Turkey trots and Thanksgiving parades in Atlanta 2017
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Spending Thanksgiving in Atlanta is something every out-of-town relative look forward too.

Why not? The South’s leading city specializes in making Thanksgiving memories. From families filling the neighborhoods with laughter and fun to the smells emanating from kitchens that will make your mouth water. If you’re looking to make some room in the tummy for Thanksgiving, then get your running shoes out and make your way to one of Atlanta’s best turkey trots.

Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon
Nov. 23 @ 7:30 am
Georgia State Stadium -- 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 231-9064 (Atlanta Track Club Phone #)

The largest turkey trot in Georgia will take place right in front of the home of the Georgia State Panthers. The Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon has been bringing out runners from all corners of the Peach State for years, and this year’s marathon will be just as awesome (and calorie-burning) as the previous years. So if you’re ready to scratch off a marathon off of your bucket list, this race will help you achieve that goal.

Five Star Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 @ 6:30 am (Packet Pick Up)
Kids R Kids -- 3838 Johns Creek Pkwy, Johns Creek, GA 30024
(770) 476-3877 (Kids R Kids Phone #)

If you’re looking for a race the whole family can enjoy, take in this trot at Johns Creek. Here, the Five Star Thanksgiving Turkey Trot will provide a fun run for all ages with a course that won’t be a challenging as some of the area’s other trots. This will be a great race to take the family to get them into shape for the big Thanksgiving dinner.

Gwinnett Gobble Wobble
Nov. 23 @ 7 am
Little Mulberry Park -- 3900 Hog Mountain Rd., Dacula, GA 30019
(678) 985-3921

Ready to get your wobble on? Well, you can at the Gwinnett Gobble Wobble, one of Atlanta’s newest turkey trots, but one that has established itself as one of the region’s best. The Gobble Wobble will be a fun run that the whole family will enjoy, and all proceeds from the race will go on to benefit local charities in Gwinnett County.

Turkey Trot 5K
Nov. 23 @ 7:45 am (Start of First Race)
Peachtree City Christian Church -- 500 Kedron Dr., Peachtree City, GA 30269
(770) 487-9711

The Peachtree City Christian Church will be the site of this hometown turkey run. The Turkey trot 5K will present all those in attendance a great way to shed some pounds to make room for the huge turkey dinner. So get those running shoes out, and see if you can cross the finish line on turkey day.