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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