Turkey Trot Participation Still Booming

Turkey Trots are a fixture in many cities and towns on and around Thanksgiving. Photo: Kimble Photography

Running USA has studied the data and it is confirmed—Americans love to run races on Thanksgiving.

In 2014, there were 786,730 Turkey Trot finishers at one of 1,032 races put on around the U.S. on Thanksgiving, according to Running USA statistics. While the participation numbers are down slightly—the all-time high is 2012 with 798,508 finishers—the number of races was at an all-time high in 2014 and runners continue to turn out in large numbers to get a race in before the big feast.

Running USA also released a list of the 10 largest Thanksgiving Day races in the U.S., and number one by a long shot is the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot in San Jose, Calif., with 21,697 finishers (well more than the Detroit Turkey Trot’s 17,126 finishers). California had three races in the top 10, the only state with more than one.

Here’s the complete list:

10 Largest Thanksgiving Day Races, 2014

21,697 – Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot (San Jose, Calif.)
17,126 – Detroit Turkey Trot (Detroit, Mich.)
13,282 – Cincinnati Thanksgiving Day Race (Cincinnati, Ohio)
12,279 – Delaware YMCA Buffalo Turkey Trot (Buffalo, N.Y.)
11,682 – Manchester Road Race (Manchester, Ct.)
9,476 – Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (Atlanta, Ga.)
8,086 – Oceanside Turkey Trot (Oceanside, Calif.)
7,975 – Mile High United Way’s Turkey Trot (Denver, Colo.)
7,794 – Dana Point Turkey Trot (Dana Point, Calif.)
7,789 – Festival Foods Turkey Trot (Green Bay, Wisc.)

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