Now that autumn is officially here, Springfield’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition is just around the corner.
Early Bird Registration is now closed, but you can still sign up to be part of the 22nd Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk! On-site registration is in person only, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Race Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 6:15-7 a.m. at the Springfield Expo Center, $25/adults, $20/kids 12 and younger.
Turkey Trot is Springfield’s largest timed 5K run/walk of the year and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, attracting more than 7,000 participants a year. Proceeds from the event benefit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Turkey Trot also serves as one of the largest one-day food drives of the year for Ozarks Food Harvest, with more than 6,500 meals donated at the event last year.
Participants may register for one of four race categories, each with staggered start times:
For runners who have completed a timed 5K race in the last 18 months in less than 21 minutes / men and 24 minutes / women. No dogs or strollers allowed. Elite category starts first.
For runners who will run the entire race without walking breaks. No dogs or strollers allowed. The Runner cateogry starts second, just after Elite.
For anyone participating with a group, small children or a stroller. Participants may run or walk. No dogs. This category starts third, just after Runner.
For anyone participating with a dog on a leash. Participants may run or walk. Strollers, familys and groups are allowed. Please clean up after your dog. Pet category starts last.
No matter which race category, participants’ individual race times begin when they cross the starting line and end at the finish line.