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Nov 02, 2018

13th Annual Turkey Trot Kickoff Held at Sulphur Springs Elementary School

(JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.)The place to be on Thanksgiving morning is the 13th annual Turkey Trot in Johnson City.


The 5K Road Race and Family Fun Run/Walk is set for Thursday, Nov. 22. As always, the Turkey Trot will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Legion Street in Johnson City, near Memorial Park Community Center. An awards ceremony for the overall winners will be held at Cardinal Park immediately following the race.


“This is a tradition for our community,” said Race Chairwoman Jenny Brock. “The Turkey Trot kicks off the holiday season in the best way – with friends, family and a healthy run or walk before the feast.”


The Turkey Trot welcomes competitive runners, casual runners, walkers, kids, strollers, wheelchairs, handcycles, and dogs. It’s an all-inclusive good time for participants of all ages and abilities.


Children have a strong presence at the Turkey Trot, and area schools are awarded cash prizes based on participation. This year, classrooms are asked to choreograph a signature Turkey Trot dance to the song “Let’s Turkey Trot” by Little Eva. Video submissions will be posted on Facebook, and the one with the most likes/shares wins. The winning students will be featured on WJHL, receive vouchers to Quantum Leap, and will perform their original dance routine on stage at the Turkey Trot. The classroom will receive $500.


“We discovered this great song that just needs a great dance to go with it,” said Race Director Karen Hubbs. “We can’t wait to see all our participants shaking their tail feathers Thanksgiving morning.”


Details about the contest can be found at Deadline for entries is Nov. 11.


Charitable Giving

In the past 10 years, the Turkey Trot has awarded more than $156,000 to organizations that promote health, wellness, and quality of life in our area. From last year’s event, more than $24,000 was given to Tannery Knobs Bike Park, East Tennessee State University, the Turkeys in Training program, the Johnson City Police Department, and the Johnson City Fire Department.


The Turkey Trot also awards a total of $3,500 to the top three schools with the most participants in two divisions.


Sponsors To Date

The Wellness Center, City of Johnson City, Elizabethton Federal, ABC Tri-Cities/NewsChannel 11, WXBQ/Bristol Broadcasting, Appalachian Animal Hospital, Chick-fil-A West Market Street, Food City, Johnson City Cardinals/Boyd Sports, Katz Americas, Johnson City Press, Pepsi, Summit Leadership Foundation, Tri-Cities Turtles, Dr. Carlson & Associates, Quantum Leap, Re/Max Checkmate, Wallabies, Mayfield Dairy, Allison Billboards, Krispy Kreme, Dempsey’s Jewelers, Zak’s Fine Furniture


Registration Information

Registration for the Turkey Trot is now under way at Early registrants (by Nov. 19) are guaranteed the best price and one of the always-popular long-sleeved Turkey Trot T-shirts. Online registrations will close at 9 p.m. Nov. 19. Early registration by 9 p.m. Nov. 19 is $25 for adults; $20 for students (18 and younger). Late registration (Nov. 20-21) is $30 for adults; $25 for students. A special discount will be available for families of five or more (living in the same household) that register by Nov. 19. There will be no registrations the day of the event.


Packet pick-up and late registrations will be at Memorial Park Community Center from noon -8 p.m. Nov. 20 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 21.


A wheelchair division will be offered again this year, and strollers are allowed. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed to start at the back of the pack, and owners are asked to please pick up after their pets.

For more information about the 5K USATF-certified course, trophy categories, school awards and prizes, parking areas, and road closures please visit and like the Johnson City Turkey Trot 5K on Facebook.

Event management for the Turkey Trot is provided by The Goose Chase.

Note to media: Please contact Keisha Shoun – 434-6249; – to schedule media appearances.


Karen Hubbs, Race Director 423-946-3784

Jenny Brock, Race Chair 423-791-1262

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