Frequently asked questions...

The race’s mission is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a fun, healthy Thanksgiving activity together, and to raise support for eighteen local nonprofits listed on the Trot’s Home Page.

A huge crowd of excited and anticipatory Trot participants pouring in from surrounding neighborhoods and church as they make their way to the starting line on Pershing between Garfield and Fillmore.

Christ Church of Arlington donates all net proceeds from the event to the eighteen local nonprofits listed on our Home Page. Over the past 16 years, over $1 Million has been raised for the beneficiaries thanks to the generous support from the Arlington Community. Funding from sponsors also plays a role in raising donations. If you or your business is interested in supporting or sponsoring the Turkey Trot, please contact our Race Director, Mark Riley today at (703) 927-0328 or email us at ArlingtonTurkeyTrot@gmail.com.

Typically 4,000 people register.

Your Turkey Trot T-shirt, of course! Get it at Packet Pick-up. Check the weather to see if you should wear a long-sleeve shirt under it. That’s what most folks do. Then again, some wear costumes.

You betcha! Shirts, long (extra) and short sleeve and medals for the kids.

A water station is set up at 9th and Fillmore and plenty of water is provided at the Lyon Park finish line.

The course is safe and certified by American Track and Field.

Medals are provided for children and gift certificates for the winners by gender and age.

This is a turkey race, not a chicken race! You can do it! Check out our results page to see some past race results. All speeds and strollers welcome.

Always. If your dog is well-behaved, on a leash and good around a LOT of people, you are more than welcome to bring him or her. We’ve had many canines do this fowl race. The bird dogs are especially good. Don’t forget the little baggies. (It might be best to start near the back of the race for your dog’s comfort.)

Yes. Baby strollers and Baby joggers are welcome.

Port-a-johns are provided at the church and Lyon Park.

Water, treats, awards and music at Lyon Park finish line.

You can be a volunteer! Our great volunteers have played key roles in making the Turkey Trot so successful. View our volunteer page for more info.

Yes, you may pick up a packet for someone else. Please make sure they are aware that you will be picking up their packet.

You must request a refund by November 1.

On-street parking is available in the neighborhood.

Registration Opens September 1st