Detroit 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 Detroit area you might want to check out.

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

Trails to Hope Turkey Trot

Trails of Hope Turkey Trot

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023

Location: Cannon Township

Distance: 5k, 10k, Relay & 3 hr

Get ready to trot around the woods and get those miles in! Trails to Hope is offering a 5k course, a 10k course, and an option to do a 3-hour solo or relay, all on trails! The 10k course will complete 2 loops of the 5k course. The 3-hour solo and team events' goal is to complete as many loops within the 3-hour time limit. Teams of 2 must sign up as individual participants. Included in the entry fee are a race swag, post-race snack, and unique finisher medal, and an amazing time running with friends in the woods. Trails to Hope is a 501c3 organization founded to build awareness of the needs in the community and raise money for local charities that give Hope to those in need.

> Learn more about the Trails to Hope Turkey Trot

Turkey TRAIL Trot

Date: November 23-24, 2023

Location: Shelby Township

Distance: Half Marathon, 10k, 4mi, 2mi

All distances are on wide and single track 100% DIRT trails. THIS IS NOT A ROAD RACE… The trails do include… LEAVES, ROCKS and ROOTS, so it is important to pay attention to your footing. It will also have many rolling to steep hills that will challenge you along the way. NOTE: = 3.5 Hour Time Limit for all distances. 🙂

> Learn more about the Turkey TRAIL Trot

Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot

Strategic Staffing Solutions Detroit Turkey Trot

Date: November 23, 2023

Location: Detroit

Distance: 1mi, 5k, 10k, 15k

The Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) Turkey Trot has been a tradition in Detroit for the past forty years. Much more than a variety of races (10k/5k/1 mile and combo events), thousands of participants dress in costumes for the event. Often declared “The Parade before The Parade”, participants frolic by the largest spectator crowd in Michigan. Truly an awesome way to start Thanksgiving Day!

> Learn more about the Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot

Looking for More Races?

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

Detroit turkey trot map


Published on Oct 12, 2023
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