We don’t have statistics or anything, but one could safely assume that most of us consume more calories on Thanksgiving than on any other day — aside from that trip to the buffet on April 20, possibly. They say it’s all about moderation, but realistically it’s hard to control yourself when you’re seated right smack dab in front of two pounds of butter-filled mashed potatoes, liquid fat and flour (hello, gravy), a mountain of candied yams, and a bird large enough to sustain a small village for a day. Let’s be honest here: You’re going to eat like a pig, just like everyone else at the table. So if you want to average out the caloric intake, you’re going to have to exercise (and no, clearing the table doesn’t count). For that, head over to the Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot & Paddle.
With registration taking place between 6 and 7:15 a.m. Thursday, it’s the perfect opportunity to work up an appetite for America’s most gluttonous day. Participants are invited to walk, jog, run, or paddle along Fort Lauderdale Beach. (If weather conditions aren’t conducive to being on the water, paddlers can switch to a land-based workout.) The event itself starts at 7:30 a.m. Awards will be handed out at 8:30 a.m. The cost to run is $35 per adult, $25 per student, $30 for those with a military ID, and $20 per kid under 12. Paddlers are $35 per person, and you must bring your own board. The race is kicking off from the corner of SE Fifth Street and Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Visit turkeytrotFTL.com.
Thu., Nov. 27, 2014