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Early Bird Registration is now open for the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, held Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. in downtown Springfield.
Turkey Trot is Springfield’s largest timed 5K run/walk of the year and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, attracting more than 8,300 participants in 2016. Turkey Trot is held rain, snow or shine.
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 for Ozarks Food Harvest, which collected 7,700 pounds of food at the event in 2016 — enough for more than 6,600 meals.
Discount Early Bird registration, available now until Friday, Nov. 17, is $20 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under. After Nov. 17, registration is on-site only and the price goes up to $30/adults, $25/kids. Registration includes a long-sleeve T-shirt and a race bib with timing device. Register online or print a registration form at ParkBoard.org/TurkeyTrot.
Participants may register for one of four race categories, each with staggered start times:
Elite- Participants have completed a sanctioned 5K in the last 18 months within at least 24 minutes for females, 21 minutes for males. For safety, no dogs or strollers are allowed. Elite starts first.
Runner- Participants will run or jog a 5K at a consistent pace without walking breaks. For safety, no dogs or strollers are allowed. Runners start second, about a minute after the Elite start.
Walker/Family- Ideal for groups, families with strollers or small children, or anyone wishing to walk all or part of the route. Walker/Family starts third.
Pet- Participants running, jogging or walking with dogs. Strollers and groups are also allowed in this category. Dogs must be on a leash. Please pick 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.
A $3.25 service charge will be added to each online registration. Mailed or hand-delivered registrations have no service charge. Must be postmarked by Nov. 13. Early Bird registration closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 17.
On-site registration and race packet pick-up are open Wednesday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., and Race Day, 6-7:15 a.m.
For beginning runners ages 12 and up who want to train with a group or try running their first 5K, the Park Board offers a seven-week “Training for the Trot” class Thursdays, Oct. 5- Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m. at Dan Kinney Park. The class is designed for beginning runners, and includes running techniques and local running trails. Registration for Training for the Trot is $45 and includes a class t-shirt as well as full registration for the Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk. Register today at 891-1500 or use this form.
For more information about Turkey Trot, visit ParkBoard.org/TurkeyTrot or call the Springfield-Greene County Park Board at 417-837-5817 or 417-864-1049.
For media inquiries contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (desk) or 417-224-5510 (mobile) or email Jenny Edwards.