48th annual Turkey Trot returns to Del Ray on Thanksgiving day this year

the 2019 Turkey Trot, photo via Visit Del Ray/Facebook

You’ll have plenty of time to fill up on turkey and stuffing after burning calories at the 48th Alexandria Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

The five-mile race on Nov. 23 through the heart of Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood is expected to draw upward of 6,000 participants. It will start at 9 a.m. outside George Washington Middle School (1005 Mount Vernon Avenue).

That’s a far cry from the first race in 1975, which had 244 runners and a first place time of 25 minutes and seven seconds. Incidentally, the winner of last year’s race was professional athlete Willy Fink with a time of 23 minutes and four seconds.

On race day, the doors at GW Middle School will open at 7:30 a.m., followed by the invocation and announcements at 8:45 a.m. The race will start at 9 a.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 10 a.m.

Participants are asked to register and pick up their racing materials before the race.

The Alexandria Turkey Trot course (Via Visit Del Ray)