Maryland Turkey Trots and Holiday Fun Runs

Even with chilly weather approaching, there's no need to stay cooped up inside. Sign up for a turkey trot or holiday fun run (or walk) in Maryland.

Bond with your kids, other family and friends while burning off a few calories from Halloween candy and holiday family dinners.

The following is a compilation of some of the many 5K races, fun runs and 1-mile walks happening during the 2018 fall and early winter holiday season.

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KidsPeace Trick or Trot
Oct. 27, 2018, 8 a.m.
5k run and 1-mile walk, Baltimore
What's better than a race through the Inner Harbor that begins and ends at Oriole Park with the Oriole Bird? Participants are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes or as their favorite Oriole player. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes as well as top runners.
Cost: $40-$45 for 5k run, $40-$45 for 1 mile walk. Benefits KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore.

Ripley Race
Nov. 11, 2018; 8 a.m.
5K run and 1-mile fun run, Annapolis
Run past the governor's mansion, the Naval Academy, city dock and the Maryland State House while racing through Annapolis. The race starts and ends at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with post-event party at Fado Irish Pub.
Cost: $30-$45 for 5k, $15-$20 for 1 mile fun run; discounts for military. Benefits veterans returning from war.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis.

Stride for SPAN Turkey Trot 5k Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk
Nov. 11, 2018; 9 a.m., Millersville
Runners complete a hilly loop around Kinder Farm Park.
Cost: $20-$40 for 5k and 1-mile fun walk. Benefits Serving People Across Neighborhoods (SPAN).
Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. spanhelps.org/events

Lights on the Bay 5k and Fun Run
Nov. 16, 2018; 6:15 p.m., Annapolis
Run a 5k through Anne Arundel Medical Center's holiday show, Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park. Parking for 200 cars, number of participants unlimited. No strollers allowed.
Cost: $55 per car. Benefits AAMC.
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis.

Fort Meade Turkey Trot 5k and 1 Mile Walk
Nov. 17, 2018; 8 a.m., Fort Meade
Open to the public but check website for instructions on what's needed to be able to enter the base. Event starts at Murphy Field House. No pets.
Cost: Advance registration is $18 for an individual (5k/1 mile), $54 for a family of 3-6 people (5k), $96 for group of 7-10.
8451 Murphy Field House, Zimborski Avenue, Fort Meade.

Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey
Nov. 17, 2018; 6 p.m., Watkins Park, Upper Marlboro
Walk or run through the Winter Festival of Lights. Registration includes a long-sleeve T-shirt and provides a family in need with a holiday turkey. Registration required. $30. mncppc.org

Cold Turkey 10K

Nov. 18, 2018; 8 a.m.
A 10K race with all runners and levels welcome. Age group awards and frozen turkeys presented to some of the fastest runners. $35.
Arundel Middle School, Odenton. aacps.org

Columbia Turkey Chase 10K and Relay

10K run, 2-person relay and fun run
Nov. 18, 2018; 8 a.m., Columbia
Kid's fun run is .4 miles for ages 4-10.
Cost: Individual is $45 through Oct 31, $55 Nov. 1-15, $65 race day; 2-person relay team is $65 through Oct. 31, $75 Nov 1-15, $85 race day; kids fun run is $5 through race day.
8850 Stanford Blvd., Columbia.

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Thanksgiving week Turkey Trots

Start off your Thanksgiving holiday week with a fun family run. Several benefit Maryland nonprofit agencies, so it's a great way to celebrate giving and kick off the holiday season.

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Strut Your Stuffing 5k Turkey Trot
Nov. 22, 2018; 7 a.m., Prince Frederick
A 5k run/walk where costumes are encouraged (think turkeys, Pilgrims, Native American Indians, pumpkins).
Cost: $25-$30 per person. Benefits Project ECHO, which helps the homeless. Arc of Southern Maryland Inc. Community Resource Center, 355 W. Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. projectecho.net/turkey-trot

Y Turkey Trot Charity 5k
Nov. 22, 2018; 8:30 a.m., Arnold, Baltimore City, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Perry Hall, Towson, and Westminster 
Cost: $35. Benefits Y of Central Maryland.
Various locations: please check website for detailed race information.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
Nov. 22, 2018; 9 a.m., Annapolis
The run through downtown Annapolis also has a prize for the best turkey costume. Strollers, kids and dogs are welcome.
Cost: $20-$35, depending on whether a T-shirt is included; free for ages 12 and younger without a T-shirt. Benefits Girls on the Run Greater Chesapeake.
Parking lot at 318 6th Street, Eastport (original Fleet Feet Annapolis location).

YMCA Camp Letts Turkey Chase 5k and 10k
Nov. 22, 2018; 9 a.m., Edgewater
The course is an out-and-back route on the dirt and gravel driveway. Strollers are welcome, though pets are not allowed. The 10K starts at 9 a.m. and 5k at 9:05 a.m.
Cost: $25-$40. Benefits Caring for Community scholarships for children who cannot afford to go to camp.
YMCA Camp Letts, 4003 Camp Letts Rd., Edgewater.

Jug Bay Post Turkey Trail 5k
Nov. 24, 2018; 9:30 a.m., Lothian
Enjoy the scenic trails of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian. The trail is all off road with some single track areas.
Cost: $25 for adults (ages 18 and older), $20 for youth younger than 18. Benefits Recreation Deeds for Special Needs.
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 5702 Plummer Lane, Lothian.

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December Holiday Fun Runs and 5k Races

Don jingle bells, an ugly sweater or a Santa hat and celebrate the holiday spirit in December with a holiday fun run — including a Chanukah celebration with hot chocolate. Check out these options that offer fun for families with many also benefitting a good cause in the community.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k
Dec. 1, 2018; 9 a.m., Ellicott City, Solomons
Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis.
Cost: Check website for various location cost. Benefits the Arthritis Foundation.
Centennial Park, 10000 State Route 108, Ellicott City.
Holiday Inn, 155 Holiday Dr., Solomons.

Reindeer Run and Walk 5k
Dec. 1, 2018; 8 a.m., Edgewater
The course loops through Londontowne and then back to Edgewater Fitness. Post race refreshments and holiday fun. The event is stroller and pet friendly.
Cost: $15-$25. Benefits Toys for Tots.
Edgewater Fitness, 5 Mayo Road, Edgewater.
edgewaterfit.com; active.com/edgewater-md/running/distance-running-races/reindeer-5k-run-and-walk-2018

Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5k and 1-mile Fun Run
Dec. 2, 2018, 9 a.m., Owings Mills
Race through Owings Mills from JCC of Greater Baltimore. Enjoy hot chocolate, SWAG and an after party. Prizes include ones for best themed outfit. Cost: $15-$40. Proceeds benefit The JCC Maccabi Scholarship Fund and Hadassah's Check it Out: Breast and Testicular Cancer Education Program. No strollers allowed on race course.
JCC of Greater Baltimore, 3506 Gwynbrook Ave., Owings Mills

Anne Arundel Striders Best Buddies Jingle Bell Run
5K and 1 mile fun run
Cost: TBD. Benefits Best Buddies.
Piney Orchard Marketplace, 8741 Piney Orchard Pkwy., Odenton.

The Ugly Sweater Run (5k)
TBD, Baltimore and D.C.

National Ugly Sweater Run includes knit hat, finisher medal, complimentary Kathlua cocktails for ages 21+ plus fun activities such as marshmallow guns, mechanical reindeer rides, fake snow and a life-sized snow globe. Post-run contests in addition to Ugly Sweater contest.
Cost: TBD. Benefits One Warm Coat.
Baltimore: Rash Field, 201 Key Hwy.
Washington, D.C.: RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St.

Santa Speedo Run
TBD, Annapolis
Walk or run in a Speedo or bathing suit for ladies (preferred, not required) through downtown Annapolis, starting and ending at Blackwall Hitch. Holiday colors and seasonal flair welcome. Check in and libations, then strip down with run/stroll in the afternoon. Please bring children's toys and books to donate. Downtown Annapolis.

Ugly Sweater Fun Run
Dec. 20, 2018; time 6:30 p.m., Annapolis
Break out your best holiday get-up and join Fleet Feet Sports for a festive and fun Ugly Sweater Run. All ages and fitness levels are welcome to run. Warm up afterwards with hot chocolate, snacks and prizes. 
Cost: $25
Armadillo's, 132 Dock St, Annapolis.

Updated September 2018