Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because it includes some of my favorite elements: family, food, football, and a long weekend! Last year was my first Thanksgiving in Montana, and I started a new tradition by signing up for a local race on Thanksgiving morning—the Huffing for Stuffing 10K in Bozeman. Montana plays host to at least 8 Thanksgiving Day runs statewide. I encourage you to sign up for one in your community today! Here are a few reasons why:
- We already know we’re going to put back a few more calories than usual on Thanksgiving weekend (and by a few I mean a lot). Why not do a preemptive strike and burn a few calories on Thanksgiving morning? You’ll feel better about the gluttony to come. I feel like I need to earn my big holiday meal, and participating in a community race is a great way to do it!
- Most Thanksgiving Day races are associated with a local charity. By signing up, you’ll also be donating to a great cause in your community. See the list below!
- Holiday races are festive and fun. It’s kindof like being in a big parade. Many of these races encourage costumes!
Here are a list of Montana Thanksgiving Races that I know about, plus a link at the bottom to help you register:
- Huffing for Stuffing 5k & 10k, Bozeman. Benefits Gallatin Valley Food Bank. Neal will be running the 5k. Come say “Hi” at the post-race party!
- Turkey Day 8k, Missoula. Benefits Missoula Food Bank. Cristin will be running this one. Come say “Hi” at the post-race party!
- Burn the Bird 5k & 10k, Great Falls. Benefits River’s Edge Trail.
- Turkey Trot 3 Miler, Polson. Benefits Polson Loaves and Fishes.
- Turkey Trot 5k, Whitefish. Benefits North Valley Food Bank.
- Run! Turkey Run! 5k, Billings. Benefits Billings Food Bank, Family Service, Meals on Wheels, and the Billings BackPack Program.
- Turkey Trot 5k & 10k, Helena. Benefits Helena Food Share.
- Buckey’s Turkey Trot, Glendive. Benefits Dawson County Food Bank.
Information and links to all of these races can be found here: Run Montana Calendar