Stretchy pants? Who needs them! Work up an appetite you’ll feel good about at the Gobbler Turkey Trot. The trot begins at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Go! Running. Here are six reasons you’ll be thankful for this family-friendly fall event.

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1. Make a new tradition:  The Gobbler Turkey Trot has become a Thanksgiving tradition for Go! Running, which has hosted the race since 2012. A family-friendly event, the race is a great way to incorporate a new tradition to Thanksgiving Day. Bonus: Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed. (Image source)

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2. Take  a pilgrimage around the Heights and Hillcrest: The trot takes runners on roads, tracks and trails through the Heights and Hillcrest. Participants can choose a 3-, 4- or 6.5-mile run. The 3-mile run is stroller friendly. (Image source)

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3. Donate to a good cause: The race is free with a donation. Participants are asked to bring a canned food or cash donation for the Arkansas Food Bank. Last year, the Gobbler Turkey Trot donated over 2,300 pounds of food to the Arkansas Food Bank.  (Image source)

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4. Prepare for the feast: The race is a great way to work up an appetite for the most important food day all year. (Image source)

5. Win a pie: Runners who sign up the morning of the race will be in the running to win a Thanksgiving pie! (Image source)

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6. See Santa!: Guests of all ages will get to see Santa, who will be collecting donations at the Gobbler Turkey Trot. (Image source)

Register for the race here. Registration ends November 25.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Tell us in the comments below!