Get your heart pumping before the stuffing, Eagle County |

Get your heart pumping before the stuffing, Eagle County

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado
Daily file photo/Dominique Taylor/

Three thousand calories. That’s what the average person eats during Thanksgiving dinner. Gravy, butter-laden mashed potatoes pie, whipped cream, pie. Yep, it’s oh so good, but not very good for you. Why not get your metabolism going before the big meal? That ought to assuage some of the post-meal guilt. And you know you’re not going to feel like it after, when the tryptophan-laden coma has set in, so do your body a favor and check out one of these local events before you tuck in to the turkey.

Burn off some calories with the Turkey Trot before you sit down and consume a few thousand. The 5th annual Eagle-Vail Turkey Trot is a 5k run/walk through Eagle-Vail Thanksgiving morning. The event benefits the Youth Foundation After School Enrichment Programs. In addition to supporting The Youth Foundation’s largest program, PwrHrs After School, the event will also raise money to support a new scholarship fund, the Eric Spry Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in memory of local runner and Battle Mountain High School graduate, Eric Spry, who was the winner of the first annual Turkey Trot. Kids and dogs are welcome, as are costumes. Special prizes will be given for the best costumes. The Turkey Trot is $10 per person. For more information or questions about sponsorship opportunities call 970-763-7013 or email

Take a break from checking on the bird in the oven Thursday morning and head over to the base of Vail Mountain for the eighth annual Gobble Wobble, a hike up Vail Mountain led by local mountaineer and coach Ellen Miller. Participants meet at the base of the gondola and promptly start hiking at 7:30 a.m.”And hopefully we end up at the gondola at 9 a.m., when it opens, to come down,” Miller said.”It’s a little community event to show gratitude,” she continued. “The idea is to get people moving and hiking and getting their heart rates up before they go and stuff themselves.”Miller suggests YakTrax, though some people chose to skin up on their skis. The event is free and all abilities are welcome to join. Call 970-476-7960 to learn more.

Over at Aria Spa & Club, trainer Patti Hyre will teach her annual Turkey Blast Camp at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. This intense 45-minute class focused on cardio and strength training is a good way to get your metabolism moving before you hop on the turkey train. The T-Day classes have been a tradition for the past eight years, Hyre said. “It is one of the busiest days in the gym. It is a fun workout, with great energy,” said Hyre, the group fitness supervisor at Aria. “Everyone is excited to burn extra calories before their dinner.”There’s also a 90-minute “turkey spin” class at 9:30 a.m. if you want to cycle your stress away. Classes are free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 970-476-7400 to learn more.

Yoga instructors Katie McDonald, Julie Clarke, Elena Georgouses and Jim Powell will teach this gratitude-centered yoga class at Dogma Athletica in Edwards Thursday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. McDonald said to expect a “peaceful meditation, mantra and vinyasa flow restorative poses to send you home with a full heart and compassionate mind on a day dedicated to thanksgiving for family, friends, and all that we experience.” This is a by-donation class, and in the spirit of helping families in need in Eagle County, all proceeds will be donated to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Call 970-688-4433 to learn more.High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at or 970-748-2984.

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