This post is written by Casey Brown, sales and public affairs assistant for Experience Columbus. You can follow her on Twitter @CbusCasey.

My family has a time-honored tradition of heading to the gym Thanksgiving morning to work up a sweat. This way, we have no shame in gorging ourselves later in the day on turkey and all the trimmings (particularly the Double Whammie Yeast Rolls I’m going to attempt!) This year, I thought we should change up our routine a bit and partake in one of the numerous Thanksgiving Day runs that occur throughout the Columbus area. So I did some research and found a few events.

race 2Perhaps the most well known Thanksgiving Day run in Columbus is the Columbus Turkey Trot sponsored by Chase. Proceeds of the race will benefit Easter Seals and the Make the First Five Count program. The 5-miler kicks off at the Whole Foods on Lane Avenue at 9 a.m. followed by the Columbus Parent Magazine Walk & Talk 2.5-miler at 9:10 a.m. For those early risers, the McDonald's Tot Trot starts at 8:30 a.m. The first 2,100 finishers will receive a pumpkin pie from Whole Foods!

The next race is the Delaware Turkey Trot and Little Gobbler Kids Run. Proceeds of this race benefit the Autism Society of Central Ohio. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. on MillRun Crossing behind Glennwood Commons in Delaware. The first 300 finishers of the race receive free pumpkin pies!

Last but not least is the Flyer Feather Four Miler and Kids’ Gobbler Chase in Dublin. The Kids’ Gobbler Chase starts at 8:30 a.m., with the Four-Miler kicking off at 9 a.m. The Four-Miler begins and ends on Tuscany Drive just east of Hyland-Croy Road. If pumpkin pie isn’t your thing, this race is for you: every participant 21 and over receives a free bottle of wine!

So now that know about some of the races in town, start a new tradition this Thanksgiving and get out and be active with your family! Happy Turkey Day, Columbus!