If you want to earn that second piece of pumpkin pie later today, there are a couple of opportunities to get active in the Midlands on Thanksgiving morning.
Bodyshop Athletics in Lexington will host its 10th annual Turkey Trot 5-mile run, 2.5-mile run and one-mile fun run at 7:30 a.m. The races begin at Golden Hills Golf Course (100 Scotland Drive) off U.S. 378.
“Our … Turkey Trot began in 2005 with seven of us attempting to get a run in before we sat and ate all day,” said Bodyshop Athletics owner Chris Wooten. “The race has grown to between 400-500 runners for the last few years and has become a holiday tradition for lots of families as a way to start the holidays off.”
Race day registration is $35 and all proceeds benefit Crosstraining Ministries, which instills Christian leadership skills in youth.
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In Columbia, thousands of runners will converge on Colonial Life Arena (801 Lincoln St.) for the 11th annual Turkey Day 5K to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands.
The 5K race starts at 8:45 with a one-mile fun run starting five minutes later. Race-day registration is $35 for the 5K and $20 for the fun run. All proceeds support the scholarship fund for the Boys & Girls Club serving more than 4,500 participants this fall in 50 locations.
If your morning is spent basting the turkey and mashing the potatoes – or if you end up regretting that extra piece of pie – there’s also a late-day opportunity to get some exercise. Main Street ICE, Columbia’s downtown ice skating rink, opens on Thanksgiving Day. Open skate hours on Thanksgiving are 5-9 p.m. and skating is $8 per person. Main Street ICE is at Boyd Plaza in front of the Columbia Museum of Art, at Hampton and Main streets.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State