If you were waiting until the last minute to sign up for this year's Turkey Trot, you'll have to find another way to make up for all the calories you will take in over the holiday. The Turkey Chase may be your answer.
The 24th annual Piggly Wiggly Turkey Trot 5K & 10K races, set to start at 8 a.m. Thursday, reached their 1,300-runner limit Tuesday. Walkers can still register today.
"It's amazing how big this thing has gotten," race director Joe Cain said. "We don't advertise. But for some reason, people just want to run the Turkey Trot."
Cain said the race has grown steadily over the years and sold out last year, as well.
"This year, we filled up on Tuesday," Cain said. "Last year, we didn't sell out until Wednesday at noon."
The race, which many run with their families and wearing Thanksgiving-themed costumes, starts near the Chart House Restaurant and Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks and runs through Hilton Head Plantation before finishing near where it started.
The race is limited to 1,300 runners because of the confines of Hilton Head Plantation. But Cain says he isn't in a hurry to change locations.
"It's really such a tradition," Cain said. "... It's actually much more controlled for a road race there. It's private, the residents and security let us do it, traffic is controlled and they just close that back gate. It has its benefits."
Runners who missed out on the Turkey Trot, may want to try the Turkey Chase 5K. Registration runs through race day.
The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at Bluffton Oyster Company and takes runners through the historic areas of downtown Bluffton.
The event costs $20 for adults and $15 for children 15 and younger. There is an additional $5 fee for race-day registration.
Proceeds benefit the Huntington's Disease Society of America.