Accept your Thanksgiving Day fate: You are going to eat too much. The mashed potatoes are too delicious, the green bean casserole too perfectly creamy and the pecan pie too sweetly, crunchily tempting, so you will most likely end up about as overstuffed as the meal-time bird.
But there are ways to balance out all that eating. You could kick off turkey day by running in a race, doing some yoga or heading out for a hike, and many options benefit local charities. Here are some possibilities.
While a number of area turkey trots have filled up or closed registration, there are still a few around town with openings.
The 18th annual Ashburn Farm Race promises three options — a 2k, 5k or 10k — all benefitting a school in Uganda. Prices range from $17 to $30 and, although online registration is closed, walk in sign-up continues until race morning.
Laurel’s seventh annual Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot is a 5k race. The $25 registration benefits Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services.
More than 8,000 runners have already signed up for the Bethesda Turkey Chase, which includes a 10k run, a 2-mile walk/run and a “Tot Trot.” Prices range from $18-$48, and proceeds go to charities chosen by sponsors Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary and the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Racers can sign up online through Tuesday at 10 p.m. or register in person at either the packet pick-up location Tuesday and Wednesday or at the site on race morning.
Tranquil Space, which has locations in Washington and Arlington, has the most extensive Thanksgiving day schedule. In addition to a class that blends meditation and more strenuous poses, there will be a slow-paced 90-minute practice, a flowing class open to all levels and shorter, hour-long classes. The suggested donation for each course is $15, which goes to So Others Might Eat.
Flow Yoga Center offers a two-hour workshop entitled Flow With Gratitude. The suggested donation is $25, which goes to locally based charity Anahata Grace.
Thanksgiving celebrants who opt for a meat-free feast might like the idea of Studio DC’s 10 a.m. “Have a Heart” class. Proceeds from the 90-minute heated practice ($15 is the suggested donation) go to the Adopt-a-Turkey Project, which keeps commercially-raised turkeys from meeting a typical Thanksgiving day fate by placing them in homes and sanctuaries.
Willow Street Yoga’s annual fundraiser includes a 90-minute class geared toward yogis of all levels; the $30 cost goes to Oxfam.
If you prefer getting a little exercise away from the masses — and without spending a dime — you might consider the many trail options, from bicycling along the C&O Canal towpath to hiking Billy Goat Trail to wandering around Great Falls.
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