Turkey trots and Thanksgiving parades in Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville 2017
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You know it’s Thanksgiving in the Raleigh-Durham region when you see the airport filling with out-of-town family members.

From there, it’s on to the neighborhoods that will be filled with laughter and love, and the smell of Thanksgiving dinner filling the air with heavenly smells. For those looking to make some room in the belly for all of that food, make sure that you check out the following turkey trots for a run you won’t soon forget on Thanksgiving morning.

Gobbler’s Run 5K
Nov. 23 @ 8 am
Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club -- 325 S. Wingate St., Wake Forest, NC 27587
(919) 556-7266

Get ready to run for the turkey in suburban Wake Forest. Started in 1998, the Gobbler’s Run 5K has become the premier event for the town’s Boys  Girls Club, and over 2,000 runners from all over Wake County make their way to the center to stay in shape for Turkey Day and help raise fund for the Club.

Trophy Trot 10K
Nov. 23 @ 8 am
1251 Goode St., Raleigh, NC 27603

If you’re really looking for a challenging run for Thanksgiving, then this could be your race. The Trophy Trot 10K will be a challenging race that will be for those seriously looking to lose some calories before the turkey dinner. With a course that will take runners through Dix Park, this is a race for the serious turkey trot runners.

New Balance Thanksgiving Day 8K/5K
Nov. 23 @ 8:30 am
Renaissance Center -- 6907-120 Fayetteville Rd., Durham, NC 27713

One of the largest turkey trot runs in the Triangle will take runners on a tour through one of Durham’s growing neighborhoods. The New Balance Thanksgiving Day 8K/5K has been a tradition in the Bull City for years, and all will be invited to race and make a difference in the community.

United We Run for Puerto Rico
Nov. 19 @  pm
Pavilion at the Jordan Soccer Complex -- 45 Treetop Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28311
(910) 758-9127

This may not be a turkey trot per se, but this run is every bit as important and will also get your tummy into Thanksgiving dinner shape. The United We Run for Puerto Rico run will go to benefit the organization to help the island rebuild from devastating Hurricane Maria. If you’re willing to help and burn some calories in the process, make your way to the Jordan Soccer Complex and prepare to run for Puerto Rico.