2017 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, the 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 23, 2017
Time:
 8:00 a.m.
Distance: 10k, 5k, Kid's fun run
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.

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San Francisco Turkey Trot

San Francisco Turkey Trot

Date: November 23, 2017
Time:
8:00 a.m.
Distance: 5 mile
Race size: 650

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 23, 2017
Time:
8:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k, 10k
Race Size: 1,400

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. The event is chip timed.

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Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run

Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run

Date: November 23, 2017
Time:
9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k, 10k
Race
Size: 1,000

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 if they dare.

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

Marin Turkey Trot

Marin Turkey Trot

Date: November 23, 2017
Time:
9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k, 10k
Race size: 500

Staged in lovely Novato, CA in the North Bay, this event offers the denizens of Marin County and nearby Sonoma County a brisk Thanksgiving morning workout. Choose the 5k or 10k distance and ring the kids for the youth Gobble Wobble 1 Mile.

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Piedmont Turkey Trot

Piedmont Turkey Trot

Date: November 23, 2017
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 23, 2017
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, and hour south of San Francisco. The mass start 5k/10k goes off at 8:30, with the elite men's and women's racing starting earlier. Runners are assigned starting corrals based on speed. The course is flat and fast, which matters only for the speedsters up front.

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Turkey Trot Concord

Turkey Trot Concord

Date: November 23, 2017
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.

> Learn more about the Turkey Trot Concord...

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 Nov 15, 2017

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