Nov. 2, 2023
(JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.) – The 18th annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race and Family Fun Run/Walk will take place Thursday, Nov. 23 at 8:30 a.m. As always, the event will start on Legion Street in Johnson City, near Memorial Park Community Center and progress through downtown and back to TVA Credit Union Ballpark.
“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. This year, we are highlighting the ‘power of the bib’ and how Turkey Trot registration proceeds go toward worthy causes in our community.”
The Turkey Trot has allowed Up & At ‘Em to donate more than $250,000 to organizations that promote health, wellness, and quality of life in our area. Up & At ‘Em also awards a total of $3,500 to the top three schools with the most participants in two divisions, with over $50,000 being given directly to area schools since the Turkey Trot began.
Sponsors To Date
Thank you to those supporting this Turkey Trot: City of Johnson City, News Channel 11, ABC Tri-Cities, Chick-fil-A West Market Street, Appalachian Animal Hospital, Axis Security, Dempsey’s Jewelers, Dr. Carlson & Associates, East Tenn Rent-Alls, Food City, Johnson City Doughboys, Katz Americas, Krispy Kreme, Natural Pet Supply, News & Neighbor, Pepsi Bottling Co., Re/Max Checkmate, Summit Leadership Foundation, WXBQ and Zak’s Home.
This year’s logo was designed by Grady Edmisten, a Science Hill student athlete. His drawing of “Trotter” as a superhero is a key part of this year’s design.
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.
Registration is under way at JCTurkeyTrot.com. Fee is $30 until packet pickup, which includes a shirt and medal. A special discount will be available for families of five or more (living in the same household). There will be no registrations the day of the event.
Packet pick-up will be at Memorial Park Community Center from noon-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22.
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 www.thegoosechase.org/turkey-trot/ and like the Johnson City Turkey Trot 5K on Facebook.
Event management for the Turkey Trot is provided by The Goose Chase.