Turkey trots and Thanksgiving parades in Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota 2017
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The Tampa Bay area will be one of the spots to visit for Thanksgiving.

Why? Because this region is a warm, tropical paradise compared to the colder climate that will dominate Thanksgiving up north. In addition, visiting relatives in Tampa Bay will be a lot of fun. From hitting up the beach, to riding roller coasters at Busch Gardens, Thanksgiving will be a joy to the family in this region. The balmy weather also makes this region ideal to run in an awesome turkey trot, and here are the best ones that will allow you to lose some calories so you can enjoy the fun in Tampa Bay.

Goody Goody Turkey Gobble
Nov. 23 @ 7 am (Start of First Race)
Amalie Arena -- 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33696
No Phone Number

There will be nothing like a tour of the beautiful Channelside area of downtown Tampa. Here is where the Goody Goody Turkey Gobble will take place, one of Tampa’s more popular turkey trots. With a variety of races for all ages and race groups, the feeling of crossing the finish line to start of a memorable Thanksgiving will give you and the family a moment that won’t be soon forgotten.

North Shore Elementary School Coffee Pot Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 @ 7:45 am
North Shore Elementary School -- 200 35th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 839-2181

If you’re going to run in a turkey trot on the Pinellas side of the bay, why not run a race that will help the kids? You’ll have a chance to do that at the North Shore Elementary School Coffee Pot Turkey Trot, a 3-mile fun run that will not only celebrate the 90th anniversary of the school but also promote the school’s initiative of healthy students and families.

ALSO Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 @ 7:30 am
Hyatt Regency Sarasota -- 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 951-2576

Down in Sarasota, this turkey trot will go toward the benefit of the youth in Sarasota County. The ALSO Turkey Trot is a race that will be both challenging and rewarding. Not only will runner's a grand tour the gorgeous Sarasota Bay, but all proceeds will go to support ALSO (Advocacy, Leadership, Support, and Outreach) an organization that supports LGBT youths within the county.

Run for the Pies
Nov. 23 @ 6:30 am (Packet Pickup)
Holloway Park -- 2402 Holloway Park Dr., Lakeland, FL 33812
(863) 255-2067

Want a free pie for Thanksgiving? Come out to Holloway Park in the Polk County city of Lakeland and earned that free sweet goodness. Run for the pies is a unique turkey trot that will present the first 200 runners who finish with an apple pie with caramel drizzle. Now that’s more than enough for you to strap on your running shoes and race for the pie in Lakeland.