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Photo: Queens Distance Runners
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Don’t fret about having a second slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, there are plenty of fun, upcoming activities to burn off calories in Queens.

First of all, there’s an opportunity to exercise before the Big Meal. Queens Distance Runners will host Thanksgiving Trek, a relaxed group run through five parks, on Turkey Day, Nov. 24.

Some joggers will gather at 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills at 7:10 a.m. Others will come together at 82nd Street and 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights at 7:10 a.m. They all will then run to the Unisphere, which is about three miles from both starting points.

Regardless of where they begin, participants will take a break at the Unisphere for a photo at 8 a.m. (Others will join the run there.) Then those present will cruise at a leisurely pace through the following parks: Flushing Meadows, Kissena, Cunningham, Alley Pond, and Crocheron. Here’s the official route.

Those looking to get outdoors after the Big Meal can partake in the Black Friday Hike on Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. After assembling at the adventure center on Winchester Boulevard, Urban Park Rangers will lead a nature hike through Alley Pond Park.

Then on Saturday, Nov. 26, Flushing’s World Ice Arena will hold its annual Turkey Scramble at 5 p.m. This lightly competitive event features skating races for all ages and skill levels, exhibitions, and interpretive dances on ice.

The NYC Parks Department facilitates the World’s Fair Adventure Quest on Sunday, Nov. 27, starting at 10 am in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This team challenge is part scavenger hunt and part walking tour. With a few physical challenges, sleuths use photo clues, searches, and knowledge of local history to solve mysteries. (The meeting location will be announced after registration.)

Editor’s note: New York Road Runners will also facilitate two free, volunteer-led, family-friendly jogs. Both are about 2.5 miles and open to all ages and experience levels as well as walkers, strollers, and dogs. The first one begins at Astoria Park Track on Nov. 26 at 9 a.m.; the second is at the same time in Cunningham Park on Nov. 27. (Meet off Union Turnpike at the comfort station between the tennis courts and baseball fields.)

 

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