A day for family, feasting and football for most, many Loudouners celebrate Thanksgiving on the run.

There are numerous turkey trot-type events this month for those seeking to burn off some pre-dinner calories or to contribute to charitable efforts. 

The events kicks off Saturday, Nov. 20 with the Freeze Your Gizzard 5K and 1 Mile Run at Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park. In its 19th year, the event draws thousands of runners and raises donations of cash and food for Loudoun Hunger Relief, the county’s largest food pantry. Learn more and register at idalee.org.

Dirt Farm Brewing is well-known for its stunning views of the Loudoun valleys from the tasting room’s perch high on the Blue Ridge. The breweries steep driveway can be a bit of a challenge for many vehicles, but on the day before Thanksgiving visitors are invited to make it a hike. For the third year, the brewery is offering a Pre-Turkey Hill Climb. Starting at 9 a.m. patrons may park at the tasting room, walk down the driveway and hike back up—as many times as they wish before 11 a.m. The hike is free. At the top of the ridge, beer-mosas and apple cider donuts await. Learn more at dirtfarmbrwing.com.

The granddaddy of Loudoun’s turkey tot events is the Ashburn Farm 5K/10K/Fun Run. For nearly three decades, thousands of runners have gotten up early Thanksgiving morning to follow 10K, 5K or one-mile fun run routes through the neighborhood streets. The event is organized by Crossroads Methodist Church. Funds raised support the church’s mission outreach providing education to children in Uganda. The race starts 8:15 a.m. sharp—leaving plenty of time to get home in time for turkey dinner. Learn more at crossroadsnova.org/10K.