Thanksgiving is here and that means the biggest race day of the year! This national holiday brings traditions of family gatherings, the biggest travel day of the year, food comas, football games, and turkey trots all across the country. According to Running USA, Thanksgiving has become the most popular racing day in the country, outpacing Fourth of July. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will be getting out there to make room for their Thanksgiving feast!
With hundreds of turkey trots taking place all over the country this Thursday, there are many to choose from- the majority of which are put on by local or national charities. The oldest race, in its 121th year, is the Buffalo YMCA 8K Turkey Trot. The largest race, the Dallas Turkey Trot, had more than 25,000 participants last year!
As runners and walkers gather with their families to experience the tradition of the Turkey Trot – and make room for some serious mashed potato intake – RaceJoy is ready with 16 races loaded! See the end of this post for a complete list.
Turkey trotters who use RaceJoy will be able to get real-time support from their supporting family members while they brave the cold… or heat – depending on where you live. Runners and walkers will receive GPS progress alerts at every mile on the course with pace updates and estimated finish times.
Family members tracking from the race site or from the warm comfort of their home can show their support by tracking runners’ and walkers’ blue dots as they move along the course and will receive cow bell audio alerts when they cross mile stones on the course. Someone has to do the cooking and watch the parades!
Supporting family can send fun cheers to their turkey trotters using RaceJoy’s Send-to-Cheer feature. We’ve also loaded some special Thanksgiving cheers for the occasion! Listen to one of the Send-a-Cheer Thanksgiving options:
Supporting fans can also use RaceJoy’s newest text-to-cheer feature to send a unique and personalized cheer. Cheers can be sent at any time, so start those Gobble Gobble cheers now!
Thanksgiving Day Races in RaceJoy:
- Atlanta Half-Marathon
- Run to Feed the Hungry
- Subaru Distance Classic
- Cincinnati Thanksgiving Day Race
- Manchester Road Race
- Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot
- Detroit Turkey Trot
- Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
- Austin Turkey Trot
- Clearwater Turkey Trot
- Buffalo Niagara YMCA Turkey Trot
- Dana Point Turkey Trot
- Oyster Bay Turkey Trot
- Oregon TurkeyThon
- Gobble Gobble Four Miler
- Hot Diggity Dog Thanksgiving 5K
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from the creators of RaceJoy! Thank you for using RaceJoy!