the one and only downtown des moines turkey trot
NAMED AS ONE OF THE BEST TURKEY TROTS IN THE COUNTRY and the top trot in iowa BY RUNNERS WORLD MAGAZINE 3 years in a row, THE DES MOINES TURKEY TROT IS THE LARGEST THANKSGIVING TRADITION in iowa.
The 2018 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 2018 Des Moines Turkey Trot Map here.
photos of the 2017 trot
In 2017 over 3500 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 2017 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.
Early Packet pickup
November 20th + 21st
Nexus at Gray's landing
415 SW 11th St
November 20th - 4:00PM to 7:00PM
November 21st - 11:00AM to 6:00PM
2nd st + Court Ave
7:00AM-8:15AM - Race Morning Registration
7:00AM- 8:15 AM - Race Day Packet Pickup
9:00AM- 5 Mile and 5K Race Start
10:15AM - TOT TROT START
post race party
Sherman athlete village
2nd st + Court Ave
9:15AM-10:45AM - free athlete breakfast
All race registrations include:
OPTIONAL RACE SHIRT
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. Where can I find the "Proxy" Packet Pick Up Form? A. Right HERE!
Q. Is this the downtown race I ran last Thanksgiving? A. Yep! We're the only Thanksgiving morning race in downtown.
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. 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. Is this race timed? A. We do offer an official finish time that is included in the race fee. NEW in 2018: if you choose to forego an official finisher time, we will donate a dollar to one of our partner charities. More information to come at packet pick-up!
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 include a running bib, safety pins, and one of our world famous Turkey Trot hats. You'll also pick up your shirt (optional).
Q. Where do I wear my timing chip? A. Your timing chip will be on the back of your bib, if you choose to have timing! If you choose to opt out of timing, you'll have the opportunity to donate that dollar to one of our partner charities. More information to come at packet pick-up!
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 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 a proxy form and copy of their ID.
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! Click below to sign up.