Turkey Trot STL


Thanksgiving Day is the most popular race day in America. It’s the perfect day to come together to benefit ourselves, our families, and our communities. Start a new Thanksgiving tradition by running or walking in your local, family-friendly Turkey Trot STL 5K. An active morning will help balance the afternoon’s calorie intake and your participation will benefit those less fortunate by supporting local food pantries and St. Patrick Center, a supporter of the homeless.

The Turkey Trot STL 5K course in Downtown St. Louis runs along the route of the 2nd largest Thanksgiving parade in the nation.  Participants will pass many landmarks, including City Garden, Busch Stadium, and the Peabody Opera House and finishes at the end of the parade route.  An out-and-back section will allow participants to see and cheer on their fellow athletes.

To encourage the entire family on Thanksgiving morning to participate, the event is stroller friendly and children 12 years and under can register for the 1/2 Mile Youth Race for FREE!

After the run, stay for a free pancake breakfast by Chris’ Cakes, and enjoy a prime viewing location for the parade.

Race Day Schedule:

6:00am Parking, Packet Pickup* and Race Day Registration** Open
7:30am 5K Start
8:15am Award Plaque Pickup Table Opens
8:45am 1/2 Mile Youth Race Start (for children 12 & under and their guardians)
8:45am Thanksgiving Parade Begins***

*When picking up your race number, please bring a canned food item or a packaged toiletry item for donation to St. Patrick Center.
**Race Day registrants may not receive a swag item.
***Race participants can view and enjoy the Thanksgiving Parade from the Runners’ Village.


Turkey Trot STL 5K registrants can choose their commemorative swag from an array of great options! We’ve got soft cotton knock-around long-sleeve tees, ultra-light wicking polyester running tees perfect for summer running, custom BOCO pom beanies, and $10 Fleet Feet Sports gift cards. A youth cotton tee can be added to free Youth Race registrations for $10. Register by 10/31 to be guaranteed your chosen swag. If you don’t pick up your packet in-store or at the race, your item will be donated to one of our charity partners.


5K | $18 thru Sept | $20 thru Oct | $22 thru November 19 | $25 at packet pickup and race day
1/2 Mile Youth Race | FREE! (registration required)

Turkey Trot STL Registration

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St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Individuals and families build permanent, positive change in their lives through safe and affordable housing, sound mental and physical health, and employment and financial stability.

Visit TurkeyTrotSTL.com for more details