Over 33 Adirondack (and Beyond) Turkey Trots, Ugly Sweater,, and Jingle Bell Runs

Run off that turkey!  

Getting out of bed and running a 5K (or more) may not be everyone’s idea of a Thanksgiving celebration, but Turkey Trots, Ugly Sweater, Reindeer or Jingle Bell road races are a popular, fun way to spend time with family.

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 support local charities and cheer on other participants.

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

November 22
•Bitters and Bones Saranac Lake 5K Turkey Trot
Start: 8:30 am at Bitters and Bones 
Cost: $20/adults, $10/children, $5/SLCS students, $5/strollers, leashed dogs/$5
Discounts: none
Check-in: 7:30 -8:30 am at Bitters and Bones.
Benefits: Interfaith Food Pantry and SL Student Needs Fund
Prizes:  9:30 am silent auction, lots of raffles, bake sale, and fun plus an event tee for every participant

• Lake Placid Adirondack Health Turkey Trot, Olympic Oval, Lake Placid
Start: 8:30 am
Cost: Preregister by November 20 online for $25, $75/group of four;  $30/day of event,$100/group of four,  Free/children (12 and under)
Check-in: Nov 21 from 4-6 pm or Nov 22 (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
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Prizes: First, Second, Third overall male and female finishers. Bragging rights for anyone finishing ahead of the mystery turkey runner (outfitted in feathers)

• 5th Annual Tupper Lake Erin Dewyea Turkey Trot, Tupper Lake Train Station, Tupper Lake
Start: 9 am 
Pre-Registration: ends November 21 at 6 pm EST
Cost: Day of event: 5K: $35/adult, Free/children
10K: $50/day of event, Free/children
Check-in: Nov 22, 6:30 - 7:45 am
Cash Prizes
Benefits:  Funds for the Erin Dewyea Memorial Scholarship for a Tupper Lake senior pursing a career in education 

• 7th 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

Start:  10 am
Mail in Registration: deadline November 14
Cost:$15 advanced, $20 after Nov 14
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 1 mile Fun Run) 9 am Turkey Trot
Cost: $20/advanced 5K, $20/advanced 10K, $12/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
Event Day Registration: Only between 7:30-8:15 am
Check-in: 4-7 pm Wednesday, at Peru Elementary School Cafeteria, 7:30 -8:15 am on race day

• 70th 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: Opens 10/21: $25, 10/22-11/17: 10k/$30, 5K/$30, Grade School Mile:/$12, Turkey Walk/$12
Online registration is closed Monday before the race at 11:50 pm ET
Last chance: 10K/$35, 5K/$35, Grade School Mile/ $15, Turkey Walk/$15 
Check-in: Wed, Nov 21, 11 am – 6 m at the Troy Atrium or Thursday, Nov 22 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

• Annual Christopher Dailey 5K Turkey Trot, Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga, 
Start:  8:30 am
Cost: On or Before November 12 = $24, November 13-22 = $27 
Online registration closes Nov 20 at noon (Tuesday) last day to register is November 22 at the Saratoga Hilton from 4-8 pm. No Race Day registration
Check-in: Nov 21 from  4-8 pm at the Saratoga Hilton or  November 22 from 6-8 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) 
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 (9/10), Free/Kids 5 and under, $30/day of race
Check-in: 5-8 pm  November 21 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 free shirt, FREE/adults (no shirt), $10/adult for tee shirt
* Online Registration is closed 
Early Check-in: 10 am  – 7 pm on Nov 20 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 Duck Pond Kids' Fun Run
Cost:$35/5K run (no strollers or dogs) No 5K registration on race day. Free/Wellness Walk and Fun Run
Check-in: for runners only: Nov 20 noon – 4pm at McClellan St Health Center, Wed, Nov 21, 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

• Watertown Family YMCA Turkey Day Run, YMCA, Watertown, NY
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 20 from 8 am – 7 pm, Nov 21 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

Saturday, November 24
• Run Off That Turkey Trot 5K, Voorheesville High School, 432 New Salem Road, Voorheesville, NY.
Start: 9 am Run/Walk, 2-mile Community Walk 
Cost: $20/adult, $20/senior 70+
Check-in: High School race day
 Benefits:Helderberg Running Club Junior Olympic Team
Please bring an unexpired dry good item(paper or food) for the Food Pantry
Prizes: running gloves to all that pre-register, group age awards, door prizes

Saturday, November 24
Santa Sprint, Rouses Point, NY
Start: 9 am
Cost: $20 (early registration ends at 7 pm November 21, $25/after Nov 21. Bring a toy to the Christmas Bureau and receive a free gift. 
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

Saturday, November 24
Rogers Rangers Ramble Run, Ticonderoga 
Start: 10:30 am
Cost: free for La Chute club members and $10 for non-members
Check in: Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga, NY (near the lower falls and 1880 Building)

November 25
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 1
• Jingle Bell Run/Walk for ArthritisShenendehowa 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

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Ticonderoga: over 58 easy hikes, swimming holes
four-season activities and more
Frozen 5K Series (Register for all 4 events for $40)
December 1
• Ugly Sweater Run 5K , US Oval, Plattsburgh 
Start:  9 am
Cost: $15 (Frozen 5K Series (Register for all four events for $53)
Check-in: 8 am race day
Benefits: North County Food Shelf

December 2
• Reindeer Run 5K, SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury
Cost: Online registration ends Dec 2 at 2 pm. $22/pre-registration, Adirondack Runner members $18, $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

December 8
BluSeed Studios Ugly Sweater Fun Run/Walk for FREE Spring Break Art Classes
Start: 9 am , stole's welcome, leashed dogs $5
Cost: $20/adults (includes artisan commemorative tile) $5/students and leashed dogs, FREE/strollers
Benefits: Supports all students during spring break to provide free art instruction for all ages as well as any additional funds will fund free after school workshops.
Check-in: BluSeed Studios, Cedar St, Saranac Lake
Prizes: Top 3 in mens and ladies categories as well as ugliest sweater. Artisan prizes and raffles

December 8
• ARE’s Dippikill Wilderness Adventure Race, 656 Dippikill Rd, Warrensburg
Start:  10:15 am, Dippikill Wilderness Retreat for 4-8 mile obstacle race
Cost:$20 before December, $25 in December and on race day
Check-in: 9 am race day
Benefits: Other races

Prizes: everyone that finishes is a winner!
December 8
• Lake Placid Jingle Bell Run 2.5-mile Run/Walk, Mirror Lake Lake Placid
Start:  8:30 am, strollers welcome, no dogs
Cost:$15/online before Dec 6, $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
Prizes: Win $100 for the individual and $100 for the family that comes dressed in their most festive holiday attire!  

December 8
 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 7 from 11 am – 6 pm Albany City Hall, Dec 8 (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 October 31 or $30 until December 23, $35 until December 30 (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 6, 13, 20, 27
Cost: free to members, $20/race
Benefit: Getting outside every weekend in January 

January 12
•Frozen 5K Series : Snowman Scramble, Peter Blumette Park, Plattsburgh
Start: 9 am 
Cost: $20 (Frozen 5K Series (Register for all 4 events for $53)
Check-in: 8 am race day
Benefits: the SPCA

February 2
• Polar Cap Run: Lake George NY
Start: 10 am 
Where: Sacred Hearth Parish
Cost: $22 (advanced) $25 onsite

February 10
• Frozen 5K Series : Frostbite 5K, Rouses Point Fire Station
Start: noon
Cost: $20 Frozen 5K Series (Register for all four events for $53)
Check-in: 11 am race day
Benefits: the soup kitchen and Rouses Point Fire Dept.

March 17
Frozen 5K Series : Shamrock Shuffle 5 K
Start: 9 am
Cost: $20 Frozen 5K Series (Register for all four events for $53)
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.