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The Festival Foods Turkey Trot always takes place on Thanksgiving Day at a variety of locations throughout the state of Wisconsin. We hope to answer any questions you may have here, but if you are still unsure feel free to contact us.

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Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA in each community where it takes place.

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Simply click on your location to be redirected to the online registration page. Registration is online only with the exception of Race Day entries.

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No, only the 5-mile run is timed. The 2-mile walk/Dog Jog are not.

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Yes, the timed results from the 5-mile run will be posted on our website late afternoon on Thanksgiving Day.

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Yes. You may walk the 5-mile run, however, you should only do so if you can maintain a pace of 18 minutes per mile or faster and finish prior to 9:30 a.m. This cut off time is established as a courtesy to our volunteers who have family obligations on the Thanksgiving holiday. If you do not think you can finish 5 miles prior to 9:30 a.m., you are encouraged to participate in the 2-mile walk.

Similarly, participants may run in the 2-mile walk but should understand that this event is NOT timed and there will be no awards given.

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Strollers and wagons are permitted with restrictions — all participants with strollers or wagons must start at the back of each group to minimize tripping hazards. Competitive running with jog strollers is strongly discouraged and could jeopardize future access of stroller participants in this event.

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No, you do not need to pay for a young child who is being pushed or pulled in a stroller or wagon. The only reason you might consider registering them is if you would like them to receive a shirt and pie — only paid participants will receive a pie and shirt.

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No. The only “wheels” allowed on the race course are strollers or wagons for transporting the younger members of the family and wheelchairs. No bikes, no inline skates, no skateboards, no Big Wheels, no trikes, no exceptions. We do ask that anyone using acceptable wheels start at the back of their wave.

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Dogs must be well socialized, nonaggressive dogs who are up to date on vaccinations are welcome. All participants with dogs will start at approximately 8:15 a.m. or after all other participants have crossed the starting line.

Dogs are not allowed on the 5-mile course so this is a 2-mile walk only. Strollers and people without dogs are also allowed in this wave. If these guidelines are not followed we run the risk of not allowing dogs in future events.

Learn more about the Dog Jog

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The Turkey Trot will have three waves:

  • Wave One: 5-mile Run
  • Wave Two: 2-mile Walk
  • Wave Three: Dog Jog

Stroller participants for both the 5-mile run and 2-mile walk will be in wave three. Look for signage at your specific location to ensure you will end up on the correct course!

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You may wear your music listening device, however, please keep the volume at a low enough level so that you may hear course officials and fellow participants. This is for your own safety and shows good running course etiquette!

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There will be ONE fluid station serving water at the halfway point of the 5-mile run. There will be no fluid stations on the 2-mile walk. Water will be served at the finish line — if you require more fluids, please feel free to bring your own.

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Yes. Each of the top five overall finishers (male and female) across the finish line for the 5-mile run will receive a $20 Festival Foods gift card handed out at the finish line. There will be no awards ceremony at the event. The 5-mile run will offer chip timed results that will be posted online late afternoon on Thanksgiving Day.

There are no awards given for the 2-mile walk as it is not a timed event.

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The Appleton location's course will cross train tracks at two points. We work closely with the railroad to ensure that our participants are not stopped at these crossings but it is very likely to happen.

Railroads are a federally controlled transportation entity, having certain rights and privileges which are not controlled locally. Yes, it’s hard to stop a train but we certainly try and your safety is our top priority. Please use caution and common sense!

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If you registered more than one person you will receive a summary email including all registrants and then each individual registrant will also receive an email.

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