Last year was the 36th running of the Tallahassee Turkey Trot and 5,116 people finished one of the four races helping to make it our largest race yet. This year we celebrate the 37th running of the event. It is not your ordinary competitive event. While there is no doubt there will be fast runners, it is also a day for families and friends to come together. The Tallahassee community has responded to this event in a very special way to create a truly unique atmosphere. Thanksgiving Day is a day that brings us all together, gives us time to reflect on the positive things in our lives and motivates us to share just a little bit extra with the community we call home. It is a great day for a race.
We hope you will be part of this year’s race; it is your chance to be part of something special. Here’s how you can do it.
Four races to choose from
Celebrate your health and fitness by finishing one of the following races:
The Turkey Gobbler 1 mile race
5K (3.1 miles)
10K (6.2 miles)
15K (9.3 miles)
The Turkey Gobbler, which is a great race for kids and walkers, is a 1 mile fun run/walk that starts at 8:00 a.m. The 5K, 10K and 15K races start at 8:30 a.m. on Esplanade Way in Southwood.
Where should I park?
Trying to find parking place for 5,000 runners is a challenge. The first thing you can do to help is to car pool. But for those who drive themselves, there are three main lots for parking. The easiest lot to access is located in front of the Department of Revenue buildings. This lot is on the west side of Capital Circle between Merchants Row and Shumard Oak. Please be careful when crossing Capital Circle.
The second lot is on the east side of Captial Circle, which is also between Merchants Row and Shumard Oak. You can access it from either end, but it will fill up if you do not arrive early. And the lines to get into the lot get longer as the start time approaches.
The third lot is south of Shumard Oak. It is the first lot on the right if you turn onto Shumard Oak from Capital Circle. The Northside Kiwanis Club has been helping runners by giving us a place to park for more than 11 years now. Please be sure and thank them for their help on race day!
Where can I pick up my race packets?
Participants may pick up packets at the Music Fest (Nov. 18) or at Capital City Runners Store (Nov. 19-21 at 1866 Thomasville Road). Early registration and packet pick up is strongly encouraged to assure you get a Turkey Trot t-shirt.
The courses are USATF certified thanks to the good work of Bill McGuire. The races will begin on Esplanade Way between Merchants Row and Shumard Oaks Boulevard. Last year we modified the course to better accommodate the large crowds. All races except the 1 mile race start together and finish at the same point. However, unlike past years, the 5K will split from the 10K and 15K just before the 2 mile mark. The 10K and 15K will split on Grove Park Drive, with the 10K proceeding clockwise around the lake and the 15K going clockwise to Hemingway Boulevard. This change was made in an effort to reduce the congestion on the course.
This year the race will again use a timing chip, but we will add a timing mat at the starting line. This will enable us to record your net time and allow you to relax some about where you line up. The chip is on the back of your race bib number, so please leave it there and pin your number to the FRONT of your short or shorts. Do not fold your number. Our goal is to be able to score the race quickly and accurately.
We ask that runners line up based on estimated pace. Please look for the corral that corresponds to your estimated pace per mile. The first corral will be for runners who plan to run 6:30 minutes per mile or faster. The second corral will be reserved for runners who can maintain a faster pace than 8:00 per mile.
PLEASE no animals and no headsets. The crowds are just too big. You owe it to your fellow runners to make the course safe for everyone.