Healthy Life: Philadelphia Turkey Trots for Thanksgiving 2009

You don't have to feel guilty about your Thanksgiving dinner. Here's where to burn calories pre- and post-gobble fest in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas

Chester County
Chester County Turkey Trot, November 26, 2009
The only thing more motivating than the cash prizes given out to the top three age group finishers at this race might be the homemade pies they also hand over. It’s sponsored by the Chester County Running Store, too, so you can be sure all the local speed demons will be showing up for some of the action.
Type: Walk/Run
Where: BJ’s Parking Lot on Route 30, Downingtown
Time: Registration starts at 6:30 a.m., race begins at 8:00 a.m.. Kids’ dash goes off at 8:45.
Cost: $25 for 5K, $8 for kids’ dash.

Turkey Burner 5K Walk/Run, November 27, 2009
If you’re still stuffed the morning after your Thanksgiving feast, head over to West Chester for the annual Turkey Burner 5K to run it off. Proceeds benefit the local high school cross country team, and you can take advantage of downtown West Chester’s shopping after the finish.
Type: Walk/Run
Where: Corner of Market & Church, West Chester
Time: Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., race at 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $20


Delaware County
Third-Annual Annunciation BVM Turkey Trot, November 28, 2009
With special appearances from Santa Clause and “The Jogging Turkey,” the third-annual Annunciation Turkey Trot features a family fun walk (1.2 miles) through the streets of Havertown and a 5K run along Karakung Drive. Proceeds for this event will be used to fund upgrades in technology and other related tools for students at Annunciation School and the parish PREP classes.

Type: Walk/ Run

Where: Annunciation BVM School, 401 Brookline Boulevard, Havertown

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Cost: $20 ($25 after November 20); Family Rate (up to 5 people), $55 ($60 after November 20); 14 and under, $15

St. Bernadette Turkey Trot 5K and Family Fun Walk, November 28, 2009
If you’re feeling a little slovenly after your Thanksgiving Feast, head up to Drexel Hill for St. Bernadette’s first-ever turkey trot. You can meander off your mashed potatoes with the 1-mile fun walk, or hop in the 5K race for some more competitive fun.
Type: Walk/Run
Where: St. Bernadette’s Church and School, Bond & Turner Avenues, Drexel Hill
Time: Registration opens at 8:00 a.m., race starts at 9:00 a.m.

Cost: 5K run, $25; 1 mile walk, $10, adults; 14 and under 1