27 Adirondack (and Beyond) Turkey Trot 5K and Jingle Bell Runs

Four NEW 5K/10K ADDED for  2015-2016 for over 30 events! 
Getting out of bed and running a 5K (or more) may not be everyone’s idea of a Thanksgiving celebration, but Turkey Trots, Reindeer or Jingle Bell road races are a popular, fun way to spend time with family.

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Around the Adirondacks and beyond there are many various road races and raising funds and awareness for wonderful causes. Even if you don’t want to get up on Thanksgiving Day and run 3.1 miles, you can still donate, dress-up in some crazy holiday garb to cheer and support other participants.

Some of these events also are used to raise awareness for healthy living as well much needed funds for specific charities! 

November 26
Lake Placid Turkey Trot, Olympic Oval, Lake Placid
Start: 8:30 am
Cost: Preregister by November 24 online for $25, $30/day of event, Free/12 and under
Check-in: Nov 25 from 4-6 pm or Nov 26 (race day) 6:30 – 8 am
Discounts: Bring 3 nonperishable food items on race day and receive a $5 discount
Benefits:Adirondack Health Fit for Life and Local Food Panties
Prizes: First, Second, Third overall male and female finishers. Fun prize for anyone finishing ahead of the mystery turkey runner (outfitted in feathers)

Tupper Lake Erin Dewyea Turkey Trot, Tupper Lake Train Station, Tupper Lake
Start: 8 am 
5K: $35/day of event, Free/children
10K: $50/day of event, Free/children
Check-in: Nov 25, 4-7 pm, Nov 26 6:30 - 7:45 am
Benefits:  Funds for the Erin Dewyea Memorial Scholarship for a Tupper Lake senior pursing a career in education 

Bitters and Bones Saranac Lake 5K Turkey Trot
Start: 8:30 am at Bitters and Bones 
Cost: $20/adults, $10/children, leashed dogs/$2
Discounts: none
Check-in: 7:30 -8:30 am at Bitters and Bones
Benefits: Interfaith Food Pantry
Prizes: lots of raffles, bake sale and fun plus an event tee for every participant

Start:  10 am
Cost:$15 advanced, $20 after Nov 20
Check-in: Arsenal Green Park, Malone
Benefits: provides grants for businesses providing for children’s activities

John P. Adams Memorial Turkey Trot, Peru NY
Start: 8:45 I1 mile Fun Run) 9 am Turkey Trot
Cost: $20/advanced 5K, $20/sdvanced 10K, $7.50/one mile Fun Run. (Online registration closes at 8:45 am on race day) Cost after 7 pm Wednesday increased to $25 for 5K and 10K
Check-in: 4-7 pm Wednesday, at Peru Elementary School Cafeteria, 7:30 -8:15 am on race day

67th annual Troy Turkey Trot, City of Troy
* no headphones, strollers or dogs
Start: 8 am - 10K, 9:30 am - Grade School Mile,9:35 am - 1 mile Turkey Walk, 10 am - Open 5K  
Cost: Before 11/21: 10k/$30, 5K/$25, Grade School Mile:/$10, Turkey Walk/$10
Online registration closes Monday, November 23 at 11:50 pm ET
Last chance 11/22,23/25: 10K/$35, 5K/$35, Grade School Mile/ $15, Turkey Walk/$10 
Check-in: Wed, Nov 25, 11 am – 6 m at the Troy Atrium or Nov 26 at 6:30 am 
No 5K or 10K registration accepted on race day
Benefits: Regional Food Bank, Joseph’s House and Shelter
Prizes: Costume contest for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes

13th annual Christopher Dailey 5K Turkey Trot, Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga, 
Start:  8:30 am
Cost: $25/Online registration closes Nov 24 (Tuesday) last day to register is November 25 at the Saratoga Hilton from 4-8 pm. No Race Day registration
Check-in: Nov 25 from  4-8 pm at the Saratoga Hilton or  November 26 from 6:30-8 am 
Benefits: provides funds for area youth programs through its foundation

Start: 8 am 5K, 9 am Kids Fun Run
Cost: $25/ early Nov 25, $30/day of race, $1/Kids Run (collected at start) 
Bethlehem Turkey Trot
Check-in: 7:45 am
Benefits: St. George’s School

Bethlehem Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, Bethlehem Central Middle School, Delmar, NY
Start: 9 am
Cost: $25/Early Bird (November 1), Free/Kids 5 and under, $30/day of race
Check-in: 5-8 pm  November 25 at Bethlehem Middle School
Benefits: Bethlehem Food Pantry
Prizes: Best Costume, 1st overall male and female

Start:  8:30 am
Cost:$18/adults (advanced), $25/race day, 
$15/ 18 and under (advanced), $25/race day
Check-in: 7-8:15 am race day at the Glens Falls Civic Center Main Lobby
Benefits: ALS Northern New York Chapter
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall male and female as well as 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each age group

Cohoes Turkey Trot, City Hall, Cohoes
Start:  8:30 am Kids Race (ages 4-13), 9:30 am 5K Run/Walk
Cost: FREE/ 18 and under (with nonperishable food item)includes a shirt, FREE/adults (no shirt), $12/adult for tee shirt
* Must register before November 15 to receive a tee shirt - No race day registration 
Check-in: 10 am  – 7 pm on Nov 24 at the Cohoes Visitors Center
Benefits: food pantry

Ellis Hospital Cardiac Classic 5K, Central Park Schenectady, NY
Start:  8 am: 2 mile Wellness Walk, 9 am: 5K Run, 10 am Kids' Fun Run
Cost:$25/5K run (no strollers or dogs) No 5K registration on race day. Free/Wellness Walk and Fun Run
Check-in: for runners only: Sunday, Nov 222 noon – 4pm at McClellan St Health Center, Wed, Nov 25, 2-5:30 pm at the Casino in Central Park, 8 am day of race for runners
Benefits: Ellis Medical Wright Heart Center
Prizes : trophies for overall men and women winners, medals for top three finishers in age categories

Start:  9 am
Cost: 5K: (include shirt) YMCA members/$25, nonmembers/$27, 2.2-mile: include shirt) $20/members, $25/nonmembers; no shirt/no chip: $7
Check-in: Nov 24 from 8 am – 7 pm, Nov 25 from 8 am – 3 pm at YMCA Fairground, Race day registration 7-8:30 am at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Benefits: YMCA programs

Start:  9 am
Cost :$5
Check-in: 8:15 – 8:30 am Ithaca High School Activities Room. Predict how long it will take to run the house (about 5.5-miles, shortcuts allowed)
Benefits: Ithaca’s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry (no longer collecting cans of food)
Prizes: winners closest to their predicted times win a pie

November 27
4th Annual Walk Off Your Turkey Trot, Jay Covered Bridge, Jay NY
Start: 9 am
Cost: Non perishable donation to the local food pantry
Check-in: No registation or check in. Just show up
Benefits; Local food pantry
November 28
Run Off That Turkey Trot 5K, Altamont Elementary School, Altamount
Start: 10 am Run/Walk
Cost: $18/adult, $15/senior 70+
Prizes: running gloves to all that pre-register, group age awards, door prizes

Santa Sprint, Rouses Point, NY
Start: 9 am
Cost: $20 (early registration ends at 7 pm November 27, $25/after Nov 27
Check-in: 7:30 - 8:30 am race day
Benefits: bring in an unwrapped new toy for a special prize, North Country Honor Flight
Prizes: top female and male runners and walkers, Santa attire encouraged

November 29
Old Forge Reindeer Fun Run, Goodsell Museum Old Forge
Start: 1:30 pm
Cost: FREE (part of Christmas on Main) Antlers provided
Check-in: none
Benefits: have fun!
Prizes: ½ price matinee movie ticket and free popcorn if antlers are worn at The Strand for the holiday movie that same day

December 5
ARE’s Dippikill Wilderness Adventure Race, 656 Dippikill Rd, Warrensburg
Start:  10 am, Dippikill Wilderness Retreat for 4-8 mile obstacle race
Cost:$15 before Dec 2, $20 after Dec 2 and on race day
Check-in: 9 am race day
Benefits: Other races
Prizes: everyone that finishes is a winner!

Reindeer Run 5K, SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury
Cost: Online registration ends Dec 5 at 2 pm. $23/pre-registration, Adirondack Runner members $20, $5 One mile Fun Run (children 12 and under), 5K $25/day of event,
Check-in: 7:45 – 8:30 am SUNY Adirondack Student Center
Benefits: Cindy’s Comfort Camp, a free weekend sleep-away camp for children 6-17 who have experienced the death of a parent or close relative and Adirondack Runners
Prizes : All children finishing receive a medal

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, Half-moon
Start: 9:30 am Kids' Reindeer Run
10 am run/walk – wear your reindeer antlers
Cost: 5K:$30/advance, $35 day of race, 5K youth: $20 advanced Kids Run (3-12) or $25/day of race, Snowman Shuffle (1 mile untimed) Advanced= $25, $30/day of race, Reindeer Run (12 and under) not timed $15
Check-in: 8:30 registration
Benefits: juvenile arthritis
Prizes: Costume

December 6 (Not confirmed)
Let it Snow 5K Run Walk, Point Park, Old Forge
Start: 9 am  
Cost:$20 before Nov 22, $25 after Nov 22 and on race day
Check-in: Dec 6 from 5 -8 pm at Water’s Edge Inn or Dec 6: 8-8:30 am at Old Forge Fire Hall
Benefits: MAC Safe Ride
Prizes: top overall male and female as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in 8-8:30 am
each age category

Frozen 5K Series (Register for all 4 events for $43)
December 12
Ugly Sweater Run 5K , US Oval, Plattsburgh
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Start:  9 am
Cost: $15 (Frozen 5K Series (Register for all four events for $43)
Check-in: 8 am race day
Benefits: North County Food Shelf

December 13

Start:  8:30 am, strollers welcome, no dogs
Cost:$15/online before Dec 11, $20/race day, FREE/children 12 and under
Check-in: 7-8 am at Mirror Lake Public Beach House
Benefits: Participants are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to benefit the North Elba Christmas Fund

December 19
Albany Last Run 5K, Albany, NY
Start:  5pm (runs through the Capital Holiday Lights of Washington Park and fireworks)
Cost: preregistration is sold out at 1,700 runners
Check-in: Dec 18 from 11 am – 6 pm Albany City Hall, Dec 19 (race day) 2-4:40 pm at Northern Concourse of Empire State Plaza
Benefits: St Peter's Cardiac and Vascular Center

Prizes: top overall male and female as well as top three finishers in each age category

December 31
1st Night Saratoga 5K Skidmore College Athletic Complex, Saratoga Springs
Start:  5:30 pm
Cost: $25 before Nov 1 or $30 after Nov 1 (must preregister) Limited to the first 1,700 people, (buy a 1st Night Button at the same time and get $5 off)
Check-in:3:30 – 5 pm Skidmore College Athletic Complex
Benefits:1st Night Saratoga
Prizes: top three male and female finishers as well as top three in each age group, all finishers receive a commemorative 1st Night medal.

January 1
Big A's 5K
Start:10 am  Walkers are welcome with a 10:05 am start, Kids Fun Run at 11 am (medals for all kids under 11)
Cost: $20 pre-registration, $15/students, $25 race day
Check in: 7:30 -9:45 am at Queensbury Middle School
Benefits: The Jeff Aurelia Scholarship fund
Prizes: Custom tees for first 100 entrants

January 9
Frozen 5K Series : Snowman Scramble, Peter Blumette Park, Plattsburgh
Start: 9 am 
Cost: $15 (Frozen 5K Series (Register for all 4 events for $43)
Check-in: 8 am race day
Benefits: the SPCA

February 6
Frozen 5K Series : Frostbite 5K, Rouses Point Fire Station
Start: noon
Cost: $15 Frozen 5K Series (Register for all four events for $43)
Check-in: 11 am race day
Benefits: the soup kitchen and Rouses Point Fire Dept.

March 12
Frozen 5K Series : Shamrock Shuffle 5 K
Start: 9 am
Cost: $15 Frozen 5K Series (Register for all four events for $43)
Check-in: 8 am  race day


© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.