Capital Region

How you can run off that stuffing this Thanksgiving

Regional races offer fun for good causes
The 15th annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot in November 2016.
The 15th annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot in November 2016.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Nov. 20 to include the 36th Annual Cardiac Classic, which was omitted from a previous version.

Here are some regional themed running events slated for Thanksgiving.


Race: 36th Annual Cardiac Classic

Where/When: The first event starts at 8 a.m. at the Central Park Pavilion

Distance: There is a 2-mile wellness walk, a 5K run and a 1-mile Duck Pond Fun Run.

Cause: The Visiting Nurse Service of Northeastern NY

Registration: Must be done in advance. Online registration can be completed at or through Ellis Medicine’s website, at Registration can also be completed in person between 2 and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Ellis Medicine’s McClellan Street Health Center, 600 McClellan St.

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Saratoga Springs

Race: The 16th annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot

Where/When: The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall in Saratoga Springs.

Distance: 5K

Cause: The Christopher Dailey Foundation raises money to support local youth sports organizations.

Registration: Must be completed online or in person before the event. Online registration at must be completed by noon Tuesday. Cost is $27. In-person registration can be done between 4 and 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Saratoga Hilton Hotel.

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Glens Falls

Race: The James P. Hinchliffe 5k Run/Walk for ALS

Where/When: 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving, with registration at the Cool Insuring Center and the race beginning on Church Street.

Cause: This race was founded in 2011 by Matt and Dillon Hinchliffe, and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter.

Registration: 7 to 8:15 a.m. at the Glens Falls Civic Center the day of the race ($25), or, with advance registration (link can be found at $15 for those 18 and younger and $18 for adults.

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Lake Placid

Race: Adirondack Health ninth annual Turkey Trot

Where/When: Race starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Speed Skating Oval.

Distance: Flat 5k walk/run

Cause: Proceeds benefit the local school food pantries and Adirondack Health’s Fit for Life Program.

Registration: Pre-registration must be done by Tuesday and can be completed online at There is an online-only rate of $75 for groups of four. Kids 12 or younger can participate for free and do not need to register. Participants are asked to bring three non-perishable food items for donation to local food pantries. Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m., closes at 8 a.m. and costs $30 per person and $100 for a group of four.

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Race: 54th annual Turkey Trot

Where/When: Kids races start at 8:30 a.m. in front of City Hall. There are also races for “intermediates,” “juniors,” “biddies,” and “Pee wee” age groups. Details available at

Distance: Distances vary by age group, but a 3.5-mile run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

Cause: Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry.

Registration: Free, though T-shirts are $10. Register online at

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Race: Junior League of Kingston’s fifth annual Turkey Trot

Where/When: 8 a.m. at Dietz Stadium. Race ends in Forsyth Park

Distance: 5k and 2-mile run/walk events to choose from

Cause: The People’s Place Food Pantry

Registration: Online, at

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Race: Our Towne Bethlehem Turkey Trot

Where/When: 9 a.m. at  Bethlehem Central Middle School (fireworks are at 7 p.m. Wednesday)

Distance: 5k

Cause: Bethlehem Food Pantry

Registration: Kids 10 and younger are admitted for free. Adults $30. Applications are available online at

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Clifton Park

Race: St. George’s sixth annual Turkey Trot/Antonio “Tony” Lauria Memorial 5K

Where/When: 8 a.m., at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 912 Route 146.

Distance: 5K run/walk

Cause: Church scholarship fund

Registration: Registration ends Wednesday and costs $25. Register online at

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Race: Amsterdam Thanks4giving 5K Run/Walk and 1.5K Walk

Where/When: 9 a.m. for 5k run/walk and 9:15 a.m. for 1-mile walk, starting at Shuttleworth Park.

Distance: 5K walk/run or 1-mile walk

Cause: Proceeds benefit Dr. Tom Catena’s Mission work at the Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan.

Registration: $15 in advance, at

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Race: The Troy Turkey Trot

Where/When: 8 a.m. for 10k (Grade school mile at 9:30, “Turkey Walk” at 9:35, 5K at 10) 

Distance: 1-mile, 5k, 10k and “Turkey Walk”

Cause: Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Joseph’s House & Shelter

Registration: Online registration at Last-chance registration is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Troy Atrium, second floor, on Fourth Street between Fulton and Broadway. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items.

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