9 Ways to Earn Your Bird on Thanksgiving Day

From turkey trots to slower-than-gravy yoga flows—a cornucopia of ways to sweat before you feast this Thanksgiving.

By Kirsten Dobroth November 25, 2019

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Turkey Trots

Eagle-Vail's 13th Annual Turkey Trot

8:30 a.m., Eagle-Vail Swimming Pool, Eagle-Vail

Benefits from Eagle-Vail's yearly 5k run (or walk) on Turkey Day benefit the Eric Spry Memorial Fund and YouthPower365, and you can donate cans and non-perishable goods to the Community Market when you sign in on Thanksgiving morning. Pro-tip: get there early—the first 750 people to check in get a custom shirt, and pre-race Bloody Marys. Dogs and costumes are encouraged ($15 for pre-race registration, $20 for day-of registration).

Brush Creek Elementary's 9th Annual Turkey Trot

9 to 11 a.m., Brush Creek Elementary School, Eagle

You can trot for 1-mile, or sign the whole family up for a 5k jaunt on Thanksgiving morning, with a silent auction and hot beverages waiting at the finish line in the school's gymnasium after the run ($25 for individual 1-mile or 5k run, $65 for a family of 4, $10 for each additional family member).

Yoga Flows

Burn the Bird Hot Yoga

9 to 10:15 a.m., Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon

If your idea of guilt-free feasting is working up a cornucopia of sweat, sign up for the Westin's "Burn the Bird" yoga class for an hour-long flow that will do just that ($40 for nonmembers).


Grateful Flow at Anahata Yoga & Wellness

9 to 10 a.m., Anahata Yoga & Wellness, Minturn

Yogis of all levels are welcome to join the flow at Minturn's yoga studio—just don't forget a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry as your ticket to class (and to register beforehand).

Thanksgiving Day Asana Practice

10 to 11:30 a.m., Vail Athletic Club & Spa, Vail Village

The VAC's Turkey Day yoga class is all about gratitude and grace, as all yogi levels are welcome to flow with local teacher Shakti Redding for an hour-and-a-half before they feast ($20 for non-members).

Aerobic Classes

Torch the Turkey

8:30 a.m., Dogma Athletica, Edwards

Dogma's offering a full-body blast before you stuff yourself with turkey at a special price: $10 plus a non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food pantry (space is limited, so be sure to register ahead of time).

Turkey Burner-HIIT Circuit 

8:30 to 9:30 a.m., The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon

High-intensity interval training is on the menu at the Westin for Turkey Day—we're guessing it will leave you (very) hungry for the day's main course ($40 for nonmembers).

Pre-Turkey Cycle

8:30 & 10 a.m., PeloDog, Avon

Avon's new cycling studio has two chances for you to sweat it out on Thanksgiving morning, two 60-minute classes that will get your heart pumping long before the tryptophan kicks in ($30 for a drop-in).

And don't forget ...

Vail and Beaver Creek mountains are now open for the season (and it's supposed to dump most of the week), so if you don't make it to class, we're guessing we'll see you on the hill.




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