Turkey trots and Thanksgiving parades in Boston 2017
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Boston is a city that is in sync with Thanksgiving.

Not only does this holiday have a historic meaning to Beantown, but this city is also a magnet for out-of-town relatives to come and spend some great family time with relatives they rarely get to see. From the food to the fellowship, Thanksgiving is a joyous time of the year in Boston, and what will make it even better will be to lose some pounds before the turkey is served at the numerous turkey trots in the area.

Boston Volvo Village 5K
Nov. 23 @ 9 am
Boston Volvo Village -- 75 N. Beacon St., Allston, MA 02134

On the grounds of the Boston Volvo Village, this turkey trot will be a great race for families looking to make some room for the huge turkey dinner. The Boston Volvo Village 5K will provide a course that will be both challenging and easy to navigate, and all of the proceeds from this trot will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater New England.

Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K
Nov. 23 @ 9 am
1 Circuit Dr., Boston, MA 02121
(617) 442-4141

Franklin Park is one of Boston’s beautiful parks, and on Thanksgiving, this fantastic green space will transform into one awesome turkey trot course. The Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K is a family-oriented trot that will take runners through this historic park. From babies to the elderly, anyone who wants to stay in shape for the turkey is welcome to a morning that will be full of fun for everyone.

Fisher Cats Thanksgiving Day 5K
Nov. 23 @ 9 am
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium -- 1 Line Dr., Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 488-1186

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are certainly one of the state’s most popular pro teams. On Thanksgiving, the Fisher Cats will turn their field of dreams over to the runners with the Fisher Cats Thanksgiving 5K. This family-friendly event will bring out everyone to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium to have some family fun and burn off some calories in the process. Oh, and there is some cool race swag for all those who register for this awesome race.

Newman YMCA Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 @ 7 am (Start of First Race)
Newman YMCA -- 472 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771
(508) 336-7103

YMCAs all over Greater Boston will hold great turkey trots, but one stands out as the one you should bring your family to if you live in the town of Seekonk. The local YMCA will put on its 10th annual turkey trot, which will have both 5K and 10K races on a USATF certified course. You’ll also have the opportunity to win an award, but that will be a footnote to all of the family time that you’ll be able to spend staying in shape for Thanksgiving.