11 Turkey Trots to get your belly ready for a feast

Though we hate to admit it, ’tis the season for excessive eating. Feel a little less guilty about your impending indulgence by participating in these area races.

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Photo courtesy of Potomac River Running

Marine Corps Marathon Gobble Up Turkey Trot
Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m.
Runners 8 and up can participate in either a 10K race for $40 or a mile-long race for $15. Upon completion, attendees can check out frozen turkeys and pumpkin pies courtesy of Wegmans as well as a petting zoo. // Marine Corps Base Quantico: 3250 Catlin Ave., Quantico

Freeze Your Gizzard
Nov. 18, 9 a.m.
Potomac River Running will be using the same time tracking device seen by some of the nation’s best races at this event, which features both a 5K ($25 before Wednesday, $30 for on-site registration) and a one-mile fun run ($10 before Wednesday, $15 for on-site registration). // Ida Lee Park: 60 Ida Lee Drive NW, Leesburg

Turkey Trot 5K Race
Nov. 18, 4 p.m.
You can run or walk at this Herndon Centennial Golf Course 5K, where there will also be entertainment and door prizes. The male and female overall winners will be presented with a turkey, trimmings included. Youths 18 and under can register for $20, while adults must pay either $30 ahead of time or $35 the day of. // Herndon Centennial Golf Course: 909 Ferndale Ave., Herndon

29th Annual Virginia Run Turkey Trot
Nov. 23, 8 a.m.
Since it’s 1989 founding, this race has raised over $1 million for Inova’s Life with Cancer, a program that provides current patients, survivors and families with a variety of coping programs/services. This year, attendees can register individually or with a team for the timed 5K race or 2K walk. Prior to the day-of, 5K registration costs $30 while the 2K costs $10, and the day-of prices jump to $35 and $15, respectively. // Virginia Run Neighborhood: Pleasant Valley Road

Arlington Turkey Trot
Nov. 23, 8 a.m.
Now in it’s 12th year, this event has raised over $460,000 for residents in need. Last year’s event hosted 4,000 runners, raising $100,000. Registration for adults costs $45, $25 for children ages 6-17, and those under 6 are free. // Christ Church of Arlington: 3020 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington

Ashburn Farm 10K/5K/2K
Nov. 23, 8:15 a.m.
The proceeds of this race benefit children in Uganda, supporting them through primary, secondary and vocational schools. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and top three female competitors, and each age group’s male and female winners will receive medals. Those interested can either register as an individual or compete with a team, the top three overall teams also receiving medals. Registration costs $30 until 3 p.m. on Nov. 19, after which point it costs $35. // Crossroads United Methodist Church: 43454 Crossroads Drive, Ashburn

Alexandria Turkey Trot
Nov. 23, 9 a.m.
$2,000 will be split between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as between best overall male, best overall female and the 1st place male and female masters. Other prices will be awarded to each age group’s top three runners, plus there will be a $200 prize for those that make a new course record. Food donations for ALIVE!, a nonprofit seeking to lend a helping hand to the Alexandria’s less fortunate, will be collected. // George Washington Middle School: 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Fairfax Turkey Trot
Nov. 23, 9 a.m.
This race, which will provide post-event refreshments and snacks that include bananas and granola bars, wraps itself through Old Town Fairfax and the George Mason University. Proceeds will go toward the City of Fairfax Fire Department Benevolent Fund. // 4801 University Drive, Fairfax 

2017 Fairfax Turkey Trot 4 Miler
Nov. 23, 9 a.m.
This stroller-friendly four mile walk/run will welcome the local Raccoon Runners chapter and donate funds to Britepaths, an organization providing Fairfax residents with short-term services aimed at helping them get back on their feet and eventually acquire a secure, stable lifestyle. Children under 7 are free while all other registrants must pay either $30 in advance of $35 the day-of. // Mantua Swimming Pool: 9330 Pentland Place, Fairfax

Turkey Trot for Parkinson’s Gobble Wobble
Nov. 23, 9 a.m.
Originally organized in 2015 to raise money and awareness for Parkison’s, this event will once again benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Runners will receive a T-shirt, “swag” bag, post-race refreshments and potentially win prizes at a giveaway. // South County High School: 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton

Gingerbread Man Mile for Kids
Nov. 24, 8 a.m.
Fit for kids 14 and under, this race only costs $10 and will span one mile around the Reston Town Center. Other holiday festivities including the Reston Town Center Holiday Parade, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, train rides, a tree lighting ceremony and more will take place after the race. // Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St., Reston