@TroyTurkeyTrot Registration Now Open!

Registration is Now Open for the 100th Anniversary of the Troy Turkey Trot!

Thousands of Capital Region residents look forward to this event every year – The Troy Turkey Trot! This year is extra special, because it’s the 100th anniversary! Registration is now open – find out how you can sign up for this ultra popular event.

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2016 Troy Turkey Trot

The Troy Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24th.
Registration for the four races and walks – 5K, 10K, Turkey Walk, and Grade School Mile – are currently open at TroyTurkeyTrot.comOnline registration closes on Monday, November 21st, at 11:59pm.
After that, your last chance to register will be in person at the Troy Atrium on Wednesday, November 23rd, between 11am and 6pm.
There is no day-of registration for the 5K, 10K, or Grade School Mile; you can register for the Turkey Walk up until 9:25am on Thanksgiving morning.
Trot Race: 10K 
The 10K is the first race of the day and starts at 8am. The race will end at 9:30am with an awards ceremony.
Registration is $30 if you register by November 18th, and $35 after that date.
This race also serves as the USATF Adirondack’s Men’s and Women’s Championship, and is the finale to determine the 2016 Grand Prix Series.
Grade School Mile
The Grade School Mile begins at 9:30am and is 1 mile. This race is open to children up to eighth grade.
Registration is $10.
 
Turkey Walk
The Turkey Walk takes place at 9:35am and is 1 mile. This is a fitness walk, open to those who would like to participate in the Turkey Trot at a slower pace.
Registration is $10.
Trot Race: 5K
The last race of the day is the 5K that kicks off at 10am. An awards ceremony will follow the race at 10:45am.
Registration is $30 if you register by November 18th, and $35 after that date.
Bib, Chip & Tee-shirt Pick Up
Participants have three chances to pick up their bib, chip, and tee-shirt at the Troy Atrium, on the 2nd floor:
  • Sunday, November 20th from 11am to 6pm
  • Wednesday, November 23rd, from 11am to 6pm
  • Thursday, November 24th, from 6am on
Charities
When registering online, participants are encouraged to make a donation to the event’s two charities, the Regional Food Bank of Northeast New York and Joseph’s House & Shelter, a nonprofit that aims to prevent and alleviate homelessness.
The Troy Turkey Trot is looking to raise $20,000 this year in support of these great organizations. You can also make an in-person donation through November 30th at any Pioneer Bank branch.
All participants and spectators are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the Troy Atrium during the bib/chip/tee-shirt pickup to donate to the Regional Food Bank.
Costume Contest
The Troy Turkey Trot is featuring a costume contest where groups and individuals will be awarded prizes for Best Thanksgiving Day Costume and Most Unique Costume.
Prizes are a $100 gift certificate for first prize, $50 for second prize, and $25 for third prize. A costume entry form can be found here.
Parking
Free parking for the event is available at numerous Front Street and River Street parking lots.
Additional Information
Both the 10K and 5K feature “out and back” course configurations, and families are invited to come out and cheer the runners on from the sidelines.
Participants for the Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk will receive a 100th anniversary tee-shirt and a finisher’s item.
 
Post-race refreshments and entertainment will be offered in the finish line area in the City of Troy permit parking lot at the corner of 1st Street and River Street.
The results of the race will be posted in Monument Square at the awards tent, and online.
History
The race started in 1916 as a remembrance run for veterans with only six runners. The race is now one of the largest and oldest turkey trots in the entire country!
In addition to this year being the 100th anniversary, the Troy Turkey Trot is also being held during the City of Troy’s Bicentennial Celebration, which commemorates 200 years of Collar City history.
Anniversary years traditionally draw larger fields than other years,” longtime Event Director George Regan said in a statement. “We are expecting as many as 8,000 recreational runners and walkers from 37 states and Canada to take part in this year’s event.”
You definitely won’t want to miss out on this amazing event! Check out TroyTurkeyTrot.com for more information.

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