Run the Turkey Day 5K on Thanksgiving morning – now a Twin Cities In Motion event! -- before you sit down to feast with your family. Gather your flock for a holiday ramble through downtown Minneapolis. Runners, joggers, walkers and participants of all ages are invited to the event.
5K distance is perfect for all ages and paces – joggers, walkers and strollers are welcome!
Your New Hat for Winter
Every participant earns a BOCO Gear Pom Pom Beanie that’s perfect for the season ahead.
Finishing Never Tasted So Sweet
Everyone earns a foiled chocolate “medal” for finishing the race. But, don’t spoil you dinner!
Turkey Day Running Tradition
Stride with friends and family on the county’s biggest running day of the year!
TC Kids Run Free Program!
Kids 18 and under run TCM events at no cost -- including Turkey Day!
Run to Fight Hunger in Minnesota
Turkey Day supports Second Harvest Heartland in its efforts to combat food scarcity.
Below is the registration pricing for the Turkey Day 5K.
All price tiers for this event are date-based.
Twin Cities In Motion is using dynamic bib assignment for this event—you will be assigned your bib number when you pick up!
Race morning packet pick up at the event is available for those unable to attend packet pick up.
Tue, Nov 22
1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wed, Nov 23
11:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thu, Nov 24
6:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Included at packet pick up:
- Race bib
- Four pins to attach your bib to your shirt
- Participant gear
- Race day information and customer service support: Event Alert System level, last-minute course changes, parking tips, large maps
We strongly encourage carpooling, biking, or public transportation.
Be sure to allow plenty of time (45 minutes to an hour) between arrival and start time to walk to the packet pickup area, use toilets and prepare for the event.
FREE RIDES on Metro Transit buses and METRO lines for participants from 4 a.m.-12 p.m.!
All registered athletes and volunteers will have access to Metropolitan Council transportation (bus and light rail) at no charge on Thursday, November 24 (from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.). In order to redeem, participants and volunteers will need to present a printed voucher or downloaded pass on mobile device.
Parking: There is no designated participant parking, but there is plentiful street parking in Downtown Minneapolis and meters are free due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Pay close attention to no parking signs, designated parking hours and meter detail. Do not park along the racecourse and obey all parking rules in effect.
There is no virtual race option for this event.
All kids 18 and under are welcome to run the Turkey Day 5K for free, and will receive the same amenities as adults. To learn more about the TC Kids Run Free Program click here.
Download the Twin Cities in Motion App to stay up to date on race details, packet pick up, parking, and more!
Friends and family are welcome to come to the race, bring a motivational sign, and watch and cheer on participants! As always, please be respectful of private property and do not enter the race course. Pedestrians are permitted to cross the course at intersections where race officials are present to direct foot traffic.
Volunteers keep us in motion! Register here to be a race day volunteer!
At the Turkey Day 5k you can opt in to receive your results via text (and your flock’s results, too!). Here’s how:
- Click here
- Log in if you already have a Chronotrack account, or create one if you don’t already
- Search for yourself or your athlete by name (you can’t search by bib, as bibs aren’t assigned until the packet is picked up)
- Click on the “Get Mobile Updates” button
- Click on the “Agree” button for the SMS waiver
- Enter your cell phone number, and then click complete and save!
You may then complete the process again to add another athlete to track!
USE #TCTurkeyDay TO SHARE YOUR JOURNEY!
Registration opens on September 7, 10a.m.
Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration. This policy is valid until 5 days before the event. To request a refund, email firstname.lastname@example.org within 48 hours of when you submitted your registration. If accepted, you will be refunded your race entry fee; online transaction fees are non-refundable. TCM does not have a deferral program.
Yes. Please have their race number and the correct spelling of the person's name available during pick up. Registrants will be notified of race numbers in the pre-race email following the end of online registration. Picking up others' packets is limited to FOUR at a time if others are waiting in line; thanks for understanding.
No, the Turkey Day 5k is a walker-friendly event. Turkey Day 5k participants must, however, be able to complete the whole course—whether walking, jogging, sprinting, skipping, or wheeling—by no later than 10:00am, which would be approximately a 30-minute-per-mile pace if you were the final starter.
Strollers are permitted in the 5K and must display a stroller bib assigned at packet pickup. For security and safety purposes, all persons with a stroller or baby jogger in the race must be able to maintain 30-minute-per-mile pace and agree to the guidelines listed in registration for participation with a stroller.
We love four-legged friends, however, they are not permitted on course. Thanks for understanding.
Yes! We're looking for people available to volunteer at the event on race day. Help us set up the event, serve participants on course, manage logistics, and more. Click here.
Since the start of the pandemic, Twin Cities In Motion (TCM) has worked closely with permitting municipalities and agencies, the State of Minnesota, and medical and crowd science experts to determine how to best provide the Twin Cities with a safe large-scale in-person races. Additionally, in advance of all events TCM maintains close communication with public safety officials. Safety has always been our organization’s top priority, and we continuously monitor COVID-19 and all other public health and safety risks. Any event changes or updated protocols will be communicated in the Pre-Race Email sent race week.