A Thanksgiving Tradition For Father-Son Duo

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 26, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC

Johan and Jordan Turner have made it a tradition to run together on Thanksgiving. Photo: Rome News-Tribune

Before turkey, it was 13.1 miles for father and son in Atlanta yesterday.

While the majority of American families sat down to eat turkey and stuffing, the father-son duo of John and Jordan Turner were somewhere else: pounding the streets of Atlanta, Georgia. The two have made it a ritual to run the Atlanta Half Marathon together every Thanksgiving Day.

“That’s kind of a tradition we’ve had for years now,” Jordan says. His father, John, had started the family running as a way to get fit and fend off heart disease. Jordan eventually began to join his father in the runs and eventually competed at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia.

“We used to train together, but the times started to separate,” recalls Jordan, who is a 1:15 half marathoner and recently ran 2:42 at the ING New York City Marathon. “It’s a great way for us to spend time together. And we earn our turkey, I guess you could say.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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