Need an excuse to indulge in some serious eating on Thanksgiving Day? How about supercharging your metabolism by running a race before you sit down to eat?
Here are a few Fox Valley races to consider. Another incentive to sign up: funds raised will be donated to charity.
Algonquin/Lake in the Hills
The ninth annual Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Turkey Trot will be Thursday, Nov. 22. All donations go the local food pantry. Registration opens Thanksgiving from 7:15-7:50 a.m. at Lifetime Fitness, 451 Rolls Road, Algonquin. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. You can also preregister at www.alith-foodpantry.org. The suggested donation is $10 or equal value of nonperishable food items. Children and strollers are welcome at the race.
The Fox River Trail Runners and Batavia Accelerators are hosting the 16th annual Fox and Turkey 4-Mile and Youth Mile Race Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.
The Youth Mile starts at 8 a.m. and the Four Mile at 9 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center, 151 Island Ave., Batavia. Race-day registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center.
A long-sleeved shirt is included in both race entries. The shirts are guaranteed for preregistered runners. Shirts are available for race day registrants until supplies last.
Race fee for the 4-mile run is $35. The youth mile fee is $20.
The races are run along the Fox River Trail starting in downtown Batavia. The youth mile uses the first half-mile of the 4-mile course.
This is a food drive event to benefit the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. Runners and spectators are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the food pantry. Awards will be given to finishers in different categories.