Turkey trots and Thanksgiving parades in Kansas City 2017
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Kansas City families adore the Thanksgiving holiday.

Why not? This is the perfect time of the year to celebrate family. From eating until you can't eat anymore at the dinner table to just enjoying each other’s company, Thanksgiving is a special holiday that celebrates the concept of togetherness. Before the turkey is served, though, many families across the Kansas City area will put on their running shoes to race in the numerous turkey trots in the area. For those who love a parade, well, you’ll get your grand wish as well. Read further to catch the best turkey trots and parades in the Kansas City area this Thanksgiving.

Kansas City Turkey Trot 5K/8K
Nov. 23 @ 7:30 am (Packet Pick Up Open Time)
Arrowhead Stadium -- 1 Arrowhead Dr., Kansas City, MO 64129
(224) 757-5425 (Race Information)

Dress out in your favorite Thanksgiving costume and make your way to Arrowhead Stadium for this fantastic trot. The Kansas City Turkey Trot 5K/8K will provide a challenge for those who want to be in tip-top shape for the turkey. Runners will race around the Harry Truman Sports Complex parking lot for a good cause, and when the race is over, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment for completing this fantastic fun run.

28th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Family Stroll
Nov. 23 @  9 am (Packet Pick Up Time)
Sprint World Headquarters Campus -- W. 117th St. & Sprint Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66251
(816) 474-4652 (KC Sports Commission Phone #)

If you have ever wanted to get an up-close and personal view of the Sprint World Headquarters, this is your chance. The huge campus will host the 28th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Family Stroll, a Thanksgiving Trot that will provide families with a chance to get into shape before the turkey is served. It will more than likely be cold on this day, so please make sure that you and the family bundle up!

Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day Run & Walk
Nov. 23 @ 9 am (Start of First Race)
Ward Parkway Center -- 8600 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64114
No Phone Number

Take a fun run along the state line of Missouri and Kansas before the Thanksgiving dinner is served. The Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day Run & Walk will offer a 5K that will be more up the family’s alley, to a 10K that will be geared to more serious runners and walkers. Regardless of which race you choose, this run/walk will provide a lot of fun (and calorie burning) for the whole family.

Run 4 a Reason 5K & 8K
Nov. 18 @  8 am (Registration & Late Packet Pickup)
YWCA of Northeast Kansas -- 225 SW 12th St., Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 233-1750

The name of this trot says it all. If you want to run not only to burn some calories before the big Thanksgiving dinner, but to also do some good in the community, sign up for the Run 4 a Reason 5K & 8K, where all proceeds from the event will go to the Girls on the Run benefit, a program by the YWCA that provides girls in grades three through eight with after-school programs and curriculums. It’s a great way to kick off a special holiday.