San Diego 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 SoCal you might want to check out.

2 - The RunGuides San Diego 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

O'side Turkey Trot

O'Side Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday November 24, 2022
Distance: 5k, 5 mile, kids run
Race size: 7,500

Recognized as one of the Top Trots in the country by Runner’s World Magazine and the Los Angeles Times, the trot attracts visitors from 46 States and 460 cities! The sizzling fast, downhill course offers spectacular views of the ocean, live entertainment, free photos and finisher medals. The event offers a 5 mile and/or 5k run/walk (yes you can combo!) as well as a different kids races and more.  Proceeds benefit the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation and local non-profits.

> Learn more about the O'side Turkey Trot...

Encinitas Turkey Trot

Encinitas Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday November 24, 2022
Distance: 5k, 10k
Race size: 4,500

Hit the alarm, stretch and get out the door! Mornings along the Pacific coast at Encinitas in late November bring an amazing color to the Pacific Ocean. The waves greet Turkey Trot runners with this unique view while they enjoy a 5k or 10k run down the coast. If you have never walked or run along the Pacific Coast in Encinitas in late November, you are in for the surprise of your life. Start your Thanksgiving Holiday fun with friends and family at the Encinitas Turkey Trot 5k & 10k. It starts and finishes under the World Famous “ENCINITAS” Sign on Coast Highway 101.

> Learn more about the Encinitas Turkey Trot...

Father Joe's Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K

Father Joe's Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K

Date: Thursday November 24, 2022
Distance: 5k
Race size: 7,500

This is one of San Diego's largest Turkey Trot events, held in Balboa Park. Proceeds from this event will go towards helping Father Joe's Villages prepare and serve close to one million meals to homeless neighbors in need.

> Learn more about the Father Joe's Villages Thanksgiving Day 5k...

Fallbrook Turkey Trot

Fallbrook Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
Distance: 5k
Run Size: 500

Head to the Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens in Fallbrook on Thanksgiving morning for a 5k run. It's all about having family fun and making memories while raising funds for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Animal Sancturay and the Fallbrook Communities.

> Learn more about the Fallbrook Turkey Trot...

Looking for More Races?

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

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Published on Sep 13, 2022