San Francisco Turkey Trot Guide

Thanksgiving has become the largest running event of the year as participants flock (no pun intended) to events across the country. Hedge against stuffing yourself later with a festive way to 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 to the finish line and straight to pumpkin pie!

We have two things for you in this article:

1 - Turkey Trots happening around the Bay Area you might want to check out.

2 - The RunGuides San Francisco/Bay Area Turkey Trot map to help you find Turkey Trots near you.

Flippin' the Bird - Virtual Turkey Trot

Date: Nov 24th, 2022 - 8:00 am (or any date & time you choose) 
Distance: 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon
Coupon: Save $10 with code RG10
Are you unable able to participate in your live local turkey trot this year? Prefer to run on a different date and time? Or maybe you'd prefer to select your own route? Then join the flexible 'Flippin' the Bird' - Virtual Turkey Trot for some fun shedding some of those extra Thanksgiving calories!
Choose whichever date and time you'd like to run and invite your family and friends. Once you select your distance, you'll be asked if you'd like to add an awesome custom Flippin' the Bird finisher medal and super-soft t-shirt for only $15. You're also able to manually track your distance and time and submit them after the race for a little friendly competition. 
Share your Flippin' the Bird story on social media with hashtag #FLIPPINTHEBIRD.

> Learn more about the Flippin' the Bird Virtual Turkey Trot

Run to Feed the Hungry

Date: November 24, 2022
Distance: 10k, 5k
Run size: 10,000

Run to Feed the Hungry is a 10k Run & 5k run/walk to support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. The trot starts on J Street just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus and runs through the beautiful tree lined streets of East Sacramento. Individuals who give a donation of $50 or moreare eligible to receive a sweet Run to Feed the Hungry turkey hat!

> Learn more about the Run to Feed the Hungry

Solano Turkey Trot

Date: November 24, 2022
Distance: 10k, 5k, Kid's 1mi kids 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. Other race-day activities include food & informational booths, awards, and other fun activities for the entire family. There is also a 1-mile fun run for kids.

> Learn more about the Solano Turkey Trot...

San Francisco Turkey Trot

San Francisco Turkey Trot

Date: November 24, 2022
Distance: 5 mile, 3 mile, kids 'Gobbler Chase'
Race size: 1,000

Roll out 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.

> Learn more about the San Francisco Turkey Trot

Napa Valley Turkey Chase

Napa Valley Turkey Chase

Date: November 24, 2022
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 24, 2022
Distance: 5k, 10k
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

Date: November 25, 2021
Distance: 1 mile, 5k, 10k
Race size: 1,500

Staged in lovely Novato, CA, the 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.

> Learn more about the Marin County Turkey Trot...

Piedmont Turkey Trot

Piedmont Turkey Trot

Date: November 24, 2022
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 Unleash a pre-emptive strike on those Thanksgiving Day calories and run/walk/stroll the 5K Piedmont Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. It’s an event the whole family will enjoy! And all those finishing the 5K course will have bragging rights at their Thanksgiving table that evening. The Piedmont Turkey Trot is a non-profit organization supporting local charities and organizations.

> Learn more about the Piedmont Turkey Trot...

Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Date: November 24
Distance: 5k, 10k, kids run
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 15 years, the event has donated over 8.7 million dollars to local charities, placed 3,738 individuals into affordable housing & heled feed 2.9 million pounds of food to hungry families.

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

Oakland Turkey Trot

Oakland Turkey Trot

Date: November 24, 2022
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 and experience an Oakland Thanksgiving Day community fitness event that puts Oakland first. 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 too!

> Learn more about the Oakland Turkey Trot...

Forma Turkey Trot

Forma Turkey Trot

Date: November 24
Distance: 5k, 10k, kids race
Race Size: 5,00

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.

> Learn more about the Forma Turkey Trot...

Looking for more races?

For the complete list of Turkey Trots and other races happening in and around the San Francisco Bay area go to

San Francisco Map Turkey Trots

Published on Sep 13, 2022