MARYLAND TURKEY TROTS
YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase Turkey Chase. Animal lovers, rest easy—there’s no live-turkey chasing at this staple Bethesda run. Rather, a volunteer dresses up in a mascot costume, waving and pumping up the crowd from a convertible. On November 26, runners can participate in either the 10K run at 8:30 or the 2-mile fun run at 8:50. Both races will start at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA (9401 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda). When you register, cast a vote for one of Bethesda’s six high schools; the winning public school gets $1,000, and the winning private school receives $500. For more information, fees, and to register, click here.
Green Valley North Turkey Trot. This annual turkey trot, now in its 26th year, benefits Crohn’s and Colitis research at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. On Thanksgiving morning, participants can choose a 5-mile run or a 3-mile walk through the Green Valley North countryside—the course begins and ends at 12109 Ridge Valley Drive. On race day from 8 to 8:45, participants can register and make donations. Then, warm up with a certified aerobics instructor before setting off at 9. After crossing the finish line, celebrate with breakfast, door prizes and special appearances by Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, WBAL-TV chief meteorologist Tom Tasselmyer, and WBAL radio’s Detour Dave. For more information, click here.
Way Station’s Turkey Trot. Take part in either a 5K run or a 1K fun run/walk on Thanksgiving Day. The fee for the shorter race, which begins at 8, is $7 for all ages, and the longer race, which starts at 8:30 is $20 for students under 18 and $25 for adults. Proceeds will benefit Way Station, a Frederick-based nonprofit mental-health-services organization. Runners start and finish near the intersection of West Second and North Bentz streets in Frederick. For more information, click here.