Thanksgiving Races for the Family

Life Time Fitness

(KUTV) Salt Lake City - Many families enjoy getting out and active during the Thanksgiving holiday, but if you want to try something different than playing flag football in the backyard, Jenn Diederich with Life Time Fitness suggests signing up for a race.

Jenn writes, "It’s November and your family just might be looking for something healthy to do together. I’ve got a few suggestions for you. There are multiple running races out there in the month of November and many of them give to charity. This is a wonderful way for you and your family to give, as well as get fit together!

First, pick a running distance that is right for you. There are many 5k’s (3.1 miles) and a few half marathons (13.1 miles) around the valley from today through Thanksgiving Day. You don’t even have to run fast. I think that running with your kids as a team would be a fantastic way to celebrate this holiday season. Most of these races include a childrens race too. Check the website for specifics.

What to consider when running one of these races is the weather that day. Since we live in Utah, it could be 70 degrees or 30. LAYER!

Here’s a few tips on what to wear for the weather:


It's a little cooler now, so it's time to start experimenting. Do your running shorts need a break? Opt for capris with ventilation panels and pair them with a short-sleeve t-shirt. The focus should still be to avoid overheating, while managing the accumulation of moisture on the body.


Ah, near perfect running conditions. When it's in the 50s, a comfortable body temperature doesn't take much maintenance. A light, long-sleeve tech shirt with shorts or capris should work fine. You don't need multiple layers yet, but keep an eye on precipitation reports and have waterproof clothes at the ready.


It's time to start layering, but don't go too crazy. A simple running tank under a long-sleeve shirt will maintain your core body temperature. When adding extra layers, make sure you still have full range of motion. A light running jacket is also another great choice. For bottoms, your normal running capris should still do the trick here.


It's time to start taking your base layers seriously. Make sure they are non-cotton so that they wick sweat off your body—extremely important in colder temperatures when body moisture can lead to hypothermia. Also, start thinking about extremities. Try a fleece headband over your ears and fingerless running gloves for your hands. If it's below freezing, consider lined leggings and a long-sleeve shirt paired with a running vest. Aim for two layers on top.


It's officially cold, so you will have to step the layering up. Invest in an insulated running jacket and layer it over a long-sleeve shirt. If you're feeling extra chilly, feel free to increase it to three layers, starting with a compression tank as your base. Remember to always check wind chill or "feels like" temperatures so you have a better idea of what to expect when you’re actually out on the road.


It's well below freezing, so it should now be your priority to minimize skin exposure. Trade out those fingerless gloves for lined and wind-resistant running gloves, wrap a scarf around your neck and wear a running cap instead of just a headband. Definitely stick with three layers on top—a base layer, a long sleeve and a heavy running jacket—and choose thick, fleece-lined leggings.

Here are a few races to consider (this is not an all-inclusive list):

  • November 11: Holiday Heroes 5k. This one is put on by the city of Riverton and sponsored by Unified Police Department. You are asked to donate non-persihable food the day of the race or monetarily at Peterson’s Fresh Market on Redwood Rd and 12600 South.
  • November 11: Spectrum Academy Turkey Trot 5k. This one takes place in North Salt Lake. This race raises money for autism.
  • November 11: Utah Santa Run 5k. This race is in Provo City and all participants are given a Santa costume to wear for the race.
  • November 18: Smithfield Holiday Turkey Trot 10k, 5k. A family oriented race in the City of Smithfield
  • November 18: Turkey Trot 5k. This race is put on by the City of St. George and benefits Switchpoint Community Resource Center.
  • THANKSGIVING DAY: Utah Human Race 5k/10k. EVERY DOLLAR AND EVERY REGISTRATION FEE goes to the Utah Food Bank and is held in Draper at the Draper Spectrum.
  • THANKSGIVING DAY: Cold Turkey Run 6k. This one starts at the State Capitol and ends in Memory Grove.
  • THANKSGIVING DAY: Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving Day 5k. This one is put on by the City of Cottonwood Heights
  • THANKSGIVING DAY: Earn Your Turkey Run 4Mile run 2Mile walk. This one is put on by Orem City.
  • THANKSGIVING DAY: Pilgrim 5k. This one is in Lehi and at Thanksgiving Point. This one promotes wearing your Pilgrim outfits.
  • THANKSGIVING DAY: Thankful 13 Half Marathon and 5k. I have done this one in the past. It was cold that year!!! It is also in Lehi and goes along the Jordan River. It benefits the Now I Can Foundation.
  • THANKSGIVING DAY: The Gobbler 10k/5k. This one is in St. George. It benefits the Dove Center which helps out victims of Domestic Violence
  • THANKSGIVING DAY: Toquerville Trails Turkey Trot 5k/1.8Mile TRAIL RUN. A trail run done at Toquerville City Park
  • THANKSGIVING DAY: Turkey Leg 5K. Farmington City is the host. They will be collecting food for the local food bank that day."

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