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slides: 6 Turkey Trots + Holiday Runs in Rhode Island

Monday, November 19, 2012


Not looking forward to the guilt that will inevitably set in after enjoying your delicious Thanksgiving dinner? You're within good reason. The average American gains 7 to 12 pounds between the Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays. According to Kimberly S. Maloomian, RD, LDN, the Lead Dietitian at the Center for Bariatric Surgery at the Miriam Hospital, just the Thanksgiving dinner and dessert can add up to 1800-2200 calories. Add in appetizers, alcohol, or soda drinks, and you're looking at about 2600 calories. You'd have to run about 22-26 miles to burn all that off.

Combat those extra holiday pounds by lacing up for one of these local Turkey Trots and other Thanksgiving races! We break down a couple of major threats to your waistline and have the races to erase those inches.

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Pre-Feast Calorie Hit

You may not think that the Thanksgiving pre-game takes a calorie toll, but it does. You'll need at least one fun run to undo this delicious damage:

1 Thanksgiving cocktail: 250 calories

3 crackers with cheese: 210 calories

1/2 cup mixed nuts: 440 calories

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Newport Pie Run

NewportFed Pie Run, November 22

The NewportFed Pie Run is organized by the Newport Running Club and held annually on Thanksgiving morning. The race begins promptly at 8:30am in front of the Newport County YMCA in Middletown. The 5-mile USATF sanctioned road race and 3-mile non-competitive walk will wind through a scenic course complete with panoramic views of Sachuest Beach. An awards presentation will take place at 9:30am. Participants are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item on race day to be donated to a local food bank. Click here to register.

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Main Course Calorie Hit

Get ready to run at least two Turkey Trots to even up the score with a classic Thanksgiving main course. Here's how it breaks down (and this isn't counting seconds!):

6 oz. white/dark turkey meat: 340 calories

1/2 cup stuffing: 180 calories

1/2 cup cranberry sauce: 190 calories

1/2 cup mashed potatoes + gravy: 300 calories

1/2 cup green bean casserole: 225 calories

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East Greenwich Trot

East Greenwich Hill and Harbour Turkey Trot, November 24

Presented by the Main Street Assocation of East Greenwich, this sanctioned and certified 5K race starts at 9am on Duke Street of East Greenwich. Participants can walk or run the course, which will include Main Street, the waterfront, and the hill district. A $100 prize will be awarded to the top male and female finishers. The top two in each age group will receive gifts from East Greenwich Shops.

A 1-mile Fun Run will be held at 8:30am, with medals awarded to the first 400 finishers. Festivities after the race will include refreshments, crafts, music, and family fun activities. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned good on race day as a donation to the East Greenwich Interfaith Food Cupboard. For more info and registration, click here.

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Dessert Calorie Hit

And you know you can't eat just one piece...

1 piece apple pie: 410 calories

1 piece pumpkin pie: 180 calories

1 piece pecan pie: 480 calories

1/2 cup whipped cream: 75 calories

1/2 cup ice cream: 145 calories

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Barrington Trot

13th Annual Trot Off Your Turkey, November 24

This Thanksgiving tradition will take place at St. Luke's School in Barrington, RI. There will be a 5K and a 1.5-mile race, both of which start at 10am and can be ran or walked. The course is on the flat, paved roads that surround St. Luke's School and Parish. The presentation of awards and prizes will take place in the gymnasium of the school. Cash prizes, trophies, and awards will be given to the top finishers of both the 5K and the 1.5 mile race in the categories of the top overall male and female finishers, the top 3 in each age group, and the top 3 in the team division. Other activities will include a post-race party complete with turkey soup and a raffle to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and TapIn. Receive one free raffle ticket for each canned good or non-perishable food item brought or buy tickets at the event. Proceeds from the race will benefit St. Luke's School. Visit the website www.trotoffyourturkey.org for more race info and registration.

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Leftovers Calorie Hit

You survived the feast but you're digging into the leftovers. And the calories just keep adding up:

1 turkey sandwich with mayo + cranberry sauce: 450 calories

1 open face turkey sandwich with stuffing + gravy: 290 calories

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Willow Tree Family Trot

Willow Tree Family Turkey Trot, November 22

The Willow Tree Family Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving morning at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The 5K will start at 10am and is open to both runners and walkers. A Turkey Trot 1K race will be open to youth aged 14 and under. Individual awards for the 5K will be given to the top 3 men and women aged 39 and under, and the top male and female in each other age group. Individual awards for the youth 1K will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers. Team Awards will be awarded to the top teams in the categories of Family and Friends, Corporate, YMCA, Gym, Charity, and Pub Teams. Save $10 at registration when you register for the Family Turkey Trot and the December 2 Downtown Jingle 5K at the same time! Go here to find out more, register, create a team, or volunteer.

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Block Island Trot

8th Annual 5K Turkey Trot, November 24

Walk or run this 5K Run Around the Block on the rolling black top roads of Block Island. The race begins at 1pm, starting and finishing at the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion. The roadway is marked at 1-mile intervals, with a water stop at the race's halfway point. Make a day of the trip to the island and enjoy the attractions that make this a great getaway spot. The last ferry after the race departs to Point Judith at 5pm. Register here and discover more ways to make the most of the day here.

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Christmas is coming!

Are you feeling better equipped to take on those Thanksgiving calories? Because those Thanksgiving runs were just the warmup! All the egg nog, holiday treats, and of course, that delicious Christmas dinner can add up to pounds that you'll have to make it your New Year's resolution to lose. Don't let it catch you off guard! Check out this head start race, next...

Photo: kristin_a/flickr

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Christmas 10K/5K

29th Annual Christmas 10K Run & 5K Walk, December 9

The 29th Annual Christmas 10K Run & 5K Walk begins at Rogers High School in Newport at 10am. The race is held to help raise money for women with cancer who are treated through the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. The course in Newport will be colorfully decorated and festive, and some even dress up in holiday costumes. While this in itself makes this event a great time, the best part is undoubtedly seeing men and women of all ages and backgrounds come together to help women whose lives have been touched by cancer. Awards will be given and refreshments made available in the Rogers High School cafeteria after the race. Register here!


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