Fueling Thanksgiving spirit: Lace up for the 4 best turkey trots in New Hampshire

Fueling Thanksgiving spirit: Lace up for the 4 best turkey trots in New Hampshire


By Katy Savage

November 21, 2023

Here in New Hampshire, Turkey Trots aren’t just a prelude to Thanksgiving indulgence. They are celebrations of community, fitness and holiday cheer, where a diverse crowd dons festive gear and walks or runs a 5K or more. 

New Hampshire’s Turkey Trots blend community bonding with a healthy start to the holiday season. 

Here are four popular turkey trots for you to try around New Hampshire: 

The Fisher Cats Thanksgiving 5K

More than 8,000 runners have worn Thanksgiving attire for this 5K race, which started in 2011 to raise money for The Fisher Cats Foundation, an organization that supports all types of  nonprofit organizations. The course heads out of the Delta Dental Stadium and incorporates a loop through Manchester’s historic millyard.  

GDTC Turkey Trot

This race, celebrating its 50th anniversary, takes you clockwise around the residential roads of Beaver Lake, a popular residential location in Derry, located on Route 102. Entrants are required to bring a nonperishable food item. 

Keene Wobble Gobble Run

The 4-mile Wobble Gobble Run supports the Keene High School girls’ cross country and track team. The fun family gathering invites participants of all ages to amble through a predominantly paved and sidewalk-lined route in downtown Keene.The first 500 registrants receive a t-shirt.    

Dover Turkey Trot

The Dover Turkey Trot, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, raises money for the The Garrison School PTA, which provides money for student enrichment activities, family and community events, classroom supplies, artist in residency programs and anything else that may fall outside of the school district’s budget. 


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  • Katy Savage

    Katy Savage is an award-winning reporter with more than 10 years of experience working in daily, weekly and digital news organizations as both an editor and reporter. Katy is a New England native and has a passion for telling stories about where she grew up.

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