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A Guide to Turkey Trots in Tennessee

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Get some fresh air and earn your calories with a road race on Thanksgiving morning. So, where are the turkey trots in Tennessee this year?

Memphis Turkey Trot

With a gorgeous setting at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, you can choose between a four-mile run (or walk) and the Turkey Leg Relay at the Memphis Turkey Trot. What makes this race even sweeter? A slice of pumpkin pie is waiting for you at the finish line! Events start at 9 a.m.

Johnson City Turkey Trot

One of the classic 5K (3.1 miles) turkey trots in Tennessee is this 10th annual race hosted by The Goose Chase in Johnson City. Sign up if you’re a competitive runner, a recreational walker, a wheelchair racer or even if you want to bring your stroller or dog. The event draws in at least 5,000 participants, and starts at 8:30 a.m.

Knoxville’s Regal Entertainment Group Autumnfest 5K and Little Gobbler Run

Organized by the Knoxville Track Club, this Thanksgiving morning race offers both a 5K and a one-mile kids’ run. The Little Gobbler Kids’ Run starts at 8 a.m., whereas the 5K closely follows at 8:30 a.m.

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Boulevard Bolt in Nashville

This five-mile run/walk lets serious runners race the clock and recreational walkers get some fun exercise at the same time. You’ll join more than 8,500 participants on a course coordinated by multiple interfaith churches in the area, with proceeds benefiting Nashville’s homeless community. The race starts at 8 a.m.

Turkey Trot 5K in Franklin

You can trot or walk this 5K race. Kids nine and under get their own fun run, starting an hour later. The turkey trot typically draws in 2,800 participants and benefits GraceWorks Ministries. Festivities kick off at 8 a.m.

Thanksgiving Day Indian Lake Loop in Hendersonville

Spend the morning running or walking along beautiful Indian Lake. Runners can compete in the five-mile race, and families can sign up for the fun run. This year’s race benefits the local school district. The fun starts at 8 a.m.

Give ‘N Gobble 5K in Dickson

Choose from the 5K, one-mile fun run or the Turkey Chase Fun Run (for kids eight and under) — all of which welcome strollers. Each race benefits the Dickson County Help Center. The Turkey Chase Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. with the 5K and kids’ one-mile starting at 8:30.

Grateful Gobbler Walk in Chattanooga

Now in its 17th year, the Grateful Gobbler Walk kicks off in downtown Chattanooga with a route that has runners and walkers crossing the city’s famous Walnut Street Bridge. This year’s event benefits the Maclellan Shelter for Families and starts at 8 a.m.

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