FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- From Greenwich to Ridgefield, Fairfield County runners will have a chance to stretch their legs and burn off calories before their Thanksgiving meals.
The first race of the week is a 5K in New Canaan on Sunday, Nov. 23. Races in Greenwich, Southport, Redding and Ridgefield on Thursday, Nov. 27, invite runners for a holiday jaunt before carving the turkey.
The 5K in New Canaan begins at 11:30 a.m. and supports Open Door Shelter. New Balance New Canaan is one of the race sponsors, and runners can preregister at the store. Preregistration is also available online along with complete race information.
The biggest and most well-known Thanksgiving Day race in Fairfield County is the Pequot Runners 5-mile race at 8:15 a.m. in Southport. Complete information and registration information is online . The race begins and ends at Wakeman Club in Southport.
The race started in 1978 and had 150 finishers. Last year’s race had nearly 4,000 finishers.
In Redding, the Great Turkey Escape 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. at Redding Elementary School. The race benefits the school's PTA and the Redding Historical Society. Complete information and registration is online .
The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield hosts its 33rd annual 5k at 8:30 a.m. The race starts and ends at the Boys & Girls Club on Governor Street. More information about the race is online.
In Greenwich, the 6-mile Gateway Gobbler begins at 8 a.m. More information is online .
A Turkey Trot also will be held in Rowayton on Thursday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration and details are on the race website .
On Saturday, Nov. 29, Greenwich Education Alliance also hosts a 5K beginning at the Arch Street Teen Center at 9:30 a.m. The race is a scenic, flat loop in Bruce Park. Visit the race website for more information.
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