Gorge and burn

If you’re like most Americans, come this Thursday, you’ll be eating far more than you usually eat in a normal day. No worries, as there are plenty of activities this week to help you get active. Here are five events where you can burn off plenty of those extra Thanksgiving calories. Eat up!

Run to Feed the Hungry

Now in its 19th year, this annual tradition raises money for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. It offers a 5k and 10k run or walk with same-day registration (7 to 9 a.m.), and more than 27,000 people are expected to participate. 8:35 a.m. start for the 10k, and 9 a.m. start for the 5k; $40 for same-day registration. Corner of J Street and Carlson Drive, (916) 313-7654, www.runtofeedthehungry.com.

Run Turkey Run

If one day of running isn’t enough for you, check out Run Turkey Run. The event offers three days (November 23-25) of running, with daily distance options of 5k, 10k, half-marathon or marathon. You can run a marathon on the first day, a 5k on the second day, and a half-marathon on the third day. Or just run whatever distance you want on any one day. The options are numerous. 8 a.m. daily; $35-$180. William B. Pond Recreation Area, 5700 Arden Way in Carmichael; www.tracysracing.com/thanksgiving.

Sacramento Appetite Enhancement Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride

This event, which started 25 years ago, is a local Thanksgiving Day tradition. It’s a Critical Mass-style bike ride, and sometimes there’s music and sometimes people dress up. 9 a.m. Thursday, November 22; free. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street; www.facebook.com/events/275797475874965.

Hmong New Year celebration

Sure, the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo has food and cultural activities, but it also has intramural sports such as volleyball, flag football and soccer. Bring a team, and check out the website for a list of sports and sign-up times. November 22-25; $4 for admission, no extra charge for sports. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Boulevard; (916) 821-2448; hmongnewyear.com/sports2012.html.

Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink

If you’re looking to burn calories of glory, grab a pair of skates (or rent them at the rink for $2), and head to the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink presented by Sacramento Downtown Plaza. Skating burns calories pretty quickly, and the rink is even open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Hours vary; open daily through January 21, 2013; $8. Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, 701 K Street; (916) 442-8575; http://downtownsac.org/events/ice-rink.