2019 Thanksgiving Races & Family Events Near Lawrence, KS

“Tryptophan makes me too tired to do anything on Thanksgiving!” 
 
We hear you—we really do. The thought of getting up and out of the house on Thanksgiving is a violation of long-standing holiday rules. But the old tryptophan excuse won’t fly anymore. Either find a better excuse or join all the cool kids in celebrating the newest Thanksgiving tradition: leaving the couch. 
 
Where should you go if the sofa is off-limits? All around Lawrence, several special Thanksgiving events start on Turkey Day (and, if you’re a glutton for punishment, the area’s got numerous 5K morning races). So, lace up them sneakers. Here are some of your best local options.

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Top Thanksgiving Races Near Lawrence

Ready to burn off extra calories on Thanksgiving? Register to walk, jog, or run till your shins splint at these Thanksgiving races near Lawrence. 

runLawrence Thanksgiving Day 5K

Over the Kansas River, just north of our Subaru dealership in Lawrence, is Woodlawn School. On Thanksgiving morning, Woodlawn becomes home to the city’s annual 5K fundraiser for local youth running programs. Participants will push it to the limit as they make their way from the school’s parking lot to the finish line (also at the school’s parking lot—who knew?). There’s even a free children’s Fun Run; kids who finish the short 1-km race will receive a medal and a few high-fives along the way. 
 
Sign up and get more info at runlawrence.org
 

Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day 10K & 5K

Run for fun? No. Run for pie. The Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day race in Kansas City celebrates the holiday by giving all racers a free pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie and a morning 10K is just what the doctor ordered on Thanksgiving. Pie. Pie. Pie. Need we say more?
 
Register at wardparkwaythanksgivingdayrun.com for the 5K or 10K as an individual or a team.
 

Thanksgiving Day 5k & Family Stroll

Held at the Spring World HQ in Overland Park, KS, this Thanksgiving holiday race is perfect for families and avid runners alike. At 9 AM, the 5K begins, sending racers all along the Spring Campus. At 10 AM the Kids Fun Run starts. All registrants will get a long-sleeved shirt, donuts, hot cocoa, coffee, and even more donuts. Proceeds benefit the Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation and WIN for KC, two Overland Park nonprofits. 
 
Register here to get your bib and registrant number. 
 

Kansas City Turkey Trot 5K/8K

The Thanksgiving Day tradition continues at Arrowhead Stadium! More than 60,000 runners from all over the U.S. will be competing this year. Run for charity, compete in the Team O’ Turkeys race, or just finish for scrumptious Donut King donuts—whatever excuse you need to get up and exercise on Thanksgiving is cool in our book. Both the 5K and 8K races start at 9 AM, so prepare to get your pre-turkey workout in early.
 
Run the tradition. Sign up online at missouriruns.com
 

2019 Pilgrim Run & 5K

Give back to the community, burn calories, and celebrate the holidays with family by joining the Pilgrim Run 5K at Pilgrim Chapel. Wear a festive outfit for a chance to win the Best Costume contest. And if you join as a team, make sure to pick a clever name; Best Team Name awards will be handed out, too. 
 
Registration fees benefit the Pilgrim Center, a not-for-profit that supports midtown Kansas City. Visit the race event page for details and registration info.

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Top Holiday Events for Families Near Lawrence

Rather let your tummy live life to the fullest—literally—this Thanksgiving? Take a break and celebrate with the whole family at these popular 2019 Thanksgiving events near KC. 
 

Holiday Lights on Farmstead

Once you down that fourth plate of Thanksgiving goodies—and after a nap—venture to Overland Park for the grand opening of Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead’s holiday light show. Stay warm inside your Subaru Ascent, tune into 90.5 Rose FM, and celebrate the start of the X-Mas season with a synchronized Christmas lights show. It doesn’t get much better.
 
Watch this YouTube clip for a sneak peek of this year’s 2019 lights show, and check out opkansas.org for directions, hours, and additional details. 
 

18th Annual Holiday Open House and Craft Show

With immense rustic flare, Barb’s Country Barn is a staple within Topeka’s rabid antiquing community. So too is her Holiday Open House and Craft Show, an annual tradition not unlike Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. This year’s Thanksgiving event in Topeka is held during the weekend of November 23 and 24, and visitors can expect a mad rush of knick-knack-seekers from start to finish. Vendors will be selling bath bombs, handcrafted jewelry, towels, fudge, honey, candy, antiques, and much more. 
 
View Barb’s event page for details, times, and an entire list of the year’s vendors. 
 

The POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

The excitement always ramps up on Thanksgiving when Baldwin City’s Midland Railway begins its POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. As one of the best holiday events for families around, the POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride offers passengers a “magical one-hour trip to the North Pole,” complete with hot cocoa, cookies, sleigh bells, and a reading of the classic children’s book. Who knows—maybe Jolly Old Saint Nick will make a guest appearance, gifts in tow. 
 
Purchase your Thanksgiving Day tickets early because they sell out fast. (And don’t forget to wear your jammies.)
 

WinterFest at Worlds of Fun

Just because its waterpark is closed doesn’t mean Worlds of Fun isn’t a great fall destination. From November 23 to December 31, the Kansas City amusement park enters “holiday mode,” transforming the park into a nighttime winter wonderland fit for an ice king. Festive live shows, performances by celebrity holiday characters, ice skating, cookie decorating, Christmas lights—you name it, WinterFest’s got it. Talk about turning the dial on seasonal cheer to 11. 
 
View open attractions and purchase your WinterFest tickets online. (And wear winter clothes instead of jammies.)
 

Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays

Expect sugar and spice and everything nice at the Topeka Performing Arts Center around Thanksgiving this year. From November 22 to 24, guests can nibble on homemade candy while strolling down Sweet Tooth Lane, construct gingerbread houses at Graham Cracker Junction, and watch Topeka N-Trak’s model trains go choo-choo
 
All proceeds will help fund the TPAC’s Youth Education Programs, of which we’re big fans. If you can spare the $3 admission fee, we highly recommend visiting GBHH. Click here for more details about this family-favorite holiday event in Topeka.
 
Turns out there’s more to Thanksgiving than mashed potatoes, turkey, and family drama. Lots more, in fact. For an even bigger, better, brighter Thanksgiving with the family, let us hook you up with one of our new or used Subaru vehicles. Give McCarthy Subaru of Lawrence a call at (785) 856-7127 to ask about our amazing holiday specials and Subaru lease offers
 
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and tryptophan responsibly.

Sources:

midlandrailway.org/polar-express

worldsoffun.com/play/winterfest

topekaperformingarts.org/p/events/gingerbread-homes-for-the-holidays

opkansas.org/events/holiday-lights-on-farmstead-lane

youtube.com/watch?v=7hTNn3iVO0A

facebook.com/events/448982822317283

runlawrence.org/TDay5k.html

sportkc.org/thanksgiving-day-5k

missouriruns.com/kansascityturkeytrot

wardparkwaythanksgivingdayrun.com

facebook.com/events/pilgrim-chapel/2019-pilgrim-run-5k-runwalk/2478065038916999

scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-does-turkey-make-you-sleepy
 
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