thursday November 24, 8:00 am
Apollo Beach, Florida
$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!

FishHawk Turkey Trot
Thursday November 24, 8:00 am
Lithia, Florida
$25 to $35

10K, 5K (timed and untimed), 1M Fun Run and 250 yd. Mini-Run. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.  5k timed, untimed and 10k will begin at 8 am.  Fun Runs begin at 9:15 am.  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 24, 8:00 am
Sarasota, Florida
$25 to $40
Kick off your Thanksgiving at Nathan Benderson Park for the 5th Annual Florida Turkey Trot! Runners finish across the floating final mile and will be awarded a tasty treat to commence their Thanksgiving feast.

Wireglass Wobble Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 24, 7:00 am
Lutz, FL
$27.50  to $37.50

Run. Walk. Wobble!  The Original Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot 5K™ is back for another race at Tampa Premium Outlets! The Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot 5k™ at Tampa Premium Outlets is presented by BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel and will again support our original beneficiary, the New Tampa Family YMCA, Open Doors Financial Assistance Program.

And if you’d rather not run on Thanksgiving day, but still want to burn some Thanksgiving calories…

Saturday, November 26 race

Calorie Burner 5K
Saturday, November 26, 9:00 am
Indian Shores, Florida
$40 to $79

Sleep in on Thanksgiving and don’t worry about what you eat because we’ve got the Saturday, November 26, 2022, Thanksgiving Holiday Calorie Burner 5K with Cadillac Medals for all at the beautifully remodeled Caddy’s tiki bar and restaurant.

Your registration includes a promotional T-shirt free, a timed 3.1 mile out and back distance run or walk on the hard packed sand along the coastline. When you return to Caddy’s you’ll get at least one beer, and of course your Cadillac finisher’s medal.


And of course, if eating sweets is a better great date idea than running, check out the Ten Tampa Bay Dessert Spots for Date Night!

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