It’s turkey time – and that means food, football games, food, family, food, sales and even more food.  But we runners have a secret weapon – turkey trots.  Almost everywhere in the country there are races on Thanksgiving morning.  So you can run and not feel as guilty later on in the day when you indulge.

Just in my area in Northern NJ I know of 3 turkey races:

  1. Upper Saddle River (Dick Meighan) 5K – this hilly course brings out all the fast high school runners between XC and winter track and has awesome odd sized trophies
  2. Ashenfelter 8K – In Glen Ridge, this fast and rather flat course is a NJ team championship race
  3. Ridgewood 4M – this is a brand new race in 2015 and, if it follows segments from the spring 5K/10K, should be fast

My friend in southern NJ also has an 8K – the North Wales Turkey Trot, so they are all over the place.  I am visiting family in Hebron, CT and, in Manchester, the next town away, is the Manchester Classic, a 10,000+ runner 4.748 mile race (or so) and is one of the oldest road races in the nation.   I am running that with my daughter and 2 other family members.  So even if you are hosting, take an hour and walk or run a 5K in your area – bring the family – it’s worth it and starts your day in the right place….even though it may end quite stuffed!

Happy Thanksgiving

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Nickolas Joannidis
Nickolas Joannidis
I have been running for over 35 years, having done practically every possible racing event or distance from the 100 meters through the marathon. I competed in varsity high school cross country and track at Saddle Brook High School in the mid-1980's, varsity cross country and track at Division II Pace University and finished well over 200 road races since then, including 20 marathons with a lifetime best of 3:14:50. I was the president of the Hoffmann LaRoche corporate running team for 7 years, growing the team from 25 to over 90 during his tenure. I coached many of these runners to achieve their goals, whether they were beginners or advanced. In 2011 I was an assistant coach for the Fair Lawn Recreation track team, helping the 10 to 14 year old group. I am currently personally coaching dozens of runners, from beginner levels to advanced levels and getting them to be prepared to meet their goals.

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