Brief History and Fun Facts

Now entering its 16th year, the Arlington Turkey Trot was founded in 2006 by Pastor Brian Webster and his wife Diane of Christ Church of Arlington. They came to our community to assist the poor and needythose in search of a friend, good food, child carea place to call home. 

The vehicle that was developed to reach out to and rally the community was the November 2006 5K Arlington Turkey Trot that attracted 300 runners, joggers, and walkers. The members of Christ Church of Arlington, now under the leadership of Pastor Billy Boyce, are continuing in that spirit to embrace their Arlington neighbors. 

Over the course of 15 years, the Trot has generated over $900,000 to help Arlington County residents in need. With 300 trotters and $4200 raised in 2006, the scaled back 2020 Trot Week attracted over 1,000 hearty participants (down from 4,000) and raised $40,000 for the beneficiaries.


Arlington's Best Local Running Race 2019 "Arlington Magazine Reader Pick"

Core Values


The Trot raises visibility and funds for the following nonprofits—AFAC, ASPAN, Arlington THRIVE, Bridges to Independence, OAR and Young Life of South Arlington.


The Trot provides an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a fun, healthy 5K run/walk through Arlington's Lyon Park and Ashton Heights neighborhoods


The Arlington Turkey Trot inspires generosity and gratitude as participants give to those in Arlington who are less fortunate on a day when they remember their own abundance with gratitude. All net proceeds are donated to six local beneficiaries, so you’re doing some good for your body and for your community.


Christ Church seeks to promote and practice Christian love and charity on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the year by raising funds and awareness for the beneficiaries who help those in need.

Chief Turkey & Race Director

Mark Riley

For the past 9 years Mark has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local nonprofits that provide food, shelter, and more for Arlington residents. The Trot is "a celebration of helping others. There’s nothing more powerful than that.”


The Arlington Turkey Trot relies on your support!