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 six local charities: Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), A-SPAN, Arlington Thrive, Bridges to Independence, OAR, and Young Life.

In 2020, there will be no crowd at the starting line. Many smaller runs, individuals and families, and perhaps small groups will take place across Arlington and beyond.

Christ Church of Arlington donates all net proceeds from the event to six local beneficiaries. Over the past 14 years, nearly $900,000 has been raised for the beneficiaries. 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.

Normally 4000, this year, not likely to be that many, although the more the merrier.

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, masks, bibs, coloring books and medals for the kids.

In 2020 water and snacks will not be provided.

In 2020, you make your own course or use the ones already mentioned.

In 2020 no prizes will be offered.

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.

In 2020 no facilities will be available.

No post race festivities this year. 

Pre-race promotional video (watch for more updates).

Pre-race you tube production on Thanksgiving morning (watch for more updates).

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

Arlington VA’s #1 rated charity race. The Arlington Turkey Trot gives thanks for all we have and all we have to give.

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