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Run for a Great Cause this Thanksgiving

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In many locations around America, Thanksgiving is not just a time for celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for crops and loved ones. In many places, the other main attraction to the Thanksgiving celebrations is a unique race: the Turkey Trot. If you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving in Burbank, then take part in this race and make a difference.

Generally, the Turkey Trot is a fun race over 5k or 10k, held on Thanksgiving day itself or as close as possible. Although the race can be of any length, even up to full marathon distance of 26 miles or more than forty-two thousand feet, generally, the runs are kept to the shorter options. This is namely because Turkey Trots are intended as fun events rather than serious competitions, attracting entrants of all ages and fitness levels. Also, many of the Turkey Trots are run by those in elaborate fancy dress celebrating the season – a hindrance if looking to run a full marathon-length race in good time!

For many people, the Turkey Trot is a fun way to burn off the calories it is anticipated will be consumed in the annual Thanksgiving feasts. Across America, Thanksgiving meals are a time of great indulgence and excess. The opportunity to engage in exercise beforehand legitimizes the overconsumption! However, for others, there is a more charitable motivation. Many areas hold their annual Turkey Trot in the week before Thanksgiving to raise money for the homeless or needy in the area. This is so that a holiday meal might be provided to those who would otherwise go without. A large proportion of annual Turkey Trots held around the country do have a charitable element, be it through sponsorship earned by runners, donations given by the community, or some other form of support. In many races, the first prize is also a frozen turkey, which can itself be used in the annual Thanksgiving dinner!

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