Family-Friendly Turkey Trots Provide Good Exercise in Ulster County

For most people, overeating on Thanksgiving is inevitable. In fact, the Calorie Control Council estimates that the average person will consume about 4,500 calories this Thanksgiving, along with 229 grams of fat. That's more than double the daily recommended intake for most individuals.

Fortunately, there are several fun events happening throughout Ulster County that will help burn off some of those calories. These “turkey trots” allow participants to get outside, get some exercise and enjoy some holiday fun around the big feast. They also raise money for some important causes in their communities – including hunger relief.

Check out the turkey trots happening in Ulster County this year:

Phoenicia Turkey Trot, Nov. 25
A 2.4-mile fun run, ramble, trot, walk or wobble to benefit the Phoenicia UMC Food Pantry. Open to all. Includes free Tot Trot (under age 5) at 9:30 a.m. Registration 8:30 a.m. Main race event starts 10 a.m. Rain or shine. No dogs please. Meet at Parish Hall, 109 Main Street, Phoenicia.

For more information, call (845) 254-4126 or visit

Annual Kingston Turkey Trot, Nov. 28
The Junior League will once again present this event featuring 5K and two-mile races. Strollers welcome. Kids under 5 free. Registration 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. start. Dietz Stadium, 170 N. Front St., Kingston. Tickets $15-$20 available online.

For more information, call (845) 481-3534 or visit

Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot, Nov. 28
As much of a tradition as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring a 3.1-mile run/walk and a
fun run for children. Register online. Check in 8 a.m. Races 9–11 a.m. Water Street Market, 10 Main St., New Paltz.

For more information, visit