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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots 2020 Guide: Orange County


ORANGE COUNTY, CA — While some established Thanksgiving turkey trots were scrapped this year in Orange County and nearby, due to pandemic-related crowd restrictions, others still are a go. Several organizers are opting for virtual formats — meaning you can run anytime or anywhere. (Treadmills may even count!)

Plus, a few races are scheduled as in-person, with staggered starts and other safety precautions planned.

And if you’re debating whether to “gobble-wobble” in 2020 with most of the massive, festive extravaganzas having fallen by the wayside, keep in mind local non-profits still benefit from these runs’ registration fees — even if races are virtual.

The traditional T-shirts, swag and finishers’ medals are included with many sign-ups, too.

Peruse the list to see if any of the walk/runs suit your family, and have a Happy Thanksgiving, from Patch!

NOTE: Do follow the links for the latest updates from organizers in the event races are canceled at the last minute or put back on the calendar.


  • Yorba Regional Park, 7600 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA



NOV. 22-28: Turkey Trot & Gobble Wobble. In its 43rd year. Supports local charities.

  • Virtual in Dana Point & Orange County, CA



NOV. 26: Orange County Turkey Trot. In-person with staggered starts. Space is limited. Charity Partners: Urban Health Aliiance; Race 4 the Environment; and To Return.

  • Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA



NOV. 22-29: Justin Rudd’s Annual Turkey Trot. Run, walk, bike, skate or wheel! Supports local charities.

  • Virtual via Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team (CAT), Long Beach, CA



NOV. 25-29: Turkey Trot Los Angeles. Event supports The Midnight Mission and homeless individuals.

  • Virtual format throughout Greater L.A., CA



NOV. 21-28: Turkey Trot On The Ranch. With multiple race routes, including exclusive trail access. Benefits programs at The Reserve.

  • The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, 28811 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA



NOV. 26-29: Orange County Rescue Mission Turkey Trot. For all ages. Supports the organization.

  • Virtual via Orange County Rescue Mission, 1 Hope Drive, Tustin, CA


STATEWIDE GUIDE: Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots 2020 Guide: California


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