Phoenix Turkey Trot Guide

The Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Trot is a running community tradition! 

It's a great way to start off this wonderful holiday and feel just fine about going back for seconds at the dinner table. Enjoy some fresh air while you take on a physical challenge and connect with the community at these running events. You will have an extra bounce in your step when you return home and spend quality time with friends and family watching football and feasting on delicious turkey, stuffing, cranberries and more. 

We have two things for you in this article

1 - A list of Turkey Trots happening around the Phoenix area you might want to check out.

2 - The RunGuides Phoenix Turkey Trot map to help you find Turkey Trots near you

Phoenix Turkey Trot

Phoenix Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
Distance: 5k, 10k, 1mi Kid's Run
Run Size: 3000

Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Course aid stations! Any Questions? This family friendly race features  scenic loop routes through downtown Phoenix. There will also be a tot trot.

> Learn more about the Phoenix Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Day Classic

Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
Distance: 10mi, 5k, 1mi
Race Size: 1200

Want to eat a LOT on Thanksgiving? This is the race for you, a USATF certified 10-miler to really burn up the calories! There's also a newly designed 5k course and it's built for speed (not for comfort... that comes later!) Don't forget the 1-mile fun run for those prefer a shorter distance.

> Learn more about the Thanksgiving Day Classic

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Gilbert Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
Distance: 5k, 1mi
Race Size: 2500

Get those feathers ready, fill up those water bottles, start practicing your gobbles… it’s trotting time! The 1-mile fun run starts the festivities followed by the 5k run. Race day registration is available but pre-register to be guaranteed a T-Shirt!

> Learn more about the Gilbert Turkey Trot

Mesa Turkey Trot

Mesa Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k, 10k, 1mi
Run Size: 2000

Come bright & early to Red Mountain Park in Mesa on Thanksgiving morning to run a chip-timed 5k or 10k, or 1-mile fun run. This is one of Arizona's oldest running events, Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without it! Strollers are allowed in all events!

> Learn more about the Mesa Turkey Trot

Laveen Turkey Trot & Kids Dash

Laveen Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
Distance: 5k, 1mi Kids
Run Size: 500

Experienced runners will enjoy this chip-timed 5k, but all levels from beginners to seasoned veterans are welcome. There's also a Kids mile and a dash for the tiniest runners out there.

> Learn more about the Laveen Turkey Trot and Kids Dash

Anthem Turkey Trot

Anthem Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
Distance: 5k, 10k, Kids dash
Run Size: 1300

Beginning and ending at the Anthem Community Center, this rolling course winds through the beautiful Anthem community in the shadow of Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak. Bring the whole clan out for good times at this stroller friendly event! The event is a fundraiser/food drive for the local food pantry.

> Learn more about the Anthem Turkey Trot

Fountain Hills Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
Distance: 5k
Race Size: 1,500

The start line for all distances will be on the Avenue of the Fountains in front of Town Hall. Stick around for the Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Day Parade after the race.

> Learn more about the Fountain Hills Turkey Trot

Fat Turkey Trail Run

Date: Saturday November 27, 2021
Distance: 5k, 10K
Race Size: 500

Why run the Fat Turkey Trail Run? Because you’ve eaten too much, because it’s in Papago, because it’s on the trails, because more than a 10k is too far when you’re this full!

> Learn more about the Fat Turkey Trail Run

The Leftovers 10K/5K

Date: Saturday November 27, 2021
Distance: 5k, 10K
Race Size: 500

If you feel you can haul yourself off the couch post-Thanksgiving, head into Phoenix for this Arizona Canal Trail 10K or 5K.

> Learn more about the The Leftovers 10K/5K

Turkey Trot Team Challenge

Turkey Trot Team Challenge

Date: November 18 - 25, 2021
Distance: As far as your team can go!

During the Turkey Trot team challenge your team of 1 – 4 people will work together to see how far you can move as a team during the week leading up to Thanksgiving. 

Every 13.1 miles (21.1km) that your team covers earns you entires into a draw to win prizes.

> Learn more about the Turkey Trot Team Challenge

Looking for more races?

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

phoenix turkey trot map

Published on Nov 10, 2021