Need a turkey trot fix? Plenty of area pre-Thanksgiving dinner adrenaline options to choose from |

Need a turkey trot fix? Plenty of area pre-Thanksgiving dinner adrenaline options to choose from

Participants in last year's Turkey Day 5K get into the holiday spirit as they wait for the start.
Kyle Mills / Post Independent file

Glenwood Turkey Day 5K

The annual Glenwood Springs Turkey Day 5K returns for a 33rd year, starting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club, 193 Sunny Acres Road, also known as “The Hill.”

Race-day registration begins at 9 a.m. in the clubhouse at the golf course. Participants can still pre-register for $15 by contacting any member of the Glenwood Springs High School swim or cross country teams; or, $25 by going to the race website at

Proceeds benefit the swim and cross country teams. Food and drink to follow the race.

Rifle Turkey Trot

The annual Rifle Turkey Trot 5K takes place at Cooper Field in Deerfield Park, 182 E. 30th St., Rifle.

On-site registration for the Thanksgiving Day event opens at 7:30 a.m. with the Little Gobbler Trot beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Turkey Trot at 9 a.m.

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The 5K costs $30 for individuals and $80 for families or teams of five. Proceeds benefit the Rifle High School Track and Field program.

Carbondale Huffin’ for Stuffin run, cyclocross

Carbondale Parks and Recreation and Aloha Mountain Cyclery sponsor the Huffin’ for Stuffin’ Thanksgiving morning 5K or 2.5K walk/run and Turkey Cross bike races at the North Face Park on Meadowood Drive in Carbondale. 

The running races start at 8 a.m., followed by the bike events. The races are for all ages and intended to be non-competitive. Costumes are encouraged.

There will be prizes for first, last and middle 5K racers. The grand prize goes to the middle place 5K racer. There’s also a bonfire and snacks afterward.

Pre-registration at, or on the day of the races for an extra fee. A canned food donation for Lift-Up earns a $5 discount. For bike race registration only, contact Aloha Mountain Cyclery at 970-963-2500.

Basalt 5K Gobble Wobble

The annual Basalt 5K Turkey Trot takes place at 9:30 a.m. at Basalt Elementary School, 151 Cottonwood Drive, Basalt.

The family fun run/walk winds through Elk Run. There’s also a 1-mile course that will be marked if participants elect not to run the 5k route.

Register here. Entry fee is $20 for adults, $10 for children, or a ‘family entry’ (up to 5 participants) for $50. 

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