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.

Participants — young and old, human and canine — meander through the Lyon Park and Ashton Heights neighborhoods. Some racers wear the popular race T-shirt while others wear leftover Halloween costumes, turkey and pilgrim garb, or even Christmas attire. It’s not uncommon to see adults with poultry on their heads or Santas running with their elves!

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.

In 2006, only 300 people were in the first race. By 2013, more than 3,000 entered the race … and the number keeps growing! More than 4,000 registered in 2019!

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! All Runners registered by November 1st will be guaranteed as part of their race registration, an Arlington Turkey Trot cotton Tee. During registration, you may choose (for an additional $20) to upgrade from the cotton tee, to a Long Sleeve Performance Tee.

A water station is on the route for your thirsty convenience! You also can get water and snacks at the end of the race at Lyon Park.

The Arlington Police Department works closely with CCA to ensure safety. Police and volunteers guide runners/walkers and divert automobile traffic from the route. Medical personnel are on call for treatment, if necessary.

The closing ceremony will be held following the race, at Lyon Park (414 N. Fillmore), to recognize the top male and female finishers overall and the top male and female finishers in multiple age groups. No stroller prizes.

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

Sure! 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.

Thanks to one of our sponsors, Don’s Johns, fresh portable restrooms will be located near the beginning and the end of the race.

Reggie the DJ will provide the vibes, to accompany water and treats, race winners and beneficiaries recognition.

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.

Unfortunately, there are no refunds for this event. We also do not accept transfers or deferments for this event.

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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