Work off Those Thanksgiving Calories at the Turkey Trot 10K in Vancouver, Oct 12

Image from turkeytrot.ca

Image from turkeytrot.ca

Ready to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories? Put down that turkey leg and head to Granville Island on Monday, Oct. 12, for the annual Turkey Trot 10K.

Now in its 18th year, the Turkey Trot has been described as a “run/walk/stroll.” In other words, if you don’t feel like doing sprints after a weekend of stuffing your face with pumpkin pie, then you don’t have to. The uniquely family friendly race is equal parts competition and community get-together. There’s even a special Tot Trot, where moms and dads can push junior in a stroller.

Image from turkeytrot.ca

Image from turkeytrot.ca

The main event is the 10K Turkey Trot, which circles False Creek and is capped at 2,000 runners, to ensure things don’t get too crowded. The route itself seems as much sightseeing as road racing. It starts on Granville Island, then loops over the Burrard Bridge. Runners zip along the seawall, past Yaletown, the Plaza of Nations and Science World. Then, they race back up the southern shore of False Creek, passing Olympic Village on their way to Granville Island.

This year, there’s also a special 1.1-kilometre kids fun run and 350-metre preschooler dash scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11.

As in past years, the 10K is followed by some serious post-race celebration. Food and refreshments (just in case you didn’t get enough on Thanksgiving) are served to all athletes following the race. There’s live entertainment and all adult runners get a complimentary beer voucher for Mahoney & Sons.

Image from turkeytrot.ca

Image from turkeytrot.ca

Of course, what really sets the Turkey Trot apart is that all this running is for a good cause. Racers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food on race day for donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. You can also donate directly to the food bank upon registering online.

The 10K Turkey Trot starts at 8:30 a.m. sharp on Thanksgiving morning, Monday, Oct. 12.  Online registration (for October) is $49 for adults, $25 for students and $15 for kids 13-17 and ends Oct. 8. You can also register in person on the morning of the race. Make sure to arrive early, since holiday parking on Granville Island is a challenge even without thousands of Thanksgiving trotters.

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