Thanksgiving is a day full of traditions — and a great opportunity to catch up with family and friends. Although, if you're looking to experience get outside, here are seven fun things to do outdoors this Thanksgiving weekend.
Run, Walk or Trot
There is a lot of organized running, walking, and trotting taking place Thanksgiving Day 2015 with the opportunity to work up that appetite while giving back to the community. Here are a few to get you started.
Turkey Day Run
This race begins at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza located in front of the Arizona State Capitol Complex in downtown Phoenix. This turkey run offers four race options: a 10K starting at 8 a.m.; a 5K at 8:05 a.m.; a one-mile gobbler dash which will begin at 7:30 a.m.; and for the kids, a tot trot starting at 9:30 a.m. This race is partnered with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and participants are asked to bring any amount of non-perishable food donation for collection. Upon finishing the race, there will be a Kid Zone where you’ll find opportunities for face painting and other arts and crafts. There is also a costume contest for all participants where prizes will be rewarded in several different categories.
Thanksgiving Day Classic
This race is being held at 16101 N. 83rd Avenue in Peoria. The featured races are a 10-miler beginning at 8 a.m., a 5K starting at 8:15 a.m., and a 1-miler at 8:20 a.m. Proceeds from this race go to the Peoria Diamond Club, a nonprofit organization helping local youth programs.
Turkey Trot 5K
The Turkey Trot 5K is being held in several locations throughout the Balley, including Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Mesa and Anthem. Most races will be starting at 8 a.m., with options for adults and children alike.
Take a Hike
The Phoenix area is filled with trails and there is no better time to hit the trails than during the cool fall months. Here are a couple of easy trails that the whole family can enjoy.
Piestewa Peak – Nature Trail # 304
Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance: 1.52 miles round trip
This hike is a nice way to get out into nature for any level of hiker. Consider this more of a nature walk, an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.
Superstition Wilderness: Hieroglyphics Trail #101
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 3 miles round trip
Not only is this hike a great introduction to the Superstition Wilderness Area, it is a great hike for out-of-town guests as well as something fun for the whole family. Be sure to bring your camera, as there are some beautiful desert views along with some great opportunities to capture some new Thanksgiving memories.
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Go Ice Skating
Ice-skating in the desert? Yep. City Skate located in downtown Phoenix is having its grand opening and tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 28. Hours are 3 to 11 p.m. So grab your skates and go experience some winter fun right here in the desert.
Experience the Desert’s Fall Colors
Boyce Thompson Arboretum is holding its Fall Foliage Finale on Saturday and Sunday, November 28 and 29. There will be live music and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while catching some of the desert’s most amazing fall colors. Be sure to bring your camera with you on this trip, as the Arboretum promises memories in the making with beautiful examples Sonoran Desert landscapes and vegetation.