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2017 Fairfax Turkey Trot 5k. Photo: Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photography

Outside of mammoth races like the Army Ten-Miler, Marine Corps Marathon and the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, Thanksgiving is the busiest day of road racing in the D.C. area. Last years, 13 turkey trots totaled 21,214 finishers just in their timed divisions, to say nothing about fun runs, walks and tot trots, many of which these events sport.

This year at least 16 races will kick off around the D.C. area, with another one following a few days later.

Run hard, run for fun, wear a turkey costume, wear a pie costume if you can find one…whatever does it for you, the options are out there in D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

Note that the Virginia Run Turkey Trot and the Turkey Trot for Parkinsons in Lorton have both taken hiatuses. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re done for good – the Cheverly Trot is making a comeback this year.

Girma Gebre, who finished third at this year’s New York City Marathon, was the Alexandria Turkey Trot runner-up in 2018. Photo: Cheryl Young

Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Mile
9 a.m., George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.
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Arlington Turkey Trot 5k – sold out
8 a.m., Christ Church of Arlington, 3020 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington, Va.
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Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5k/10k
8:15 a.m., Crossroads United Methodist Church43454 Crossroads Drive, Ashburn, Va.
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Bethesda Turkey Chase 10k
8:30 a.m., YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase,  9401 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, Md.
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Cheverly Turkey Trot 5k
9 a.m, Cheverly Community Center, 6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, Md.
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This year’s Arlington Turkey Trot is already sold out. Photo: Cheryl Young

College Park parkrun 5k
9 a.m., Acredale Community Park, 4289 Metzerott Rd, College Park, Md.
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Fairfax Turkey Trot 5k
9 a.m., Fairfax Fire Station, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax, Va.
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Fairfax Turkey Trot Four Mile
9 a.m., Mantua Swimming Pool, 9330 Pentland Place, Fairfax, Va.
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Gobble Wobble “Roughly 5k”
9 a.m. Greenbelt Youth Center, 99 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md.
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Laurel Turkey Trot 5k
8 a.m. McCullouch Field, Laurel, Md.
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Prince William Turkey Trot 5k
8:30 a.m., Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center9100 Freedom Center Blvd, Manassas, Va.
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Runners start the 2018 Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Photo: Potomac River Running

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Day 5k
8 a.m., South Lakes High School, Reston, Va.
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River Bend Club Turkey Trot 5k
8:30 a.m. River Bend Country Club, 375 Walker Rd., Great Falls, Va.
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SOME Trot for Hunger 5k
9 a.m. Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C.
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St. James Turkey Trot 5k
8:30 a.m. The St. James, 6805 Industrial Rd., Springfield, Va.
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Willowsford Rec Club Turkey Trot 5k
8 a.m., 41085 Willowsford Ln, Aldie, Va.
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The MCRRC Turkey Burnoff offers five- and 10-mile races on Saturday morning. Photo: Dan Reichmann

And one for dessert

MCRRC Turkey Burnoff 5/10 Mile
8 a.m., Nov. 30, Seneca Creek State Park11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Md.
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