Turkey Day 5K Sanford

Cooler weather is just around the corner (maybe?) and that means the holidays are going to be here before we know it. This holiday season also means more family time and some great Thanksgiving food. Before you begin a great day of eating too much turkey (and napping), why not burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories by signing up for a Thanksgiving turkey trot or fun run?

Orlando Turkey Trot Runs

We'll start off with turkey trots in Orlando that take place before the big day, then look at the races on Turkey Day itself.

Before Thanksgiving Day

Dream Finders Homes The Great Turkey Trot 5K

Sunday, November 19, 8:00am
Clermont, FL
$15 to $35
Start a new Thanksgiving tradition for you and your family at The Great Turkey Trot 5K at Southern Hill Farms. All 5K participants will receive a chip timed race, t-shirt, finishers medal, PLUS a world-famous Apple Cider Donut from Southern Hill Farms. Kids Race participants will receive a shirt and medal. Join in the fun post-race with festive treats, music, and more for the whole family!

On Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving Weekend

Here are a few ideas to help you plan: Annual Turkey Day 5K
Thursday, November 23, 8:00 am
Fort Mellon Park, Sanford, Florida
$25 to $30

The 14th Annual Turkey Day 5K in Sanford, Florida is back!! Get your day started with family on the beautiful shores of Lake Monroe setting a new record, strolling with kids, or taking a leisure walk with family!  Make this part of your family tradition too! And don't forget – Free Starbucks Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and donuts from Sanford's own Donuts To Go. 

Featured image above provided by Race Time Sports for Turkey Day 5K Sanford

Avalon Park Turkey Trot 5k
Thursday, November 23, 8:00 am
Avalon Park, Florida
$20 – $30

Get your Thanksgiving off to a good start with a 5k through beautiful Avalon Park. Proceeds from this event will help support programs and services that enable Avalon Park Foundation to protect stable neighborhoods and community organizations, as well as aid underprivileged ones in Avalon Park and the surrounding neighborhoods in the area.

AdventHealth Groveland Turkey Trot 5K & 10K

Thursday, November 23, 7:30 am
Groveland, Florida
$40 to $50

Let's burn off as many calories as possible before the bird even comes out of the oven! Join FloDash runners and walkers for the annual AdventHealth Groveland Turkey Trot 5K & 10k. Participants will experience a safe and distanced start and finish line at Cherry Lake Park. Run or walk on a course designed to showcase some of Groveland's most beautiful hills on the Wilson Lake Parkway trail and there is some off road, hard packed for a portion of the 10K. All participants will receive a chip-timed bib, a race shirt, a finisher's medal and a post race snack and beverage.

Florida Turkey Trot at Oviedo Mall
Thursday, November 23, 8:00 am
Oviedo, Florida
Free to $35

All participants will be chip timed and receive a custom finisher medal and age group awards will be provided. There will be vendors, music with DJCJ, live performances and much more.  All participants receive a custom finisher medal and t-shirt or Jacket depending on what is selected online. 

Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Race in Oviedo - Turkey Trot 5K
Florida Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Race in Oviedo – Turkey Trot 5K


Golden Triangle YMCA Turkey Trot 5K
Thursday, November 23, 8:00 am
Tavares, Florida

Start your holiday in a healthier way with family and friends at the YMCA! Whether you’re a casual jogger or a lifelong runner, you’re invited to attend our event and help support our mission. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate and everyone will receive a race t-shirt and medal.

All proceeds directly benefit the Golden Triangle YMCA and their Annual Support Campaign.

Track Shack Seniors First Turkey Trot 5k
Thursday, November 23, 8:00 am
Orlando, Florida
$35 to $45

A Thanksgiving tradition now in its 34th year. Join your fellow turkey trotters at beautiful Lake Eola bright and early Thanksgiving morning and burn some calories before you feast! Participate as runners, joggers and walkers, many dressed in full costumes or Thanksgiving-themed hats, hit the 3.1 mile course for a morning of fun to raise money for Meals on Wheels and other programs that support seniors in our community.

Ritz-Carlton Gobbler 5K
Thursday, November 23, 8:00 am
Orlando, Florida
$50 – $75

The Ritz-Carlton Gobbler 5K is a walk or fun run family event which you can enjoy while taking in the amazing landscape of this beautiful Grande Lakes resort! The race takes place on the back 9 of the 18-hole championship course inspired by the legendary golf course designer Greg Norman. After the race, replenish your body with champagne or mimosas, an assortment of healthy snack options, as well as a stretching and massage by their therapists featuring Theragun.

You will also receive an exclusive T-shirt and medal, special goodie bag, and a chance to enter into a raffle for a complimentary massage, a facial, a manicure/pedicure and/or a special gift bag from their Spa partners and more!

Beyond Orlando…

Annual Turkey Giveaway Beach 5k
Saturday, November 11, 8:00 am
Daytona Beach, Florida

This beachside 5k in Daytona Beach includes a free breakfast, sponsor bags, specialty 5k shirts, medal, and other freebies. Your registration provides a local Volusia County family with a turkey for Thanksgiving.

Hungry Like a Wolf Turkey Trot
Sunday, November 19, 8:00am
Rockledge, FL

Come celebrate Thanksgiving together in this run/walk 5K race! All ages and levels welcome! The race starts and finishes at Wulf's Watch gym. The race continues through the scenic woodsy pathway through Dick Blake Park. Registration includes a T-shirt, Goody Bag, and Warrior Wolf medals!

Annual John Boyle Thanksgiving 10 Mile, 5k & Kids Dash Road Races
Thursday, November 23, 7:30 am
DeLand, Florida
Free to $50

This Thanksgiving Day race series winds through the Sperling Sports Complex. Top quality tee shirts, post race refreshments, and Finisher Medals to 10 Miler & 5k Participants.

Cocoa Beach Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 23, 8:00 am
Cocoa Beach, Florida
$25 to $30

Cocoa Beach road race for runners and walkers through residential Cocoa Isles. Get your Thanksgiving off to a healthy start and create a great holiday tradition with family and friends!  Free fun runs for the Little Gobblers.

Daytona Beach Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk
Thursday, November 23, 9:00 am
Daytona Beach, Florida

Start your Thanksgiving morning running on beautiful Daytona Beach and burn some calories before you feast.  All participants receive a custom finisher medal and cozy t-shirt. First 10% Finishers receive a custom Glass cup.
Free Kids Tot Trot (50-100 meters)!

runners on the beach at Florida Turkey Trot 5K Daytona Beach - Image credit Florida Turkey Trot
Florida Turkey Trot 5K Daytona Beach – Image credit: Florida Turkey Trot

New Smyrna Beach Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble 5K Run/Walk
Thursday, November 23, 8:00 am
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Ready to work for your turkey? This is a beach run/walk in the sand of New Smyrna Beach. The race will Start and Finish on the beach; in front of the Flagler Ave Boardwalk.

Space Coast Turkey Trot 5k
Thursday, November 23, 7:30am
Melbourne, Florida

Head out to the Space Coast for this Thanksgiving Day 5k! Race includes finisher medals, pumpkin pie challenge, and post race breakfast.

Gobbler 5k, 10k, & Half Marathon
Saturday, November 25, 8:00am

DeLand, FL

$30 – 65

Pick your distance on this out and back course in Lake Beresford Park in DeLand. All finishers will receive a finishers medal.

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