I love gorging as much as the next person, but on days like Thanksgiving, I like to add some activity to the schedule.
My family isn’t a bunch of health nuts, but we do active things together on Thanksgiving. For as long as I can remember, my brothers usually start a round of football after our meal.
In recent years, my husband and I (and other crazy relatives,like my brother-in-law) have tried fun runs on Thanksgiving morning.
You layer enough, the cold isn’t too bothersome and visions of pumpkin pie are enough motivation to get you to hustle to the finish line.
If you want to start an active tradition, here are a few Thanksgiving Day runs in Omaha, as well as a hike for you:
Omaha runs on Thanksgiving
Omaha Running Club has a FREE Thanksgiving Fun Run at Lake Zorinski. It’s casual without a distance required. Everyone’s meeting at the boat ramp (156th Street south entrance) at 9 a.m. It helps knowing someone in the club, so get yourself a brother-in-law that runs, like mine.
Joslyn Castle Turkey Trot 5K is a family-friendly 5K run/walk that benefits Joslyn Castle (strollers are even allowed). The race starts at 9 a.m. at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing. To register or to get more details, go here.
Feast and Feathers Trail Run is an annual trail run with various distances raising money for a good cause (Foodbank For The Heartland). Unfortunately, if you haven’t registered for it, you’re out of luck this year. It’s sold out.
The Turkey Day Traipse is not a run, but a hike at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N., Bellevue, Neb. The hike leaves from the Nature Center at 9 a.m. and hits the trails for some beautiful views and peaceful scenery. Just a note: The Nature Center is not open so no bathroom access will be available that morning. Also, you’ll need to pay admission to enjoy this hike.
More from Oh My! Omaha: