You Need to Ruffle Your Feathers at the Charleston Turkey Trot This Year

racers at the Charleston Turkey Trot

We all look forward to the holidays, and like everywhere else, the Charleston area has traditions rooted in the season. When Thanksgiving comes along, we all look forward to the Charleston Turkey Trot, also known as the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K. Make this your own tradition when you stay with Charleston Coast Vacations! 

Everything You Need to Know About the Charleston Turkey Trot 

The Charleston Turkey Trot has been a Lowcountry tradition for more than 100 years! Although it has changed a lot over the last century, the concept stays the same– a race on Thanksgiving day. Thousands of people have made this their own holiday tradition, and you can too! Plus, it’s a great way to burn off that turkey dinner. 

History of the Event

This holiday event was started all the way back in 1914, but it has changed and evolved over the years. What started as a footrace has evolved into a 3.1-mile run and walk– the Gobble Wobble. In 1978, the Charleston Turkey Trot was reinvented to the event we know and love today. Now, it’s one of the largest 5Ks in the nation!

The Course

The original Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble started in Charleston and ended in Summerville, but now, you’ll go in a loop downtown. The racecourse conveniently starts at Marion Square before heading south on Meeting Street past some of our favorite Charleston landmarks. Then, you’ll get to turn left onto South Battery to run past gorgeous historic homes. After, you’ll loop back onto our beloved King Street. 

After the Event

For some, the afterparty is the best part of the Charleston Turkey Trot. Congratulate yourself and mingle with friends, family, and other racers as you sip on free beer and visit the vendors. 

Time to Register! 

Registration is easy! If you’re a planner, you can register in advance online. Otherwise, you’re welcome to register in person at the registration tent on the day prior to the race or on the morning of the race. The tent is located on Marion Square– you can’t miss it! 

Book Your Thanksgiving Getaway Today

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There’s nothing like being home for the holidays, and you’ll feel right at home during your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations. Each of our vacation rentals has everything you need for the getaway of a lifetime, and what’s better than a walk on the beach after your Thanksgiving meal? Participate in our Lowcountry traditions like the Charleston Turkey Trot, cook your dinner in your vacation rental, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Browse our properties to start planning your stay today!

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Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast

Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast is the start of a wonderful holiday season. The weather is idyllic, the food is world-class, and the relaxation is top-notch! Read below for our recommendations on what to do, where to eat, and, most importantly, where to relax!

Sunset - Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast
Folly Beach, SC

First things first, let’s discuss the weather. The best weather in Charleston is in late fall/early winter. The average temperature is 67°F with sunny skies. This may sound cold to us Charlestonians, but we all know that if the sun is shining it can feel closer to 70°F or higher! That’s splendid weather for a long walk on one of the Charleston Coast beaches. Fun fact: Thanksgiving day in 2016 produced a high of 76°F with sunny skies – pretty perfect if you ask us!

Wild Blue Ropes - Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast
Photo: Wild Blue Ropes

To take advantage of the beautiful Charleston Coast weather, head outside! Your first stop (besides the beach!) should be Wild Blue Ropes for the annual Make Room for Turkey Day climb! Held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 22), this event encourages people to get outside and be active! Located just a short drive from Folly Beach, Wild Blue Ropes is a fun adventure for the entire family.

Turkey Day Run - Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast
Photo: Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble

Before indulging in the Thanksgiving feast, head downtown for the 40th Annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K. Considered a Lowcountry Thanksgiving tradition, the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble loops through Historic Charleston, beginning and ending with a party in Marion Square! Take in the sites of Historic Charleston and the fun costumes many people wear.

After running (or walking) the streets of Charleston Thanksgiving morning, it’s time for a feast! If you don’t feel like cooking, Charleston has many fabulous restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving dinner. Check out Eater Charleston for their list of open restaurants. We recommend making a reservation to ensure you have a table!

Isle of Palms - Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast
Isle of Palms, SC

On Saturday, head downtown to Marion Square for the Charleston Farmers Market or venture to one of the many plantations. If relaxation is more your style, head to the beach! Grab a beach chair or a blanket and your favorite book and set up shop on your own slice of paradise. For relaxed dining after a day at the beach, head to one of the local restaurants on Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, or Sullivan’s Island!

The Charleston Coast is your oyster for Thanksgiving week. Part of the Lowcountry lifestyle is enjoying good food with those you love and Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to embrace this tradition!