Gobble up guilt-free with Turkey Trots in Steamboat, Hayden

Chris and Jessica Sword trotted through the 2014 Steamboat Springs Turkey Trot in some very traditional attire. (Photo by Ben Ingersoll)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Think the only race on Thanksgiving is for the last piece of pie?

Before lifting a fork, brave the chilly temps and gobble up those desserts guilt free by participating in one of two area Turkey Trots.

With the average Thanksgiving Day meal ranging from 3,000 to 4,500 calories, these runs are a great way to burn off those calories and kick off the holiday season.

Pro tip

Take a festive approach to running gear by donning tutus, drumstick headbands, turkey hats, and don’t be surprised to see a turkey in costume running down area streets this coming week.

Steamboat Turkey Trot

9 a.m. | Thursday, Nov. 22 | Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.

Steamboat’s Turkey Trot, a 5K sponsored by the Steamboat Springs High School cross country team, follows a paved, out-and-back route starting at Gardner Field Stadium at Steamboat Springs High School and continuing out to Strawberry Park and back. Proceeds from the run benefit the Sailors track and field and cross country programs.

The run begins with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Packet pick-up will be at Twisted Trails on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and race day from 8:15 to 9 a.m.

Donations: Non-perishable food donations will be accepted on site for LiftUp of Routt County’s food banks.

Tip: Dress in cold weather running gear or a costume.

Hayden Turkey Trot

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 17 | Dry Creek Park, 513 S. Poplar St., Hayden

Hayden hosts its annual Turkey Trot, which includes a 5K and kids one-mile fun run, on Saturday. Music, refreshments and a drawing will be offered after the run. The entry fee is donation-based, and the event will occur rain, shine or snow.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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