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Turkey Trot Poll: Do You Have an Active Thanksgiving Tradition?

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Every Thanksgiving morning, for the past three years, I've awakened at the crack of dawn and pulled on layers of thermal, moisture-wicking fabrics before scarfing instant oatmeal and getting into a car full of friends who've done the same. Eyes still puffy, we find our way to registration desks and reluctantly peel off our layers, shaking our knees and arms to stay warm before the start gun is fired: It's time for the Turkey Trot, our annual Thanksgiving tradition. And no matter how miserably cold or early it is, I wouldn't feel right eating Thanksgiving dinner (or my post-race donuts) without it.

This year, my friends and I are doing Thanksgiving in New York. We're running our Turkey Trot in Brooklyn, where the forecast predicts a cold, rainy morning to accompany our three-mile-plus race. I can't say that I'm looking forward to the weather (although this year's race start time of 9 a.m. is far more forgiving than past jogs), but I am looking forward to working up a sweat and sore muscles to justify whatever I feel like putting on my plate and in my glass on Thanksgiving evening.

I know some families who go on post-dinner strolls to “walk off” a fraction of the meal they've just ingested, and others who prefer to get their exercise through a particularly active game of charades. I'm a big advocate of getting in some exercise on Turkey Day, but upon inviting certain friends to trot with me this Turkey day, I've realized that my tradition is far from universal. “I prefer to enjoy a full day of true gluttony,” said one friend. “But it feels so good to run in the morning!” I tried to convince them, but my argument was hardly given a second thought.

So I turn the question over to you: Is having an active Thanksgiving tradition just for losers like me?

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