New this year, packet pickup will close at 7:30 on Thanksgiving morning in order to allow all Trotters the time to be ready at the start line for the 8:00 AM start.
A: The event will not be accepting cash payments. Please plan to bring your debit and/or credit card for any on-site purchases.
*Event accepts all major credit cards.
A: Choose your location from the Event Info page and then click on the “Register Now” button to be redirected to the online registration page. Online registration is available through Thanksgiving morning until 7:30 a.m.
A: Yes. The timed results from the 5-Mile Run will be posted on our website late afternoon on Thanksgiving Day.
A: 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.
A: 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.
A: 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.
A: 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.
A: Dogs who are well socialized, non aggressive and up-to-date on vaccinations are welcome. All participants who bring a dog will start at approximately 8:15 a.m. or after all other participants have crossed the starting line.
A: The Festival Foods Turkey Trot will have four waves:
- Wave One: 5-Mile Run
- Wave Two: 2-Mile Fun Run
- Wave Three: 2-Mile Walk
- Wave Four: Dog Jog
Stroller participants for the 5-Mile Run, 2-Mile Fun Run and the 2-Mile Walk will be in wave four. Look for signage at your specific location to ensure you end up on the correct course!
A: You may wear your music listening device, however, please keep the volume at a low enough level so that you can hear course officials and fellow participants. This is for your own safety and shows good running course etiquette!
A: 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/Fun Run. Water will be served at the finish line — if you require more fluids, please feel free to bring your own.
A: 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 events as they are not a timed event.
A: 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!