Before you tear into that turkey on Thanksgiving Day, get out of the house and head to one of these top Turkey Trots in Morris and Sussex Counties.  Team Nest Builder promises you won’t feel quite so bad about that second helping of pumpkin pie after running a 5K--gobble, gobble!

Krogh’s Annual Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Benefiting Sparta Public Schools

23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta

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This huge annual event offers not only carb-burning through the Adult 5K, Youth 5K and Fun Run, but also carb-loading!  If you register at the Lake Mohawk Country Club between 5pm and 8pm on November 22nd (or if you’ve already registered online) you’re invited to the Villa Capri Pasta Party on the Lake Mohawk boardwalk (also 5pm to 8pm on November 22nd)! Registered participants are FREE, guests are $5.  Day-of on-site registration runs 7am - 8am in the Lake Mohawk Country Club. The Fun Run starts at 8:15 a.m and each participant receives a medal.  The 5K begins at 8:45 a.m. Dogs and strollers allowed. For more information, visit


Morris Township Thanksgiving Day 5K/1M Turkey Trot presented by Interfaith Food Pantry & Literacy Volunteers of Morris County

Ginty Field Complex at 49 Woodland Ave. Morris Township

In addition to the traditional 5K Run and 1M Fun Run/Walk, this event offers a Kids’ Trot for the 12-and-under crowd (a sprint across Ginty Field after which all participants receive ribbons), as well as DJ entertainment, refreshments, “Turkey Tee” and more!  Organizers allow strollers and baby joggers on the 1M course only and you’ll need to leave your pets at home. On-site registration and packet pick-up opens at 7 am on race day, followed by the 5K Run at 8:30 am, the 1M Fun Walk/Run at 8:40 am and the Kids’ Trot at 9:15am.  This event draws big crowds, so be sure to arrive early to provide ample time to find a parking spot. For more information and to register, visit


Butler Turkey Trot 2017/6th Annual Thanksgiving Morning 5K and Fun Run/Fitness Walk

Memorial Field at Mabey Lane, Butler

The Butler Booster Club invites participants to “run, walk, jog or even skip” at this family-friendly event! Online registration closes at noon on November 22nd, and 5K online registrants are guaranteed a t-shirt.   The Fun Run starts at 8:15 am, while the 5K (warning:  hilly course) begins at 8:30 am. (Onsite registration/packet pick-up starts at 7 am.) For more information and to register, visit


The 9th Annual Chatham Turkey Trot

110 Van Houten Avenue, Chatham

This 1 Mile Family Fun Run and USA Track & Field-certified 5K Race takes participants through the scenic Highlands section of Chatham Township while raising funds for first responders and diabetes research and education.  Leave Fido at home and be sure to use your bathroom before heading to the race as there are no restrooms along the course.  Registration/ Pre-race warm-ups begin at 8 am, followed by the 8:30 AM 1 Mile Family Fun Run at 8:30 am and the Program/5K Race at 9 am.  For more information or to register, visit


The 11th Annual WMC Memorial Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

West Morris Central High School, 259 Bartley Road, Chester

This event continues the tradition of the WMC Memorial Race started 10 years ago in memory of Kyleigh D'Alessio and Tanner Birch. Since then the race has also honored the memory of Stephen Berstler. The proceeds of the race fund the memorial scholarships in their names as well as new recreational projects for the benefit of the Township. Registration begins at 8 am followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 10 am at XC Trail at the High School. For more information, visit


Sandyston Township Recreation's Gobble Hobble 5K Run/Walk

133 Co Rd 645, Sandyston

Run, walk or hobble through this 5K Run/Walk!  Packet pickup and walk-up registration (if not sold out) begins at 7 am followed by the race at 9 am.  For more information, visit

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