Family Friendly 5K and Turkey Trot Races in Columbus - Columbus Moms Network

Are you looking for an upcoming 5k race, or maybe want to do a Turkey Trot/Fun Run on Thanksgiving Weekend?   I have highlighted a few family friendly races coming up.   Maybe you want to bring your kids to cheer you on, have them run alongside you, or even with you in the stroller.   Most of these races allow strollers, I provided the information I could find under additional details of each race.  These local races are great for all walkers or runners and a lot of fun!   Why not give one (or more) of them a try?

Hot Chocolate 

Date: Sunday, November 20

Location: McFerson Commons, Downtown Columbus

Start Time: 7:30am

Distance: 5k, 10k and 15k options

Additional information:  I love the Hot Chocolate Race!   It’s a fun event, and I always enjoy running a route that takes you through downtown.   It is a large race, so keep that in mind if you will be running with kids.   If you are running with kids, I recommend starting near the back where it’s not as crowded.   A chocolate lover’s oasis awaits at the post-run party!  Celebrate your accomplishment with a finisher mug that includes fondue, dippables, and our very own hot chocolate, while checking out our exciting vendors and listening to great tunes!  Kids will love the chocolate part!

**There are no baby carriers or strollers of any sort allowed on any of the courses.**

NC4K Reindeer Run

Date: Saturday, December 10

Location: Columbus Zoo

Start time: 9am

Distance: Chick-Fil-A Kid’s Fun Run, 1 mile Family Walk, or 5k

Additional information:  This is a fantastic race!   It was my daughter’s first 5k that she ran with me last year and it is so fun.   Can you beat a race where you get to run through the zoo before it opens for the day?   (note: the first part of the 5k course last year was through the parking lot of the zoo but we did finish the race inside the zoo, and got to run by a lot of the animals).  Paid registration does include zoo admission that day if you are not a member and Chick-Fil-A provides the post race food.    We have already registered for this one again and we can’t wait!

Flying Feather Four Miler

Date: Thursday, November 24-Thanksgiving Day

Location: the Club at Corazon, Dublin

Start time: 9am (8:30am for the Kid’s Gobbler Chase)

Distance: Kid’s Gobbler Chase and 4 mile options

Additional information: this was a family tradition of ours for many years.  It is a very fun and festive atmosphere and stroller friendly.   Each (adult) participant receives a bottle of wine at the end!

Pumpkin Dash 5k

Date: Thursday, November 24-Thanksgiving Day

Location: Historic Uptown District, Marysville

Start time: 9:05am (9am for the Little Pumpkin Dashers)

Distance: Little Pumpkin Dash and 5k

Additional information: Bring your family and friends for a Thanksgiving Day Tradition of family fun and community pride. Participants will enjoy starting, running and finishing on the city streets of Marysville.

Chase Columbus Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday, November 24-Thanksgiving Day

Location: Shops on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington

Start time: 9am (8:30am for Dick’s “Tot Trot”)

Distance: Dick’s “Tot Trot”, 2.6 miles and 5 miles

Additional information:  All in-person participants will receive a finisher medal as they cross the finish line and all participants in the 2.6 and 5 Miler events will receive a delicious pumpkin pie!  Strollers are allowed on the course.

2022 Powell Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday, November 24-Thanksgiving Day

Location: 47 Hall St, Powell

Start time: 8:30am (8am for the “Wobble Til You Gobble Kids Race”)

Distances: “Wobble til you Gobble Kids Race” and 4 miles

Additional information: there will not be any race day packet pickup or registration.  We have partnered again with Nocterra Brewing Company for an exclusive four-pack of fall beers. Nocterra does not do four-packs but we have worked with them to create a unique four-pack. This four-pack will be available for the first 700 participants over 21 but no guarantees after that.  We will have additional giveaways for those under 21.  Deadline for guaranteed shirt and beer is NOV 11th!  Register by then to GUARANTEE getting a shirt and beer 4-Pack.  Strollers are permitted.

Columbus Hungry Turkey

Date: Saturday, November 26

Location: COSI- 333 W. Broad St, Columbus

Start time: Kids Fun Run-9am, 5k and 10k-9:15am

Distances: 5k, 10k and Kids Fun Run

Additional details: Get out and work off that Thanksgiving Dinner (and leftovers) with the BEST RACE SWAG and a professional race day experience before the Ohio State Buckeyes vs *ichigan football game!  It’s a guarantee you will be home in plenty of time for kickoff because as the event organizer WE TOO want to be home to watch the game!  Strollers are permitted on the course.


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