Before you gobble 'til you wobble, spot what you've got at Ann Arbor's Turkey Trot

Credit: Ann Arbor Turkey Trot Facebook Page
Credit: Ann Arbor Turkey Trot Facebook Page

ANN ARBOR – Let's be honest. Many of us will be sleeping in on Thanksgiving before spending the rest of the day patiently awaiting the delicious food promised every year on the fourth Thursday of November. Some of us, however, will earn a guilt-free feast after participating in Ann Arbor's annual Turkey Trot, which begins on East Liberty bright and early Thanksgiving morning at 8:15 a.m. for the 1K Tot Trot and 8:30 a.m. for the 5K.

Here's what the Turkey Trot promises: A gobblin' good time in the city we all love, where participants will have the opportunity to run, walk, or crawl with the whole family. It is just the kind of thing that helps one get into the holiday spirit, if you ask us. Important item to note: strollers are welcome, but pets must remain at home. 

If all of that isn't enough to motivate you, how does hot chocolate and cookies at the finish line sound? Not good enough? What about pictures with Turkey Tom and Santa? Maybe? All right, all right. How's this? A portion of each entry fee will go to the ChadTough Foundation to fund research and raise awareness for pediatric brain tumors with an emphasis on diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). Foundations like ChadTough and events like the Turkey Trot are two amazing things to be thankful for this year. 

Here's what else you need to know: By participating in the race, you will receive a festive, long-sleeved cotton T-shirt; custom medals will be given to all 5K finishers; and festive medals will be given to all Tot Trot 1K finishers ages 10 and under. 

As if all of that wasn't enough, there is one last item to note that is specific to this year's Turkey Trot: The Holiday Trio series. What does it mean? Follow us on this one. If you finish the Run Scream Run 5K or 10K, the Turkey Trot 5K and Holiday Hustle 5K, you will receive all three race medals, which connect to form an awesome holiday themed finish line. You could almost say that the Holiday Trio series is run believable... 

Whether or not you decide to participate this year, we sincerely hope all of you have a very happy and healthy(ish) Thanksgiving. 

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