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“Wobble before you Gobble this Thanksgiving!”

It seems only fitting that the holiday best known for feasting would also be the perfect day for a 5K.

Nothing like a brisk run or walk to counteract all that holiday food guilt.

Sure enough, Thanksgiving Day is now the number one day in America for running events.  “Turkey trots” are a phenomenon that’s been picking up steam of late.  In 2008 there were 290 Thanksgiving Day races across the country.  In 2012, there were a whopping 490 of them.

The second most popular holiday for running:  Fourth of July.  Coming in third: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day.

USA Today has an interesting take on the Thanksgiving Day/running phenomenon here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/11/22/turkey-trot-explained/75912818/

They also have this interesting tidbit:  the average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day  –  the equivalent of 15 Dairy Queen small hot fudge sundaes.  Yikes!  (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/11/04/thanksgiving-dinner-calories-food/75098420/)


If you are here in one of our rental homes South Carolina for Thanksgiving  –  either  in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals or our Folly Beach rentals Charleston  –  you are in luck.  Not only is a Charleston beach house the perfect setting for an ideal holiday meal, your luxury house on Isle of Palms (or Folly beach house Charleston) is the perfect launching pad for a morning run or fun walk.  Yes, you could do that on the beach… or, you could venture out downtown for a beloved local event that draws thousands to the historic city, with everyone in an especially festive holiday mood.  Charleston’s no latecomer to the turkey trot phenomenon.

Thursday morning is the Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble 5K.  The Gobble Wobble is for those who’d prefer a walk to a run.

The race is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and has a history that dates back almost 100 years.  It has been run in various venues and formats (including relay and high school track team competition), and at one point even ran from Charleston to Summerville.  Now it is a true 3.1 mile/5K run and walk, and this is officially the 38th one in a row.

It is popular, indeed.  Attracting over 7,500 registrants from all over North America, it’s second in size only to the Cooper River Bridge Run around these parts.  In fact, it’s the 28th largest 5K in the United States and is a U. S. Track & Field certified event.

The course itself is ideal for seeing the sights as it travels down and back up the historic spine of the peninsula.  It starts at Marion Square, travels down Meeting Street to the Battery, past White Point Gardens, down Murray Boulevard, then back up King Street to Marion Square.

Online registration is no longer available, but you can register tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 25th) in person and pick up race packets from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., or Thursday morning from 7:00 a.m. till 8:45.  Registration/packet pickup are set up in their Expo tent near the Embassy Suites at Marion Square downtown, a convenient drive from all our SC vacation rentals, both Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC and Isle of Palms vacation rentals.

The run kicks off promptly at 9:00 Thursday morning.  There are also shorter length runs for the kids starting at 10:00 a.m.  So there’s plenty of time to get in some good exercise and sightseeing before you head back to your luxury house on Isle of Palms in time for the big meal  –  sans guilt.

Before you do cross back over the bridge, check out the lively post-race party with free food and beverages (beer for those 21 and over), live music and the awards ceremony.

Strollers are welcome (in the walkers’ corral) although dogs are not.

As is the case with many of these turkey trots, proceeds go to charity.  This one benefits the Alzheimer’s Association, area Boy Scouts of America, Crisis Ministries and other worthy local causes.

Here’s the official site with all the details: http://turkeydayrun.com/


Have a great day of thanks, whether you wobble, gobble, or just chill at the beach house.  And as always, remember to call EP for the best luxury beach house rentals SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger