Virtual Turkey Trots in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Run off your Thanksgiving meal at one of these three local Turkey Trots, which have gone virtual for 2020.

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A recent survey by Butterball — yup, the No. 1 turkey in the USA — found that nearly one-third of people surveyed plan to host only immediate family around the Thanksgiving table this year. Thanks, coronavirus.

But one of the unforeseen benefits of COVID-19? Eighteen percent of people surveyed said they’ve learned to cook better while at home so they feel more confident cooking the big meal (still, the Turkey Talk-Line has your back if things go a little south at 1-800-butterball).

Before you dig in, check out these fun virtual Turkey Trot runs/walks to make more room for all that stuffing.

18th Annual Virtual Canton Turkey Trot

Taking place Nov. 19-26, this 5K trot/walk (there’s also a 1-mile run/walk, btw), benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Participants get a T-shirt and souvenir race bib to wear during their own trot at home.

Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot

Though COVID has forced this 35-year family tradition to go virtual doesn’t mean it has to be any less fun. It offers the annual 10K Turkey Trot, the Mashed Potato Mile (great for families, kids and first-time runners!) and 5K Stuffing Strut. Participants get a tech shirt and cool medal. Organizers are hoping to make it the largest virtual race in the state. Race registration ends Nov. 26.

The Original Kroger A2 Turkey Trot: The Virtual Iron Turkey!

Get ready for a challenge with five races to choose from. The Classic Iron Turkey involves running a 5K and 10K Nov. 18-26 or back to back on Thanksgiving day; the Bread and Butter Iron Turkey involves running a mile a day beginning Nov. 18 and finishing Nov. 26 with a 1.3 mile run, totaling 9.3 miles; the Cornucopia Iron Turkey has you running a mile on Nov. 18 and adding a mile each day until T-day when you run 9.3 miles; the Tin Foil Iron Turkey involves running 1 mile and a 5K anytime between Nov. 18-26. Best of all, aside from busting calories and the cool swag, this race put turkeys on the tables of those in need through nonprofit Food Gatherers.

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