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 

Yours Truly showing a little race hardware in front of Big Mike at the Museum of the Rockies.
Yours Truly showing a little race hardware in front of Big Mike at the Museum of the Rockies following the 2012 Huffing for Stuffing 10k.  This year, I’m taking it easy and running the 5.


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