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Where to find Thanksgiving 5K races, fun runs and yoga

Earn your dinner at a Turkey Trot, meet the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier or see a boxing match at the movies.
Andrew Bryant runs in the 5K race at the annual Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot in Clearwater in 2018. [Tampa Bay Times (2018)]
Andrew Bryant runs in the 5K race at the annual Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot in Clearwater in 2018. [Tampa Bay Times (2018)]
Published Nov. 20, 2019


Thanksgiving is coming, and there are a number of ways to sweat before you belly up to the big meal. These events are on Thanksgiving Day.

Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot: This family-friendly race began in 1978 as a 10K and has grown into one of the most popular holiday events in the area with more than 15,000 participants. The event now includes four races: the 10K Turkey Trot, the 5K Wingding, the 4K Drumstick and the 1-Mile Gobbler. Strollers are welcome in the 1-Mile Gobbler and the 4K. $18-$45. Times vary. Clearwater High School stadium, 540 S Hercules Ave.

More than 15,000 people are expected to run in the annual Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot in Clearwater next week. [Tampa Bay Times (2018)]

Thanksgiving Yoga: Enjoy a free one-hour yoga class on the beach. Bring a yoga mat or a towel. Free. 9 a.m. Caddy’s on the Beach, 9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 360-4993.

Goody Goody Turkey Gobble: Before you put the turkey in, head to this chip-timed 5K, 8K and 1-mile fun run with a postrace breakfast. Benefits LiveStrong at the YMCA. $15-$40. 7 a.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 224-9622.

Coffee Pot Turkey Trot: A family-friendly, timed 5K looping around St. Petersburg’s Coffee Pot Bayou. Now in its third year, the event is hosted by the North Shore Elementary PTA. $30-$35, $15 ages 6-11. 7:30 a.m. North Shore Elementary School, 200 35th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-2181.

Gobbler 5K and Fun Run: This fundraiser for First Christian Academy in New Port Richey is a chipped 5K race and a 1-mile fun run. Strollers and pets are allowed. Race bib, T-shirt, medal and trophies for registrants. $30-$40. 7:30 a.m. J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey.

And one the day before ...

Gobblin’ and Hobblin’ Turkey Trot: This 5K is open to all ages and skill levels. Free. Registration begins at 6 p.m., with the run at 6:30. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 495-6002.


Meet Kevin Kiermaier: Meet and get autographs from the Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday. International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 342-3790.

Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier will meet fans and sign autographs on Saturday at Tampa's International Plaza. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

Horns Up Rally: The University of South Florida Bulls play the Memphis Tigers on Saturday. But first, fans can get psyched up at a rally at St. Petersburg’s Park & Rec. There will be appearances from Rocky the Bull and the USF Spirit Squads, the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, DJ music, signature drinks, interactive games, a kids zone, photo zone, merchandise tents, promotional giveaways, hype videos and appearances by vice president of athletics Michael Kelly and other university luminaries. Free. 5 p.m. Friday. 100 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. (813) 974-4086.

Wilder vs. Ortiz II: You can head to the movie theater on Saturday and catch the world heavyweight boxing championship broadcast live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas. $20. 9 p.m. Regency 20 in Brandon and Citrus Park 20.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Bolts have three home games starting this weekend. They play the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, the Buffalo Sabres on Monday and the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. Ticket prices vary. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500. TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 970-AM.


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