What do you think when you hear the words mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes (or yams-that’s always up for debate), cranberries, stuffing and turkey? More than likely you think Thanksgiving. Maybe you think family. Maybe you are envisioning the inevitable nap that happens during the post-meal football game. Or maybe, your mind has gone straight to the dreaded word – calories.
This year, eat all of that yummy food (and even reach for the second piece of pie) without feeling all of the guilt. Start your Thanksgiving morning off right with some fresh air and exercise at a local run/walk. Check out the Indy’s Child Guide to Turkey Trots Around Indianapolis to see where you can get up, get moving and help raise money for a worthy cause. This experience will leave you eager to gobble up your Thanksgiving feast and feeling grateful you participated.
Here’s a quick list of Thanksgiving Day races in Indianapolis – check their various websites linked here for registration details!
On the Northside
Location: Palladium Center Green, 701 3rd Avenue SW, Carmel.
Start Time/ Distance: 5K- 9:00 am
Cause: 100% of the proceeds will go to buying AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for our Indiana State Trooper Patrol cars.
Show your heart of gratitude this year by giving back to a worthy cause. This unique professionally chip-timed race experience will have you walking or running on the road, on the trail or a little of both. The 2018 Race Shirt, long sleeve tri-blend, An all-new Finisher Medal for 2018 with sublimated ribbon! Lots of professional photos; FREE to download with no watermarks!Professionally chip-timed race! A unique racing experience with your friends and family!
Location: Pendleton YMCA, 520 Falls Park Drive, Pendleton.
Start Time/ Distance: 5K- 8:30 am
Cause: All proceeds benefit the programs of the Pendleton YMCA.
Enjoy a walk or run through downtown Pendleton and Falls Park while raising money for a great cause.
Location: Dillon Park, 146th and Hazel Dell behind Kroger, Noblesville.
Distance: 4 Mile Run/Walk-9:00am, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk-9:00am, 200 Yard Kids’ Dash-8:45am
Cause: Hemophilia of Indiana (HoII). HoII is a 501c3 non-profit organization, that serves over 1,400 Indiana patients and families affected by hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. Proceeds from the event will support HoII’s programs and services including: youth programs, support groups, emergency financial assistance, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives. They will also be collecting toys at packet pick-up and on the day of the run benefiting Tatum’s Bags of Fun (tatumsbagsoffun.com), as well as non-perishable food items for the Holy Trinity Food Bank.
Halloween isn’t the only time to put on a costume and have some fun. This Thanksgiving, get into the spirit of the holiday and arrive at the race dressed up as a turkey, pilgrim or Indian. Costume prizes will be given to the best male and female costumes. Have you been lifting weights this year and are ready to show off your skills? Now is your time to shine. There will be 10 pumpkins located throughout the course and whoever carries a pumpkin over the finish line will receive a prize. If you aren’t in the mood to put on a costume or carry a pumpkin this year, that doesn’t mean you will go home empty-handed. Everyone who registers in advance will receive at long sleeved tri-blend performance shirt and all children participating in the kid’s race will receive a medal.
Location: Fishers YMCA, 9012 E. 126th St, Fishers
Start Time/ Distance: 5k– 8:00 am, 1/4 Mile Youth Fun Run- 9:30 am
Cause: Proceeds will benefit the Fishers YMCA.
This race has a little bit of something for participants of all ages who want to get up and get moving on Thanksgiving morning. If you would rather sleep in, don’t worry! They have something for you too. If you are interested in the cause but not the physical exertion, register to “Sleep-In” and they will mail you a shirt and packet. And, if all you really want for Thanksgiving this year is a long-sleeve tech shirt then they have you covered too. You can sign up online for the long-sleeve tech shirt only.
Location: Broad Ripple Station Parking Lot, 1055 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Start Time/ Distance: 4.6 Mile Competitive Run/Walk-9:00am, 2.75 Mile Fun Run/Walk-9:00am plus a Lil’ Gobbler’s Run-10:30am: All kids ages 10 and under are invited to participate in the post-race 30-yard dash chasing Gerry Gobbler (the six-foot-tall turkey) around the parking lot of Broad Ripple Station. All participants will receive a cool medal. Sponsored by MHS.
Cause: All proceeds provide meals and care for homeless men, women, and children in our community.
Help the homeless in your community while having a ton of fun! Experience entertainment all throughout the course, including a start line concert by “My Yellow Rickshaw.” For participating, you will receive an Asics long-sleeved technical shirt, a swag bag full of coupons, access to digital swag bag, post-race snacks, beverages and Starbucks coffee. There is a discounted rate for children ages 8 to 12 who would like to participate. Children up to age 7 are free (does not include race shirt, but they do have a special booth at the Expo for them to pick up a special race bib and gift.) Course Fun Patrol volunteers are needed. These spots are vital to the success of the race. Help if you can!
On the Southside
Location: Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, 301 Satori Parkway, Avon
Start Time/ Distance: 5K- 8:00 am, Kids Fun Run: 8:45 am,
Cause: The Hendricks Regional Healthy YMCA Annual Campaign.
The whole family can participate in this run or walk event, and strollers will be allowed! All proceeds benefit our Annual Campaign. If you like to run with friends and family, and celebrating fitness with your community then this race is for you. Enjoy the comfy tees, epic finisher medals, and of course or famous PIES for Overall & Age Group Winners. Don’t miss out…sign up today to join us at the Gobble Gallop on Thanksgiving Day!
Location: Hancock County Memorial Building (Pennsy Trail), 98 E. North St, Greenfield
Start Time/ Distance: 5K- 9:00am, 1 Mile Fun Run-9:05 am
Cause: All proceeds go towards the purchase of more outdoor work equipment on the Pennsy Trail.
Start your Thanksgiving Day with a 5K in Greenfield Indiana. The course starts and finishes in front of the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Building. Enjoy your run along the beautiful Pennsy Trail. Our fun environment welcomes costumes, so whether you’re a Peanuts fan and want to dress like Charlie Brown, or have an awesome turkey outfit you’re dying to wear, ANY AND ALL costumes are encouraged. Commemorative pint glasses will be handed out to the first 200 participants that come to the Wooden Bear for packet pickup on Wednesday, November 22nd from 5-8 pm.
Did we miss any important Thanksgiving Day Races in Indianapolis? Let us know in the comments. And be sure to bookmark the Indy’s Child 2018 Holiday Fun section for all the scoop you’ll need on holiday events and happenings around Indianapolis this season!