Before you dig into your savory turkey—or tofurkey—dinner this Thanksgiving, steel yourself to endure those less-savory relatives and hit the streets with other Boiseans looking to "earn the bird."
The Turkey Day 5K offers your metabolism a running start and getting out there on Thanksgiving morning may just enable you to gobble a few extra helpings when you sit down for dinner.
Starting on Main Street and Capital Boulevard, the race works its way to Fort Street, through the North End and back downtown to Eighth Street.
This flat course is intended for participants of all paces and abilities—even parents pushing strollers. Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome to pace themselves and enjoy the scenery.
If you really want to get into the spirit, don a costume—the best Thanksgiving-themed attire wins a prize. There are also prizes for the top 10 male and female finishers in the race.
But beyond burning some calories, you can help those in need by donating nonperishable food items on race day or packet pick-up the day before the run. All food contributions go to the Boise Rescue Mission.
As a bonus, you'll receive a raffle ticket for each food item you donate for a chance to win prizes from local businesses.
Give the Turkey Day 5K a shot, help the Boise Rescue Mission, and give yourself a jumpstart before the tryptophan kicks in.