Not only is Thanksgiving Day the most popular day to eat turkey and pumpkin pie, it’s also the most popular day of the year to run a race. In fact, according to Running USA, 901,753 people finished a turkey trot in 2015, marking the fifth consecutive year of growth for turkey day running.

“The sport of running is increasingly social, so it’s no surprise Thanksgiving turkey trots are on the rise with the holiday being centered around family and friends,” said Rich Harshbarger, Running USA CEO. “Becoming such a popular running day, it seems as if nearly every community has their own turkey trot, which only strengthens the community and family focus of the day.”

In addition to the overall growth of race and finisher totals, Thanksgiving continues to see some of the nation’s largest road races taking place. The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, in San Jose, California, continues to be the largest Thanksgiving race with 19,000 finishers in 2015, which ranks it among the top 100 largest races.

Showing to the national trend of healthy Thanksgiving Day race totals, 14 states are represented among the top 20 largest turkey trot races. Seven races hosted more than 10,000 runners, while another six had more than 7,000 finishers. The Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot was the largest in North Carolina with 6,549 finishers in 2015.

So, if you’ve been thinking that nearly every community has it’s own turkey trot, you’re probably right! To find a Thanksgiving race near you, check out our 8th Annual Gobbler Guide!

November 18

Apex Turkey Trot 5K

Apex, NC | 5K

Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut

Cherokee, NC | 5K

Flowers Plantation Gobble Till You Wobble 5K

Clayton, NC | 5K

Hickory YMCA Turkey Trot

Hickory, NC | 5K, 10K, 1 Mile

The Rotary Clubs of Brunswick County 5K Turkey Trot

Shallotte, NC | 5K

November 19

Bradford Park Turkey Trot

Harrisburg, NC | 5K, 1 Miles

November 23

ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot

Duck, NC | 5K

Beau’s Buddies Turkey Trot for Kids

Greenville, NC | 5K

Calabash Turkey Trot

Calabash, NC | 5K

Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot

Charlotte, NC | 8K, 1 Mile, Kids Run

Cold Turkey 5K

Franklin, NC | 5K

Gallop & Gorge 8K

Carrboro, NC |  8K

Gobbler’s Run 5K

Wake Forest, NC | 5K

Greensboro Gobbler

Greensboro, NC | 5K, 1.5 Mile

Hyatt’s Turkey Trot

Statesville, NC | 5K

Lake Norman Turkey Trot

Cornelius, NC | 15K, 10K, 5K

Mooresville/Lake Norman 5K Turkey Trot

Mooresville, NC | 5K, Kids Run

Ridgewood Turkey Trot

Raleigh, NC | 8K, 1 Mile

Skinny Turkey Half Marathon and Just Think First 5K

Raleigh, NC | 13.1 Mile, 5K

Thanksgiving Day 5K in Corolla

Corolla, NC | 5K, 1 Mile Novelty Run, Kids Run

Turkey Dash

Charlotte, NC | 4 Mile, 1 Mile

The Turkey Trot at Millbridge

Waxhaw, NC | 4 Mile, Kids Run

Twin Rivers YMCA Turkey Trot

New Bern, NC | 5K, Kids Run

University City Turkey Trot 5K

Charlotte, NC | 5K, Kids Run

Uwharrie Running Club’s Turkey Trot

Albemarle, NC | 4.2 Miles

Wild Turkey Thanksgiving Day 5K

Corolla, NC | 5K, Kids Run

Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot

Wrightsville Beach, NC | 5K, 1 Mile

November 25

Kids First Turkey Trot

Elizabeth City, NC | 5K, 1 Miles