2018 San Francisco Turkey Trot Guide

San Francisco Turkey Trot Guide

The Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot is a running community tradition!

It's a great hedge against stuffing yourself later in the day, a very festive way bridge the gap from morning coffee to football & feasting. There's good cheer, costumes and plenty of competitive spirit for those inclined to run hard from the gun.

Here's our guide to the best San Francisco bay area Turkey Trots.

Solano Turkey Trot

Solano Turkey Trot

Date: November 22, 2018
Time:
 8:00 a.m.
Distance: 10k, 5k, Kid's 1mi fun run, Special Needs 1/2mi
Run size: 2,000

This event is held bright and early in beautiful Suisun Valley at the Solano Community College in Fairfield, California. The 10k starts first, with the 5k going off 20 minutes later. There is also a 1-mile fun run for kids, and a Special Needs 1/2 mile run!

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San Francisco Turkey Trot

San Francisco Turkey Trot

Date: November 22, 2018
Time:
8:00 a.m.
Distance: 5 mile
Race size: 700

Roll our of bed early and get to Golden Gate Park for this 5-mile run. Feeling mellow? Chill with the 3-mile walk instead. Kids can enjoy the Gobbler Chase - a 100-meter sprint against a giant 6-foot, 180-pound Turkey! So easy to beat, but no axes allowed.

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Napa Valley Turkey Chase

Napa Valley Turkey Chase

Date: November 22, 2018
Time:
8:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k, 10k
Race Size: 1,500

Napa Valley's only Thanksgiving day run is a fun, family oriented event on a flat, fast course! The 10k goes off first, with the 5k start 15 minutes later. Both courses loop around Napa College and nearby Kennedy Park. Strollers can start in the back but no dogs please. Last year the proceeds went to help the victims of the wildfires that burned through Napa and Sonoma.

> Learn more about the Napa Valley Turkey Trot...

Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run

Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run

Date: November 22, 2018
Time:
9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k, 10k
Race
Size: 1,200

Get to Point Pinole Regional Shoreline in the East Bay for a tasty Thanksgiving morning race over 5k or 10k. Both races amble through the park mostly on trails with a few minor hills in the mix. Enjoy stunning bay views! Kids can race the Nitro Turkey for free if they dare! Costumes are encouraged! So is early registration, to secure your spot. Benefitting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano counties!

> Learn more about the Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run...

 

Marin Turkey Trot

Marin Turkey Trot

Date: November 22, 2018
Time:
9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k, 10k
Race size: 1400

Staged in lovely Novato, CA, the 19th annual running of the Marin Turkey Trot offers a brisk Thanksgiving morning workout. There's a distance for everyone! Choose the 5k or 10k distance and bring the kids for the youth Gobble Wobble 1-Mile. Everybody gets a tech-T and a finisher medal, and there are post-race goodies galore. Proceeds proudly support the SF-Marin Food Bank.

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Piedmont Turkey Trot

Piedmont Turkey Trot

Date: November 22, 2018
Time:
8:30 a.m.
Distance: 5k
Race size: 500

The town of Piedmont, nestled between Oakland and the East Bay hills, boasts it's own lively Turkey Trot tradition. Run to win, or jog or walk with friends for fun and enjoy the crisp morning air.

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Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Date: November 22, 2018
Time:
8:30 a.m.
Distance: 5k, 10k
Race size: Up to 28,000 (!)

This one's the grand daddy of Bay Area Turkey trots, happening at Santa Clara and First in downtown San Jose. Indeed, it's the largest timed Turkey Trot anywhere! The mass start 5k/10k goes off at 8:30, with the elite men's and women's racing starting earlier. The course is flat and fast, which matters most for the speedsters up front. Over 14 years, the event has donated over 7.8 million dollars to local charities!

> Learn more about the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot...

Turkey Trot Concord

Turkey Trot Concord

Date: November 22, 2018
Time:
8:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k, 10k
Race
size: 1500

Happening at Todos Santos Park in downtown Concord on Thanksgiving morning, the run is limited to the first 1500 entrants to insure an enjoyable experience for all involved. This 5K/10K Run & Walk benefits Compassion Outreach.

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Oakland Turkey Trot

Oakland Turkey Trot

Date: November 22, 2018
Time: 8:30
Distance: 5k
Race size: 2,000+

This interesting run happens at the time-honored fast & flat Lake Merritt loop 5k course, smack in the center of Oakland. Be prepared to run slowish with 2,000 of your besties, it could get crowed over this 5k course. Are you able to run in the 19 minute range? You'll have a shot at the top ten! Participants score a gender specific Oaklandish Shirt and great medals for adults and kids. The A's mascot Stomper comes out to run with the kids!

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Forma Turkey Trot

Forma Turkey Trot

Date: November 22, 2018
Time: 8:00
Distance: 5k, 10k
Race Size: 5,00
0

The Forma Gym Turkey Trot is an event the entire family can enjoy. There are several races to choose from including Kids Fun Runs, 10k and 5k runs, and festival areas with costume contest. The run takes place over a mostly flat course in downtown Walnut Creek. The 5k and 10k are chip timed.

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Looking for more races?

Already familiar with these? Take a peek at our complete San Francisco running event calendar at www.runguides.com/san-francisco/runs for a complete listing of road, trail and OCR races.

Published on Sep 15, 2018

Steve Lafler is a RunGuides writer and content guy who has a hard time picking which SF Bay Area Turkey Trot to run.