Thanksgiving morning races are the best tradition, not because they allow you to consume all the turkey and mashed potatoes without worrying about calories, but because they work up your appetite enough to be able to consume as much turkey and mashed potatoes as possible. This day is about extremes, people! (Hopefully, after you’re done gorging yourself at your grandma’s house, you can make it to the gates of Best Buy to satiate your inner capitalist beast on a feast of sales, as well).
Thanksgiving Day Run | Iroquois Park | 1080 Amphitheater Road
iroquoishillrunners.org | $35-$40 | 9 a.m.
A five-mile or 1.25-mile run in the hills of Iroquois Park. Prizes go to the oldest runner, the first runner with a stroller and the top three finishers overall, as well as in your age/gender group.
Louisville Hungry Turkey 5K | Louisville Waterfront Park Great Lawn
231 Witherspoon St. | kentuckyruns.com | $36.99-$60 | 9 a.m.
A 5K through Waterfront Park with Hi-Five donuts waiting for you at the end.
31st Annual Fast Freddies Festive Five-Mile Foot Feast | Floyd County 4-H Fairground 2818 Green Valley Road, New Albany | fredrun.com | $40 | 9 a.m.
A moderate, five-mile run or 2.75-mile walk on New Albany roads and through Sam Peden Community Park. — Danielle Grady