Thanksgiving Day Races in Indianapolis

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’re envisioning the inevitable nap that happens during the post-meal football game. Or maybe, your mind has gone straight to the dreaded word: calories.

Never fear! 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, all while benefiting a local organization. Feel good, do good, and… eat good.

Here’s a quick list of Thanksgiving Day races in Indianapolis:

Be sure to click the various links for registration and race day details.


8th Annual Bolt for the Heart

Palladium Center Green
355 City Center Drive
Carmel, IN 46032 

Distance: 5K Run/Walk
Start Time: 9:00am
Cause: 100% of the proceeds will go to buying AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for law enforcement officers in Hamilton County, Indiana.

7th Annual YMCA Gobble Wobble

Pendleton YMCA
520 Falls Park Drive
Pendleton, IN 46064

Distance: 5K Walk/Run
Start Time: 8:30am
Cause: 100% of the proceeds support the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which directly supports financial assistance and program subsidies for your friends and neighbors! Your participation will help young people achieve their potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives, and strengthen the bonds of our community throughout Madison County.

Fit Livin’ Thanksgiving Day Run

Dillon Park
6001 Edenshall Lane
Noblesville, IN 46060

Distance: 4 Mile Run/Walk; 1.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk; Kids 200 Yard Fun Run
Start Time: 8:45am Kids Fun Run; 9:00am 1.5 Mile & 4 Mile
Cause: Hemophilia of Indiana (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.

9th Annual Wishbone 5K Walk/Run

Fishers YMCA
9012 E. 126th St
Fishers, IN 46038

Distance: 5K Walk/Run
Start Time: 8:00am
Cause: All proceeds benefits kids and families in the Fishers community who would otherwise be unable to participate in YMCA camps, programs, and membership!

Central Indianapolis

17th Annual Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash

Broad Ripple Station Parking Lot
1055 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Distance: 4.6 Mile Run/Walk; 2.75 Mile Fun Run/Walk; Lil’ Gobbler’s Run
Start Time: 9:00am 4.6 Mile & 2.75 Mile; 10:15am Lil’ Gobbler’s Run
Cause: All proceeds provide meals and care for homeless men, women, and children in our community.


Gobble Gallop 5K

Hendricks Regional Health YMCA
301 Satori Parkway
Avon, IN

Distance: 5K; Kids Fun Run
Start Time: 8:00am 5K; 9:00am Kids Fun Run
Cause: Proceeds benefit the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA.

Turkey Day 5K

Hancock County Memorial Building (Pennsy Trail)
98 E North St
Greenfield, IN US 46140

Distance: 5K Run/Walk; 1 Mile Fun Run
Start Time: 9:00am 5K; 9:05am 1 Mile
Cause: All proceeds go towards the purchase of more outdoor work equipment on the Pennsy Trail.

Did we miss any important Thanksgiving Day Races in Indianapolis? Email us at [email protected] to let us know!

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