Turkey trots and Thanksgiving parades in Pittsburgh 2017
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Pittsburgh and Thanksgiving go together like stuffing and cranberry sauce.

This Western Pennsylvania city is a special place year-round, but when Thanksgiving rolls around, Pittsburgh and its surroundings turn up the charm for out-of-town relatives. From neighborhoods filling with the smells of turkey dinners to runners heading to high school race tracks and YMCAs to run in a turkey trot to make room for all of that food. For the latter, here are the best trots that will keep you in shape for Thanksgiving in the Steel City.

PNC YMCA Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 @ 8 am (Start of First Race)
PNC Park -- N. Shore Dr. & Mazeroski Wy., Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 227-3800

One of the best turkey trots in America will take place at the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The PNC YMCA Turkey Trot has been the go-to race on Thanksgiving morning for many Western PA families for decades, and this year’s festivities promise to not be any different. So break out your favorite Thanksgiving costume, and get ready to burn off those calories for the turkey.

Seneca Valley Cross Country Turkey Chase
Nov. 23 @ 9 am
Graham Park -- 260 Graham Park Dr., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
No Phone Number

For the past six years, this suburban Pittsburgh turkey trot has gotten many of its families into shape for Thanksgiving. The Seneca Valley Cross Country Turkey Chase will present a challenging 5K that will not only allow families to burn off calories but to also benefit the Cranberry Community Chest.

Thanksgiving 5K
Nov. 23 @ 9 am
YMCA Downtown -- 20 W. Washington St., New Castle, PA 16101
(724) 658-4766

Get your sneakers ready to race in downtown New Castle. The Thanksgiving 5K put on by the New Castle YMCA will take runners and walkers on a tour of picture-perfect downtown New Castle, and since this is a YMCA event, this turkey trot will be a great bonding experience for the whole family prior to the serving of Thanksgiving dinner.

YMCA Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 -- Check Website for Times
Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farm -- 1803 Fleming Rd., Indiana, PA 15701
(724) 463-9622

Have you ever wanted to race at a Christmas tree farm? Well, if you’re in Indiana County, you’ll get your chance. The 3rd Annual YMCA Turkey Trot is fairly new on the Pittsburgh turkey trot circuit, but it has become a fun race that will go to benefit numerous charities within the region. Also, there will be hot chocolate, food and more to make this race even more festive.