I once read that a "turkey walk" was going to be held on a Sunday at 8.00 a.m. in a small town in New England.

I tried to find it in dictionaries and I also googled the expression, but got no results.

Can anyone explain what it is?


The "Turkey trot" is traditionally a short run held on the morning of Thanksgiving - the fourth Thursday in November in the USA, and a day when turkey is on the menu in almost every household in remembrance of the "first thanksgiving" when the Pilgrims, according to tradition, ate turkey in a feast to celebrate that they had survived for a year in the new colonies.

According to this event listing not all these events are "trots" (which are runs), nor are they all on the Thursday.

It is therefore most likely that this was a walk "close to the Thanksgiving holiday", probably in the thanksgiving "spirit" (meaning decorations included cornucopias, Pilgrims's hats, squash and pumpkins, corn eaves, and lots of turkeys).

  • I wouldn't bat an eye at a Turkey Trot held any time over Thanksgiving weekend (as opposed to just on Thursday). – J.R. Dec 26 '14 at 1:12
  • @J.R. yes it seems that "close to Thanksgiving" qualifies. When you look at that link I gave in the answer, it's got dates (for 2014) ranging from Nov 17 through 25 - that doesn't even go as far as Thanksgiving. Other sites have other dates. Clearly the date range is wider than I had realized. – Floris Dec 26 '14 at 1:19
  • Reading your answer today, I'm amazed to see how you managed to write such a long sentence. It would be difficult for me. – Centaurus Jan 5 '15 at 23:42
  • @Centaurus- it does go on a bit now that I re-read it! – Floris Jan 6 '15 at 1:35

I can only guess that a "turkey walk" is a toned-down version of a "turkey trot", which is a short (usually 5 kilometers) running race held on the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.


  • The odd thing is that this walk was to be held on a Sunday. "Turkey trots" are traditionally (only) held on the fourth Thursday of November... they are so named because Thanksgiving is a day when turkey is traditionally served, making it known as "turkey day" in some circles. Since it's often associated with excessive eating and drinking, starting the day with a short run is considered an antidote to the inevitable "calorie-induced coma" that follows. – Floris Dec 26 '14 at 0:51
  • @Floris, It was in November and I'm not really sure it was to be held on a Sunday. – Centaurus Dec 26 '14 at 0:57
  • @Centaurus - OK see my answer. It need not have been on a Thursday, but being in November was definitely a good sign... – Floris Dec 26 '14 at 0:58

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