the one and only downtown des moines turkey trot
NAMED AS ONE OF THE BEST TURKEY TROTS IN THE COUNTRY BY RUNNERS WORLD MAGAZINE, THE DES MOINES TURKEY TROT IS THE CITY'S LARGEST THANKSGIVING TRADITION, WITH OVER 2500 ATHLETES IN JUST IT'S SECOND YEAR.
RECOGNIZED AS 'THE MOST SCENIC’ TURKEY TROT IN THE COUNTRY OUR 2017 ROUTE IS A HIGHLIGHT REEL OF EVERYTHING URBAN AND AWESOME IN DES MOINES. BRING YOUR FLOCK AND OUT OF TOWN VISITORS AND COME CHECK OUT WHY DES MOINES IS THE BEST CITY ON THE PLANET!
The 2017 Des Moines Turkey Trot is like a highlight reel of the city that leads the country in community pride. Ready to experience downtown Des Moines, or show it off to your visiting family and friends? Here's your chance!
Athletes will start their Thanksgiving run with the Des Moines Courthouse as their backdrop in the heart of the Court District. From there both 5K and 5 mile runners will make their way across the Des Moines River and through the center of the Historic East Village. A slight uphill will run athletes around the whole of the State Capitol Complex which offers the most famous view of downtown Des Moines. From there, it's downhill for home!
5 Mile Athletes will finish their holiday "tour" with a scenic jaunt to the Botanical Center before returning across the Women's Achievement Bridge and finishing by running in front of the historic World Food Prize building.
Download our 2017 Des Moines Turkey Trot Map here.
photos of the 2016 trot
In 2016 over 2500 runners layered up and hit the streets of Downtown Des Moines for a Turkey Trot unlike any other. Some of the best smiles, high-fives, and love shared were captured here by Converging Photography.
Click here to view the the whole set of photos from the 2016 event.
Looking for a friendly competition on Thanksgiving morning? Register for our longest distance event and enjoy 2 extra miles of downtown Des Moines a-la-mode!
3.1 of the most scenic- urban miles of the calendar year with friends, neighbors and family - what could be better? How about the extra serving of stuffing you'll burn while walking, jogging, or running your way through Des Moines!
200 meters of smiles, high-fives and 1-foot strides await kids 6 and under in our Tot Trot. All registered participants will receive a racing bib and finisher medal.
The Des moines Turkey Trot &
Above + Beyond Cancer
Our personal account of why this year's charity partner is extra important.
On Thanksgiving morning in 2015 I stood in front of the start line of the first 'Des Moines Turkey Trot' mostly in awe. An idea that had played through my mind for years had finally come to fruition. I started the Des Moines Turkey Trot because of how proud I had grown of my city. Downtown Des Moines is a thriving, beautiful place exploding with possibility and originality and each morning I walk out of my downtown apartment I feel like I've hit the jackpot. It turns out, the rest of our community feels the same way (#1 US city for civic pride), and so I set off to create an event that would allow all of us to both experience downtown Des Moines and show it off to all of our visiting friends and family. Looking out to 1500 athlete's braving the rain and cold to join in, I felt incredible pride in our community. I also felt a pain in my neck.
Four days after Thanksgiving I would undergo a biopsy that would eventually lead to a diagnosis of stage 4 lymphoma.
A journey with cancer is rarely fun or easy and my case has been no exception. Yet, it has allowed me to experience first hand the strength of another Des Moines creation, Above + Beyond Cancer. As an organization A + B looks to inspire the world around them through the conquering of epic feats by cancer survivors. It provides channels to learn meditation, to take fitness courses and to connect with a community during or after treatment. In my case, it made a clear statement: 'even in the face of cancer, anything is possible.'
Thus, in 2016, we will donate a portion of every entry fee and every merchandise order to Above + Beyond Cancer. We are also passing along the opportunity to donate a fleece blanket to local cancer centers through our registration process. From experience I can tell you it's almost always cold in cancer treatment rooms and a fleece blanket to wrap up in is a small way in which we will warm and show our love to this community for the year to come.
I cannot say thank you enough for supporting our event, and therefore allowing us the opportunity to support an organization that has so lovingly supported me and countless others.
- Michael Zimmerman
Race Director, Des Moines Turkey Trot.
We know you have a lot "on-your-plates" this Thanksgiving Day so let us plan your morning. Heck, we'll even cook!
Early Packet PickUp
Holiday Inn Express
333 SW 11th St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Due to larger than expected registrations, early packet pick up has been moved to the Holiday Inn Express
Wednesday, November 23rd 2016.
11:00AM-6:00PM - Packet Pick Up
Thanksgiving day 2nd st + Court Ave
7:00AM-8:15AM - Race Morning Registration
7:00AM- 8:30 AM - Race Day Packet Pickup
9:00AM- 5 Mile and 5K Race Start
10:15AM - TOT TROT START
post race party
Sherman Associates AThlete Village
2nd st + Court Ave
The best part of any race- the swag.
Register and receive:
OPTIONAL RACE T-SHIRT
*Presale of shirts has finished. Limited Supplies available at packet pick up
WE KNOW THAT SOME OF YOU LOVE A GOOD RACE SHIRT. OTHERS DO NOT. THUS, WE'VE CHOSEN TO MAKE THIS YEARS RACE SHIRT OPTIONAL. HERE'S THREE REASONS WHY:
1. TO ELIMINATE UNNEEDED WASTE
2. TO KEEP ENTRY FEE'S AS LOW AS POSSIBLE FOR THOSE LOOKING SIMPLY TO RACE.
3. THOSE WHO ORDER A SHIRT WON'T HEAR, "WE'RE OUT OF THAT SIZE..." PROMISE.
Q. Is this the downtown race I ran last Thanksgiving? A. Yep! We're the only Thanksgiving morning race in downtown.
Q. Where can I find the "Proxy" Packet Pick Up Form? A. Right HERE!
Q. Do I need to fill out a "Proxy Form" for each person I pick up for, even if we registered as a family? A.YES!
Q. Where can I find a list of stores where I can get a discount on Thanksgiving weekend with my bib? A. HERE!
Q. How far is a 5K? A. 3.1 miles or about 6,250 steps.
Q. I've never run in a 5K before, will I be out of place? A. Of course not! There are plenty of other races to test your speed and fitness. This is an event that welcomes runners of all abilities and ages.
Q. Are costumes welcome? A. Absolutely! Feel free to let out your inner turkey!
Q. What will be included in my race packet? A. Your packet will have your timing chip, running bib, and safety pins. You'll also pick up your T-shirt (optional).
Q. Where do I wear my timing chip? A. On your shoe (there are instructions with your packet)
Q. Can I run with my 4 legged friend? A. We were unable to get insurance to cover animals on course and therefore cannot allow dogs, turkeys, or any other animals to run with you. Sorry!
Q. Can someone who is not registered join for breakfast? A. Sure! Athlete's will have a voucher on their race bibs good for a free breakfast. Additional tickets can be purchased at Packet Pickup for $5.00 a piece!
Q. Can I run with a stroller/headphones/dog on a leash/bad attitude/? A. Yes/Yes/No/NO!
Q. Is there an age limit on how young or old a competitor can be? A. No. But, please check with your doctor first.
Q. Will there be any aid stations on the course? A. Yes, there will be 2 on the 5K course and 3 on the 5 Mile course.
Q. Are there refunds? A. Unfortunately, we are not able to issue refunds for this event.
Q. Can a registration be transferred to another name? A. If your name changes- sure. Otherwise- no, sorry.
Q. Can I pick up someone else's packet? A. If you wish to pick up someone's packet other than your own you must bring their confirmation email and a note from them stating you have permission to pick up their packet.
Q. We have a family of 6 or more, do we get a discount? A. We only have Family Discounts up to 5 people. Please use the largest family discount available and then register other family members separately.
Q. I still have questions after reading this- who can I contact? A. No problem- write us! Info@riproarevents.com
Want to help? Sign Up To Volunteer!
Looking for an extra way to give back this Thanksgiving Day? The Des Moines Turkey Trot is looking for all the helping hands we can get to help pull together this amazing day for the Des Moines Community! We have two volunteer shifts, one for the race and one for our community meal! Click below to learn more and sign up!
Thank you to the community partners who've stepped up to show their love for Des Moines!
Interested in aligning your brand with The Des Moines Turkey Trot?
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