Central Ohio turkey trotters race for glory—and pumpkin pies.

The agony and ecstasy of long-distance running isn't the only reason to lace up your sneakers on Thanksgiving. As the number of turkey-day races has increased in Central Ohio in recent years, so has the swag. Many organizers go beyond giving out traditional medals and T-shirts to attract the masses on the busiest running day of the year. Here's what some Central Ohio races will offer to the estimated 25,000 runners expected to cross the finish line on Nov. 23, ranked according to Columbus Monthly's five-point Turkey Trot Scale of Awesomeness (patent pending).

Flying Feather 4-Miler (Dublin)

Swag: Running hat, gloves, race shirt, medal, bottle of Villa Pozzi wine (non-alcoholic sparkling juice for those under 21). theflyingfeather.com

Rank: 4 out of 5 points

Powell Turkey Trot

Swag: Race shirt, medal (designed by local elementary school students), 22-ounce bottle of beer from Columbus craft brewer Sideswipe. powellturkeytrot.com

Rank: 3.5 out of 5 points

Thanksgiving Wattle (Grove City)

Swag: Medal, long-sleeve T-shirt, finish-line refreshments (doughnuts, bagels, bananas and water), 10-inch pumpkin pie. thanksgivingwattle.com

Rank: 3.5 out of 5 points

Columbus Turkey Trot

Swag: Medal, long-sleeved shirt, 8-inch pumpkin pie. columbusturkeytrot.com

Rank: 3 out of 5 points

Columbus Hungry Turkey Run

Swag: Hoodie, medal, cinnamon roll.


Rank: 2.5 out of 5 points

Thanks for Giving 4-Miler (New Albany)

Swag: Shirt, mini pumpkin pies (top-three finishers in each age group receive large pumpkin pies). narun.org

Rank: 2.5 out of 5 points

Granville Turkey Trot

Swag: Short-sleeved race shirt. (Top male and female finishers receive pumpkin pies.)


Rank: 1.5 out of 5 points