Nov | 9
Inspiration, Running Tips

How to Plan a Turkey Trot for Your Friends and Family

Thanksgiving is upon us… this year, share your love of running, camaraderie and home cooking by planning a Turkey Trot!

What is a Turkey Trot, you ask? A Turkey Trot is a run, walk or race that’s typically held on Thanksgiving Day. It can be as small as a few friends taking a lap around the lake, or as big as the Dallas Turkey Trot with over 25,000 participants (yes, even races are bigger in Texas)!

To serve you food for thought to plan your own trot, we talked turkey with our experts: the Brooks Events Team. Each year, our dedicated events crew plans for Rock ’n’ Roll Marathons throughout the U.S. and Canada, plus dozens of other Brooks-sponsored marathons and local races.

Here’s their seasoned advice:

Pre-plan your route

Choosing a great route should be your first step. Find a centralized location where your friends and family can meet up. Will a 5K be too much or too little? You’ll need to assess your group and determine if there’s a happy mileage medium—where anyone can feel like they’re having fun, no matter their ability level.

TIP: Create a festive race map!

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Choose the right day

Typically, a Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving morning, prior to the feast.

TIP: When planning your Turkey Trot, consider choosing a morning that will yield the most participation, Thanksgiving or otherwise. That way, you can focus your full, undivided attention on friends and family rather than the turkey you left in the oven (yikes!)overcooked turkey, brooks running, marathon, race, thanksgiving, run, fun run

Distribute race day materials 

When planning for large-scale events, racers expect to receive a packet that includes necessary race gear like a race bib or timing chip.

TIP: For your Turkey Trot, create a fun little packet for your friends and family. You might want to include a Thanksgiving greeting card and race swag like energy bars and electrolyte powder.

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Take Finish Line Photos

At larger-scale events, a team of professional photographers is mandatory.

TIP: Ask your camera-savvy sister to snap photos and post real-time social updates (and tell her to tag us in on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)!

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Design Your Official Shirt

TIP: Get crafty and create a commemorative Turkey Trot t-shirt! Who doesn’t love puffy paints and iron-on letters!?


Be Prepared

The Brooks Event team prepares for marathoners on race day with a VIP Porta Potty experience.

TIP: You may not have the facilities available for your friends and family to “Potty like a rockstar” at your Turkey Trot. Should nature call during the race, try to locate a public bathroom on the route, ahead of time, or plan to take care of business before the race begins.

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Be sure to award participants for their crazy costumes, their great attitude and for their willingness to share your love of running. But how do you break the tape without breaking the bank?

TIP: Outline your hand on construction paper; add feathers, a googly eye, some string… Voila! D.I.Y. Medal! turkey, running, brooks running, brooks

From all of us at Brooks Running, we wish you good luck and the best running weather of the season for your Turkey Trot. Be sure to share your tips and photos with us!


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