TURKEY TROTS AND OTHER THANKSGIVING EXERCISE

Want to burn off some calories before sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner? Several races are scheduled in Loudoun and Fauquier counties before turkey day.

On Saturday, the second annual Freeze Your Gizzard race starts at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; the race begins at 9 a.m. Race categories include adult and high school 5Ks, middle school 3K and a one-mile elementary school fun run. Registration is $20 plus two cans of food to be donated to Loudoun Interfaith Relief's food bank. All participants will receive a race medal, and Thanksgiving-themed food prizes will be awarded. Advance registration at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center or online. 703-777-1368 or www.idalee.org.

The seventh annual Remington 5K Turkey Trot begins at 10 a.m. Saturday (registration starts at 9 a.m.) from M.M. Pierce Elementary School, 12074 James Madison St. Turkeys, pumpkin pies and poinsettias will be awarded to the top three finishers in 11 divisions. $20. 540-788-4867 or www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments/parksrec.

On Thanksgiving day, a 5K Turkey Trot will start at 8 a.m. at the Loudoun Valley Community Center to raise money for music and physical education programs at the center and scholarships and financial aid for families in need of preschool or day care. 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Registration 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Loudoun Valley Community Center pavilion, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. Nov. 25. $20, minimum donation. 540-338-4122.

More than 1,200 runners are expected to take part in the eighth Ashburn Farm 10K, 5K and two-mile fun run at 8:15 a.m. next Thursday, Crossroads United Methodist Church, at Crossroads Drive and Ashburn Farm Parkway. Cash prizes. Day of event, $30, 10K; $23, 5K; $16, fun run. 703-729-5100 or www.ecrossroadsumc.org.

OR IF YOU PREFER CULTURE . . .

"La Bete," the award-winning parody of Moliere's plays by David Hirson, will be performed at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. $12, adults; $10, students and seniors. 703-450-2648.

"La Bete," an award-winning parody of Moliere's plays, will be presented at NVCC's Loudoun campus.