The Tallahassee Turkey Trot consists of four races all run on Thanksgiving morning.
Celebrate your health and fitness by finishing one of the them
The Turkey Gobbler 1 mile race – It starts everything off at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Like all the other races it starts and finishes on Esplanade. The course runs a big rectangle and there are no hills.
The Turkey Trot 5K (3.1 miles) – The 5K, the 10K and the 15K all start at 8:30 a.m. sharp. There is a hill on this course, but overall it is a very fast course.
The Turkey Trot 10K (6.2 miles) As stated above, this race starts at 8:30. It runs the same route as the 5K and the 15K for the first two miles. Runners may change races any time during those first 2 miles as long as they are careful and do not knock anyone down.
The Turkey Trot 15K (9.3 miles). Yes it starts at 8:30 with the 5K and the 10K, but it is for the dedicated runner. It is a great race if you are ready to take on the challenge. But we ask participants not to walk the race because that denies our volunteers the opportunity to get home at a reasonable time.
All four races start on Esplanade Way (4055) between Merchants Row and Shumard Oak.
Where should I park?
When you invite 7,000 plus members of your family home for the holidays, it is hard to get them all parked on the front lawn. So yes, on Thanksgiving Morning there will be a few traffic challenges. However, if you are smart and “in the know,” you can avoid a lot of the issues. First, study the map and notice where the designated parking areas are. The most common way for runners to arrive is to approach SouthWood from the North or West on Capital Circle and then turn left onto Merchants Row and park in Lot 1. Unless you are early, you will probably have to wait in line. So, study the map and look for alternatives. For example, continue past Merchants Row and turn on Shumard Oak. You can access parking Lot 1 from this direction too. Or you can follow the guides and park in Lot 2. The fastest way to get parked though is to head straight for Lot 3. It is large and accessible from Tram Road and Capital Circle. And please, be kind to the volunteers, mostly from the Northside Kiwanis Club, helping to park cars. They are there for only one reason, to make the event run smooth for you!
Where can I pick up my race packets?
Participants may pick up packets at the Turkey Trot Festival on Sunday, November 21, at Goodwood Museum & Gardens from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.. There will also be a place to requester and pick up race packets on Monday and Tuesday (Nov 22 & 23) at Premier Health and Fitness Center from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesday (Nov 24) from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Early registration and packet pick up are strongly encouraged to assure you get a Turkey Trot t-shirt in the size you want.
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. Runners are chip timed so you can relax about crossing the start time. All races except the 1 mile race share the same start and finish line. However, the 5K will split from the 10K and 15K on Grove Park just past the water tables and the 2 mile mark. The 10K and 15K will split at School House Road at Terrebone Dr. The 10K runners take a left on Terrebone, while the 15K runners go straight on School House Road until it becomes Biltmore.
This year the race will again use a timing chip, including 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 shirt or shorts. Do not fold your number. Our goal is to be able to score the race quickly and accurately. If you are running the 10K or the 15K races you also must cross the extra mats for those races to be scored in them.
We ask that runners line up at the start 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. If you will help us with this, the whole event will run smoother. If you participate with a stroller, you must start near the back of the crowd so as to avoid problems.
PLEASE NO ANIMALS The crowds are just too big. You owe it to your fellow runners to make the course safe for everyone. Runners approaching the finish line with a dog (other than a service dog) will not be allowed to finish the race. We also encourage runners to leave their head phones at home. You will enjoy the experience more! We won’t stop you from wearing headsets, but you are a danger to your fellow runners when you wear them while running in big crowds.
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