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Thanksgiving tradition continues at Vancouver’s Granville Island Turkey Trot

More than 1,500 participants finished the 19th Granville Island Turkey Trot in what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Vancouver.

Granville Island Turkey Trot

My very first race medal! Thanks @turkeytrotrun! #runvan

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Though more of a traditional event for Thanksgiving in the United States, Granville Island in Vancouver was once again the site for a Turkey Trot on Monday. There were 1,798 entrants in the 19th annual race on Monday with 1,583 finishers, according to race timing company Sportstats.

The race hosted a kids run on Sunday and a 10K on Monday as runners may have burned off any turkey or Thanksgiving meals that preceded the race. Runners and walkers took to Instagram to post photos and included captions such as “thankful for a 10K PB…but mostly for pumpkin pie,” and “what better way to burn off the turkey dinner than a 10K?” among others.

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The race, officially known as the Granville Island Turkey Trot, started and finished on the very-popular peninsula located across from downtown Vancouver. The area is a bustling shopping district for locals and visitors to the city. The route is one loop of False Creek as participants cross the Burrard Bridge and head east to Science World. The route then follows the waterfront path along the southern edge of False Creek before returning to Granville Island and the finish.

The race regularly attracts more than 1,000 people from the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond. An added bonus for participants is that their race bib doubles as a ticket for a free beer at a local Mahony & Sons in Vancouver.

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Christian Gravel won the men’s 10K in 33:08 and Amelie De Fenoyl won the women’s 10K in 37:22.

The race is part of what is known as the RUNVAN Hat-trick as the non-profit hosts the BMO Vancouver Marathon, the Granville Island Turkey Trot and the Fall Classic this year. The Turkey Trot was the second of three RUNVAN events this year. A long-sleeve shirt is available for those who complete the trifecta of races.

Results can be found here.


What better way to burn off the turkey dinner than a 10km? #turkeytrot #runvan ???‍♀️

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Happy thanksgiving to all my fellow turkeys ?

A photo posted by Chantelle Fawcett (@chantellefawcett) on

1:12:33 woo! #10km #peekaboo

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Okay, now it's time to feast ? #RunVan #TurkeyTrot #Thanksgiving

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Thankful to do what I love in such a beautiful city ?

A photo posted by Mirren Smillie (@mirrensmillie) on

Perfect day for the #turkeytrot2016 #runvan #historiccrane #fall ??‍♀️

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thankful for achieving a new 10km PB … but mostly for pumpkin pie ?? #lovetherun #whyirunvancouver #runvan

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