Jog off some of those Thanksgiving carbs--all for a good cause

Chatham Turkey Trot and other races raise money for local charities
In 2012, more than 1,400 participated in the Chatham Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Photo courtesy of

It’s that fabulous time of year again when we gather together with our families, exchange gifts, break bread, and give thanks. It’s also that time of year when we fill up on turkey, potatoes, and a myriad of delicious dishes that make us feel oh-so-guilty the next day.

However, we need not feel the pangs of guilt. Instead of kicking yourself because you indulged a bit too much on Thanksgiving, try kicking up your heels the morning of Thanksgiving in one of the Cape's great races!

There are three great turkey day (and one post turkey day) races from which to choose. First up, the Chatham Turkey Trot:

The Chatham Turkey Trot is an annual event that not only gets you and yours out there on Thanksgiving Day, but it also benefits the Lower Cape Outreach Council, one of the most prominent local charities on Cape Cod. The event is held on Thanksgiving morning, with registration opening at 7am and the run starting at 8am (those less inclined to run are more than welcome to come in their walking shoes).

The Trot starts behind the Chatham Orpheum Theatre and loops around. Entry fees are $15 plus a bag of non-perishable food items for entrants aged 16+, $5 for ages 5-16, and kids under 5 are free with the one grocery item.

The Turkey Trot began back in 2005 and was started by Mary Parsons and Linda Redding. The event has grown and in 2010, there were over 1,000 participants. The whole event is coordinated by the Chatham Walkers and the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Chatham.

This is a great way to boost up your metabolism before Thanksgiving Dinner and to give to a wonderful local charity.

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