Turkey trots and Thanksgiving parades in West Palm Beach and Ft. Pierce 2017
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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time in West Palm Beach.

Telling from the weather, when the temperature will be comfortable and warm, Thanksgiving will seem more like a beach day than a day of family, hot chocolate, and watching football while the fireplace burns holiday-scented logs. While fall will not be a typical fall in the tropical Palm Beaches, Thanksgiving provides all of the other attributes described earlier, minus the fireplace; and another great Thanksgiving tradition that the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast take part in is the turkey trot.

So if you’re looking to make some room in the tummy for that Thanksgiving turkey, read further and check out the best races in the area for gobbler season.

Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 @ 7 am (Start of First Race)
Bradley Park -- 100 Bradley Pl., Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 655-1919

The island of Palm Beach is one of Florida’s swankiest places, but on Turkey Day, this town will transform into a family-oriented fun run. The Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot is one of Palm Beach County’s best turkey trots, with a 5K and a kid-friendly Gobble Wobble that will present families with an opportunity to make some room for the big turkey. With the ocean breeze gently rolling in, this trot is one that you can’t pass up on Thanksgiving.

Palm City Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 @ 7:30 am (Start of First Race)
2700 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City, FL 34990

In the Martin County town of Palm City, this turkey trot will certainly be a great event for the family. The Palm City Turkey Trot will be in its 7th year and will host both a 5K trot for runners/walkers and a Kids Fun Run for the little ones. All of the proceeds from the Palm City Turkey Trot will go to benefit The Salvation Army of Martin County.

Levis JCC Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 @ 6 am (Check-In and Registration)
South County Regional Park -- 12551 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33498
(561) 852-3200

Back in Palm Beach County, this south county will bring out the turkeys in your family. The Levis JCC Turkey Trot will send runners on a scenic run through the South County Regional Park, and with a course that isn’t challenging, this trot will be fun for the whole family. Make sure you register early, as this popular trot is subject to be sold out!

Tamarac Turkey Trot
Nov. 23 @ 7:30 am
Tamarac City Hall -- 7525 NW 88th Ave., Tamarac, FL 33321
(954) 597-3620  

Get your running shoes ready to go on a running (or walking) tour of the beautiful Broward County city of Tamarac. The Tamarac Turkey Trot is one of South Florida’s more popular turkey trots, and also one of its oldest, celebrating its 37th year of runners running through the streets of Tamarac to make room for the turkey this holiday season.