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It’s Not This Time of Year Without the Detroit Turkey Trot

 

On Thanksgiving Day, Travis and I went on a day-date to see America’s Thanksgiving Parade. Before the parade started, we got to see the annual Detroit Turkey Trot. I thought it would be cool to snap a few photos of the race. To my delight, I was not disappointed at all. I enjoyed photographing the Thanksgiving race.

As a newbie to Detroit, it was really nice to learn more about Detroit’s holiday traditions. Who knows? Maybe next year Travis and I will register to run in the Turkey Trot! 🙂

 

KEEP READING TO GET MORE DETROIT TURKEY TROT REGISTRATION & EVENT HIGHLIGHTS INFO!

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A group of ladies cheer on the Turkey Trot runners.

 

Detroit Turkey Trot registration info
It’s tradition for runners to dress in costumes for the Detroit Turkey Trot.

 

WANT TO REGISTER FOR THE DETROIT TURKEY TROT?

Click here to register and get more information about the Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot.

PARKING INFO CLICK HERE

COURSE MAP IS HERE

More questions? Call this number: (313) 247-4149 or email TurkeyTrot@theparade.org.

 

 

Detroit Turkey Trot Tradition: Wear a Costume

I was really surprised to see so many people dressed up in costumes. it was a little confusing at first because I had never seen anything like it before. I learned that wearing costumes in the race is a tradition.

Many people dress in festive holiday gear for the Turkey Trot, such as Christmas trees and Santa Claus costumes. Some of the runners were dressed up in superhero costumes and comic book characters. It was a huge crowd, and everyone looked so thrilled to be participating in the Turkey Trot.

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Many people dress in festive holiday gear for the Turkey Trot, such as Christmas trees and Santa Claus costumes.

 

Detroit Turkey Trot
I thought it would be cool to snap a few photos of the race. To my delight, I was not disappointed at all. I enjoyed photographing the Thanksgiving race.

 

Santa and Christmas Costume
As a newbie to Detroit, it was really nice to learn more about Detroit’s holiday traditions.

DETROIT TURKEY TROT EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

(SOURCE: Parade Company)

  • SEVERAL DISTANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE – the Strategic Staffing Solutions 10K Turkey Trot Run, the 5K Stuffing Strut Run/Walk and family-friendly Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Mashed Potato Mile
  • TWO COMBINATION EVENTS – the popular Drumstick Double (10K & 5K), and the Cranberry Combo (1 Mile & 5K)
  • TURKEY TROT MERCH INCLUDED — All participants receive a long-sleeve, tech shirt featuring our new logo. Medals are awarded to ALL finishers
  • STROLLER-FRIENDLY — All races are stroller-friendly.
  • FUR BABIES GOTTA STAY HOME. — However, because of congestion pets are not permitted
  • TYPES OF AWARDS — 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall for Men and Women in the 5K, 10K, Drumstick Double and Cranberry Combo. They also award 1st place overall Masters Male and Female in those same categories.

Detroit Turkey Trot doesn’t give out age group awards, but they do post results online in 5 different age groups so you can see how you rank against your peers.

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On your mark! Runners get ready to begin the race.

 

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Travs and I enjoyed watching the runners and walkers at the Detroit Turkey Trot.

The Parade Before the Parade

The Detroit Turkey Trot is known as “The Parade Before the Parade” because (1) it begins before the Thanksgiving Parade and (2) with all of the festive costumes, it looks like a parade! 

Many of the downtown streets were closed off for the race and the parade. Travis and I used the closed streets to our advantage to also view and photograph the great architecture of the historic Detroit buildings.

The Detroit Turkey Trot and the America’s Thanksgiving Parade make for a great day to do street photography. If you plan on attending the Thanksgiving parade next year, I recommend you get there early to see the Turkey Trot, too. Your day at the parade will be a very enriching experience!

Turkey Trot costume ideas
Some of the runners were dressed up in superhero costumes and comic book characters.

 

Detroit Turkey Trot
The Turkey Trot is known as “The Parade Before the Parade” because it is a large event which literally starts before the Thanksgiving Parade.

 

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The costumes the runners wore were pretty cool.

I’m glad Travis and I got to see the race. I loved how so many of the runners were dressed in costume and looked genuinely happy to be running in the race. Watching the trot immediately put me into the holiday spirit!

Click here to register for the Detroit Turkey Trot and for more updates on the event. 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “It’s Not This Time of Year Without the Detroit Turkey Trot

  1. I can’t believe it’s been 34 years! That has always been a fun tradition! I think it’s awesome that you decided to go, it would be hard to miss!

    1. I was amazed at how many people were running/walking in the race. The costumes were so cool and I loved checking out the different outfits people had. I’m definitely going back next year to watch or maybe even participate! 🙂

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