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Run or walk in one of our family-friendly races this Thanksgiving. We offer two courses, a 5K and a 5 mile. Both start at St. Francis High School in Downtown Traverse City. 

5K Run/Walk Race Event

The 5K will find you shoulder to shoulder with fun runners and families, and those ready for a bit of exercise prior to a Thanksgiving Celebration. Adults, and children are welcome to join in on the fun, strollers and dogs on non-retractable leashes are allowed. Race beings at 9:15am.

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5M Flier

The 5 Mile Flier is great for those seeking a longer distance.  The course is similar to the 5K and travels a little father towards the bay.  Race beings at 9:00am.

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New location for 2017! Join us at St. Francis High School in Downtown Traverse City. We listened to your feedback and chose a new venue that offers better space to accomodate dogs, awards, packet pickup and more!

Packet Pick-up

Our traditional packet pick up will be held inside the gymnasium at St. Francis High School on Wednesday, November 22 from 4:00-7:00 pm. Participants may also pick up their packets on race day from 7:00-8:30 AM.


Participants will each receive a long-sleeved "10th Anniversary" t-shirt with registration. T-shirts are guaranteed if you register prior to November 13th! Individual volunteers also receive a long-sleeved tee. (Please note - youth sizes are more of a royal blue opposed to navy blue). 

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Day of Schedule

7:30am Race Day Registration & Packet Pickup opens
9:00am  5 Mile Flier Start
9:15am 5K Run/Walk Start
Awards for Top Finishers will be available starting at 9:45am. 


Canned food donations are welcome and will be given to Father Fred. Bring 10 canned good items to the event and you will receive a Turkey Trot hat! Father Fred will be there both Wednesday & Thursday.



This event will take place no matter the weather, so be sure to bring an extra layer. No gear check at the event. The Event is not responsible for any lost items.


Parking is available at St. Francis Parking Lots as well as plenty of free Parking at Cone Drive (same lot as Zombie Run) and on the FIRST FLOOR of the Old Towne Parking garage (behind Maxbauers). FREE neighborhood street parking is also available, but plan to arrive early. 

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