What Is a Turkey Trot?

And Exactly How Far Is It?

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A Turkey Trot is a running race that’s usually run on Thanksgiving Day. The race can be any distance, although the most common distance is 5K (3.1 miles), making it accessible for both runners and walkers.

Some Americans participate in their local Turkey Trot (or the one in whatever location they’re visiting) on Thanksgiving morning as part of their holiday tradition. They stick the turkey in the oven and head out to the race start.

Race participants view it as a fun outdoor activity with family and friends, as well a great way to pre-burn some of those Thanksgiving meal calories.

If you’re thinking about doing a Turkey Trot, here are some race training schedules to get you ready.

5K Training Schedules

Following a training schedule will help you safely prepare for your Turkey Trot and keep you on track. Here are some 5K training schedules for beginner runners:

5K Training Schedule for Beginners: This eight-week training schedule is designed for beginner runners who want to run continuously to the finish line of a 5K race.

5K Run/Walk Training Schedule: This eight-week training schedule is designed for those who can run for five minutes at a time and want to build up to running for the entire 5K race.

Train for a 5K in a Month: This four-week training program is designed for beginner run/walkers who want to build up to running a 5K in a month.

Six-Week Beginner 5K Training Schedule: This six-week training program is geared toward beginner run/walkers who want to build up to running a 5K.

5K Training Schedule for Advanced Beginners: This eight-week schedule is geared toward runners who can run 2 miles comfortably and can run 4 to 5 days per week.

You may have never run a 5K before, but you're looking for a schedule that's a little more challenging than the 5K Beginner Schedule.

5K Training for Intermediate Runners:

5K Training Schedule for Intermediate Runners : This eight-week schedule is geared toward runners who've already run some 5Ks and are looking to achieve a personal record (PR) in the 5K.

4-Week Intermediate 5K Training Schedule: This four-week schedule is for intermediate runners who currently run about 15 miles a week.

6-Week Intermediate 5K Training Schedule: This six-week training program is for intermediate runners who are currently running at least 15 miles a week.
 

5K Training for Advanced Runners:

5K Training Schedule for Advanced Runners : This eight-week 5K training program is for advanced level runners. You should be running at least 4-5 days a week and are able to run at least 5 miles. This 5K training schedule is particularly useful to experienced runners who are hoping to run a personal best in the 5K.

4-Week Advanced 5K Training Schedule: This 4-week schedule is for experienced runners who are running at least 5 days a week and are able to run at least 6 miles.

6-Week Advanced 5K Training Schedule:  This 6-week schedule is for experienced runners are running about 20 miles a week.

What If My Turkey Trot is Longer Than a 5K?

Although most Turkey Trots are 5Ks, sometimes you’ll find ones that are longer. Here are training schedules for other race distances:

Get more tips for 5K training and racing:

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