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A roundup of Thanksgiving-themed races for Portland's Turkey Trotters

Starting Line Maine’s Turkey Trot Tune Up & Kid’s Turkey Dash
Sunday, November 12
49 Dartmouth Street, Portland

Join Starting Line Maine in celebrating their fourth anniversary with the Turkey Trot Tune Up race around Back Cove. This year, the event includes a Turkey Dash where kids will have their hands taped to their shoulders for a 100-meter race before the Tune Up begins. Starting Line is donating $11 to Full Plates Full Potential for every sign up and will be hosting a post-race pancake breakfast. (Note: Starting Line will be hosting free classes in the week leading up to the race! Register online at

Maine Track Club Turkey Trot 5K
Sunday, November 19
Cape Elizabeth Middle School

Maine’s largest running club, founded in 1979, is hosting their 55th annual MTC Turkey Trot live road race in Cape Elizabeth this month. The free kids’ run—a ¼-mile out-and-back or a ½-mile two loop out-and-back—takes place half an hour before the race starts. Race proceeds and food donations benefit Wayside Food Programs.

Portland Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler and Kids K
Thursday, November 23
284 Cumberland Ave, Portland

A southern Maine running tradition, the 42nd Annual Portland Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler and Kids K course winds through the city’s historic Old Port and downtown districts. The Kids K, a .62-mile race which sees more than 100 competitors each year, starts at Monument Square, runs to the Courthouse, and finishes in front of City Hall. Race proceeds benefit Partners for World Health and various area nonprofits. The associated food drive, now in its 38th year, will benefit Project Feed, an emergency food pantry. All Kid's K runners will receive a ceremonial medal at the finish line, and all runners 21 and over are invited to the Shipyard Tap Room on Newbury Street for a complimentary beer after the race.

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