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Turkey Trots & Snow Dashes

Race (or just stroll) for good causes to win prizes, bragging rights and justify your share of Thanksgiving stuffing and pies.

Friday November 16

Dashing Through the Snow 5K

See the SPCA’s Lights on the Bay displays up close running with the Annapolis Striders, with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies at the finish line. Choose from a Fun Run of 2.2 miles or stretch your legs for a full 3.1-mile route. Gates open 5pm, $55/carload or $15/person, rsvp: http://bit.ly/2Ppp5Dd.

Saturday November 17

Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey

Walk or run the 3.1 mile course and see the dazzling displays up close today only. Registration fee provides a family in need with a holiday turkey. 6-9pm, Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro, $30, rsvp: www.mncppc.org/3334/Trot-For-A-Turkey

Sunday November 18

Cold Turkey 10K

All runners welcome for the 20th year of this annual favorite, where some of the fastest runners win frozen turkeys. 8am, Arundel Middle School, Odenton, $40 w/discounts, rsvp: [email protected].

Wednesday November 21

AACC Turkey Trot-Run 5K

Run 5k or take a one-mile jaunt to support AACC’s fitness scholarship. Bring canned goods for charity. registration 10:30am, runs at noon. Siegert Field, AACC, Arnold, $25 5K; $20 one-mile w/discounts: www.aacc.edu/healthfitness/turkeytrot.cfm

Thursday November 22

Project Echo’s 7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

Run and walk to support the 24/7 transitional and emergency shelter in Prince Frederick. Registration 6am, trot 7am, The Arc of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick, $35 w/discounts: www.projectecho.net/turkey-trot/.

Camp Letts’ Annual Turkey Chase

Run to work up an appetite and help send kids to summer camp. registration 7:30am, 10K race 9am, 5K walk 10:15am. Camp Letts Rd., Edgewater, $35-$40: www.campletts.org.

Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K

Families run or walk with the Greater Annapolis Y thru the AACC campus. Dogs, kids and strollers welcome. Registration 7:30am, race 8:30am, AACC West Campus Drive, Arnold: $45 /discounts; rsvp: www.ymdturkeytrot.org/events/Arnold.

Friday November 23

#OptOut Hike

Join the growing movement to forego shopping on the day after Thanksgiving in favor of fresh air and exercise. Hike the perimeter of the Glendening Preserve, about 4 miles, including some off-trail hiking to see to the largest tree on the Sanctuary and get a close up look at a beaver pond. Plus visit the Chris Swarth boardwalk for great views of the marsh (ages 12+). 9am-noon, Glendening Nature Preserve, Lothian, free, rsvp: 410-741-9330.

Saturday November 24

Jug Bay Post Turkey Trail 5K

Run to benefit Recreation Deeds for Special Needs. Registration 8:30am, race 9:30am, Glendening Preserve, Lothian. $25 w/ discounts: http://bit.ly/2Q2EV6X