Turkey trots and Thanksgiving parades in Washington DC 2017
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Washington, DC may be the seat of government in America, but for Thanksgiving, our nation’s capital will become a destination for relatives looking to spend the holiday with their loved ones.

The usual staples of Thanksgiving will be on display in DC, from eating family fun to eating yourself to a food coma; but if you want to make room for that turkey dinner, then make your way to one of the great turkey trots that will do the region on Thanksgiving morning. Here are the best trots that will provide you the opportunity to lose some calories for the holidays.

Turkey Tumble for Autism 5K/10M
Nov. 19 @  8 am
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Path -- 3700 Water St, Washington, DC 20007

Get out your running shoes and run for a great cause on Turkey Day. The Turkey Tumble for Autism 5K/10M will present runners with the opportunity to both tours the upscale Georgetown area of DC and contribute to the Organization for Autism Research to help those who suffer from autism.

Arnold Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K
Nov. 23 @ 7 am
Anne Arundel Community College -- 101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012
(410) 777-2222

In the suburban Maryland town of Arnold, the local YMCA will be the site of one of the DC area’s best turkey trots. The Arnold Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K will give its proceeds to various charities within the community, and the family-friendly race will keep everyone in shape and entertained on Thanksgiving morning. The race will begin at the West Campus Drive entrance of the Anne Arundel Community College campus.

Fairfax Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 @ 9 am
Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department -- 4081 University Dr., Fairfax City, VA, 22030
(703) 537-0630

If your Thanksgiving plans take you to Fairfax, then make sure you carry you running shows with you. The Fairfax Turkey Trot, which will start at the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, will take runners through the city’s Old Town and through the splendid campus of George Mason University. This race will certainly present a challenger for runners, but once you cross the finish line, it will be one you won’t forget.

Giving Thanks 5K
Nov. 23 @ 8 am
Centennial Park -- 131 Church St. NE, Vienna, VA 22180

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we give thanks, and this turkey trot will promote that along with personal wellness. The Giving Thanks 5K will take runners through Centennial Park, and all proceeds will go to TAPs (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), which offers care for those suffering from losing loved ones in the Armed Forces.