By Natalie Coloprisco
Most people think of Thanksgiving as a day for food and family time, but for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, the holiday is also a time for competitive running.
These festive Thanksgiving Day races known as Turkey Trots are often tied to different charitable fundraisers, food drives and other good causes dovetailing with the season of giving.
What follows is a guide to 16 Turkey Trots on Long Island this weekend through Thanksgiving:
7th Annual Massapequa Park Turkey Trot
Brady Park, corner of Lake Shore Drive and Front Street, Massapequa Park. massapequaturkeytrot.com $15-$30. 8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 19.
2016 Matthew’s Turkey Trot 5K & Chicken Run 1K
West Harbor Memorial Beach, West Harbour Dr., Oyster Bay. bayvilleny.gov $25-$30. 9 a.m. Nov. 19.
12th Annual Long Beach City Council Turkey Trot
New York Avenue & Boardwalk, Long Beach. runsignup.com $5-$30. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 20.
Stony Brook University’s 2016 Turkey Trot 5K
Nichols Road, Walter J Hawrys Campus Recreation Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook. studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu $15- $25. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20.
36th Annual Shoreham Wading River Thanksgiving Day Races
Miller Avenue Elementary School, Miller Avenue, Shoreham glirc.com $15-$20. 8 a.m. Nov. 24.
40th Annual “Run for Fun” Turkey Trot
742 Montauk Hwy., Montauk. montaukchamber.com 8 a.m. Nov. 24.
9th Annual NRSP Foundation 1K Turkey Trot for Kids & 5K Run/Walk for the Park
Nissequogue River State Park, 799 Johnland Rd., Kings Park. ourstatepark.com $10. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24.
TWF’s 2016 Thanksgiving Day Charity Run (Turkey Trot)
American Legion Hall, 1 Mill Dam Rd., Huntington. townwidefund.org $7-$40. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24.
Garden City’s 2016 Turkey Trot
St. Paul’s School, 285 Stewart Ave., Garden City. gcturkeytrot.com $15-$35. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24.
41st Annual Port Washington Thanksgiving Day 5 Mile Run (Turkey Trot)
Manorhaven Park, Manorhaven Boulevard, Port Washington. runsignup.com $25-$60. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24
Massapequa’s 2016 Turkey Trot
John J. Burns Park, Merrick Road, Massapequa. turkeytrotmassapequa.com $10-$35. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24
9th Annual Smiles Turkey Trot
Corey Beach Park, 1 Corey Ave., Blue Point. runsignup.com $10-$20. 8:45 a.m. Nov. 24
Smithtown Kickers Turkey Trot 2016
Smithtown Elementary School, 51 Lawrence Ave., Smithtown. smithtownkickers.com $10- $25. 9 a.m. Nov. 24.
11th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
Mattituck High School, Main Road, Mattituck. mufsd.com $15-$30. 9 a.m. Nov. 24.
North Shore Turkey Trot
North Shore Community Youth Organization, 200 Glen Head Rd., Glen Head. active.com $5-$25. Nov. 24.
13th Annual St. John the Baptist Run Your Turkey Off
St John the Baptist Diocesan High School, 1170 Montauk Hwy., West Islip. runsignup.com$25. 9 a.m. Nov. 25.