Hi Nate -
Yes, here you are! All turkey, all the time, including a couple events this weekend and the rest happening Thanksgiving Day. Because exercising in the morning means you can eat ALL THE THINGS the rest of the day.*
*Not proven through science, but it sounds nice.
10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Portland Gear Hub, Portland. $15-20 to buy food. www.facebook.com/events/1827092537582272/
Cranksgiving is a bicycle-based food drive/scavenger hunt through Portland that’s part of a national effort to have fun on bikes and provide for the less fortunate. This ride will start at Portland Gear Hub and you’ll get a shopping list and a list of stores to visit. This is a race to see who can hit all the stores and buy all the food on the list the fastest. There will be prizes for the first people to complete the shopping, most pounds of turkey purchased, and a bunch of other reasons that are TBD.
Back Cove 6-Hour Fun Run & Food Drive
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov 19. Back Cove, Portland. Bring something for Preble Street Food Pantry. distanceathletics.com
Run a little, run a lot. There will be 6 hours on the clock and a pretty 3.5-mile loop around Back Cove. Eat Holy Donuts, slug coffee from Coffee by Design, and help The Distance Project pack the shelves of the Preble Street Food Pantry for the holidays. Entry fee is a delicious and nutritious food item for Preble St food pantry or anything off of their current “needs” list.
[So many turkey trots. Others happening in Portland, South Portland, Saco, Cumberland, Westbrook, and York.]
Turkey Trot 4 Hope
9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. Guy E Rowe School, Norway. $25 for Gobble Wobble stroll or 4-miler, $15 for students. crcofwm.org
It’s the first year for the Turkey Trot 4 Hope, taking place on Thanksgiving Day in downtown Norway. Proceeds support the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine and the course goes by the picturesque Norway Lake. Choose between a Gobble Wobble stroll through town and a 4-mile run/walk.
Turkey Trot 5K
8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov 24. Penobscot Bay YMCA, Rockport. $25 through Nov. 21, $30 after that. www.penbayymca.org
Walk or run this 5K the day after Thanksgiving. And in case you didn’t already eat enough on Thanksgiving, there will be a pancake breakfast after the race. Breakfast proceeds benefit the Sailfish Swim Team. Come in a Thanksgiving-themed costume and be entered to win a $50 YMCA gift certificate.
Cycling and Yoga on Thanksgiving
TULA Burn (cycle): 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 and TULA FLow (yoga): 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. TULA, South Portland. Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation. www.tulamaine.com
TULA in South Portland will have an indoor cycling class and a yoga class on Thanksgiving morning. Classes are free, but you’re encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the South Portland Food Cupboard.
9th Annual Turkey Burn: Burn Baby Burn
7:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. Train Maine Fitness & Athletic Performance, 506 Main St (24a), Westbrook. $10. www.trainmaine.com
It’s fitness before the feast during the annual Turkey Burn at Train Maine in Westbrook. The workout is open to all levels and abilities. The first 50 attendees receive a free Train Maine t-shirt.