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The Alexandria Turkey Trot Is Back for Its 47th Year!

This Thanksgiving morning tradition rules the streets of Del Ray each Thanksgiving morning  

Runners assemble at the starting line of the 2021 Turkey Trot. The annual five-mile race returns Thanksgiving morning. (Photo by Will Niccolls)

By Maureen Schweers

Alexandria, VA – The five-mile run/walk starts at 9 am on Thursday, November 24, and goes through the heart of Del Ray, starting and ending at George Washington Middle School. This fast, flat, USATF-certified course is the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere Turkey Trot, featuring over 6,000 runners, including some of the fastest runners on the East coast. Dogs and strollers are welcome and have their own starting area.

Susanna Sullivan breaks the tape during the 2021 Alexandria Turkey Trot, setting a new course record time of 25:37. (Photo by Will Niccolls)

“The Turkey Trot is one of our favorite holiday traditions in Del Ray,” said Dr. Lauren Fisher, the Del Ray Business Association president. “It’s amazing seeing friends, neighbors, and generations of families running together before enjoying their Thanksgiving meal and giving back to those in need.”

The Del Ray Business Association presents a $6,000 check to ALIVE. Photo by Will Niccolls

In the spirit of the holiday, runners and spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to support ALIVE!, the oldest and largest private safety net in the City of Alexandria dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger. The 2021 race raised over $6,000 for ALIVE!, and over 2,000 pounds of food were donated to ALIVE!’s food bank.

For information and to register for the race, visit

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