Race It: 2016 Turkey Trot Round Up

For many runners, racing a local turkey trot is as much a Thanksgiving tradition as eating pumpkin pie. In fact, according to Running USA, it’s the most popular holiday to run a race.

So before you start chowing down on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and, of course, pumpkin pie, lace up your running shoes and gobble up a few miles at one of these local turkey trots!


Drumstick Dash

When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Miller Park, Milwaukee

Cost: $35 for adults; $20 for kids ages 5-12

Details: This 5k race is both runner and walker friendly, and participants can register as an individual or as part of a team. The event is chip timed and awards are given to the top three male and female overall winners. If you are unable to make the race but would still like to participate, there is an Outta Town Dash Around option. The event benefits Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin and a food drive will take place before the start of the race.

Website: https://raceroster.com/events/2016/8133/2016-drumstick-dash

Thrivent Turkey Trot

When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Wehmhoff Jucker Park, Burlington

Cost: $30 for individuals

Details: Both runners and walkers are welcome at this 5k race, and participants can register as an individual or as part of a team. All participants will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers as well as the top 3 finishers in each age group. The race benefits Love, Inc. and a food drive will be held before the race. Raffle tickets will be awarded for items donated with raffle prizes including turkeys.

Website: http://www.runthanksgiving.com

Milwaukee Turkey Trot

When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.

Where: Veteran’s Park, Milwaukee

Cost: $36.99 for the 5k; $39.99 for the 8k through Nov. 21; After Nov. 21, $50 for the 5k and $60 for the 8k

Details: Both 5k and 8k races are available at this event. All participants receive chip timing, a quarter zip fleece top and cinnamon rolls at the finish line. Awards will be given to the top three overall males and females as well as the top three males and females in each age group. The race benefits Hunger Task Force.

Website: http://www.milwaukeeturkeytrot.com/

Milwaukee’s Great Gobble Wobble

When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.

Where: Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners

Cost: $35 for individuals

Details: Both runners and walkers are welcome to participate in this 5k event that winds through Whitnall Park and Boerner Botanical Gardens. Participants can opt to run as an individual or as part of a team, or sign up for the virtual race option. All participants get a race shirt and finisher’s medal.

Website: http://www.silvercirclesportsevents.com/milwaukees-great-gobble-wobble-5k-run-walk

Mayor’s Turkey Day Run

When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.

Where: Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha

Cost: $15 for adults; $10 for kids ages 14 and under

Details: Both 10k and 2-mile races are available at this event. The Mayor’s Cup Trophy will be awarded to the overall male and female winners in 10k race. Trophies will be given to overall male and female in 2-mile walk/run. Age group winners will receive a medal.

Website: http://www.kenosharunningclub.org/Turkey%20Day/turkey.html

5k Turkey Trot & Gobble Gallop

When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.

Where: Thiensville Village Park, Thiensville

Cost: $30 for individuals

Details: This year’s race benefits a variety of community events and projects, including Lasata’s Cycling Without Age, new playground equipment for the Thiensville Village Park, Portal, Inc., Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County and COPE Services. In addition to the 5k run/walk, there will also be a 50-meter dash for kids ages 12 and under.

Website: http://www.juniorsmt.org/turkey-trot.html

St. Leonard’s Turkey Trot

When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.

Where: St. Leonard Parish, Muskego

Cost: $25; $65 per team

Details: All 5k participants receive a t-shirt and goodie bag. Awards will be given to the 1st through 3rd place overall winners as well as age group winners.

Website: http://stleonturkeytrot.weebly.com/

Tell us: Where are you racing on turkey day?

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Race It: Drumstick Dash 5k

Thanksgiving is all about tradition and for many MKE runners this includes participating in a local turkey trot.

Drumstick Dash is one of the most popular turkey trots in the Milwaukee area and is a fun event for the entire family. Below, Joe Trinosky, Marketing Manager with Vision Event Management, tells us more about this year’s race.

For race specifics, visit our Featured Races page.


This is Drumstick Dash’s fourth year in MKE – can you talk a bit about what makes this race a Thanksgiving favorite?
That is a great question and there are a few reasons why the Drumstick Dash is a Thanksgiving favorite: First off, it is a great way for people to give back to their community and help those in need. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the benefiting partner for the Drumstick Dash, and to date, we’ve raised more than 100,000 meals for those less fortunate in Eastern Wisconsin. Having an event that gives back at a time when we sit down to give thanks really resonates with our participants. Secondly, it is a fun way for families to get out and burn some calories together before a meal. Many participants dress in Thanksgiving-themed costumes, adding to the level of fun for everyone. Lastly, the Drumstick Dash is at Miller Park, home of the Brewers, and people love the atmosphere that a professional sporting venue provides.


Is there anything new or different at this year’s race?
Last year was such a success at Miller Park so we are keeping with a majority of the same aspects. We do have Fox6 and FM102.1 joining us this year, which is new and exciting, and we are very happy to have them onboard.

How can participants best enjoy the fun race atmosphere?
A great way to join in the fun atmosphere is to register a team and have everyone come dressed in a Thanksgiving theme. Every year there are groups of people who make the event enjoyable for everyone by the festive spirit they instill. From turkeys to cornucopias, you see a little bit of everything at the Drumstick Dash. We encourage everyone to come out and embrace the spirit of the Drumstick Dash, which is “Move Your Feet so Others Can Eat!”


What should participants expect at this year’s event?
This year’s event will offer people who donate cash or food items to win a turkey or pie from Sendik’s food market. Also, the top five finishers who are able to beat Dash, our sprinting turkey in the race, will receive gift certificates to Performance Running Outfitters. Packet pick up and the race are at Miller Park, which provides excitement in the location alone! Parking for packet pickup and race day will be free. All questions regarding the race map and parking are answered in the FAQ section on our website.


What are the award divisions?
We will be awarding the top 3 male and top 3 female runners. We will also have the following divisions at this year’s Drumstick Dash:

Runners – There will be pace signs for the running division including 6min & Under, 6-7min, 7-8min, 8-9min, 9-10min, 10-11min, 11-12min, 12-13min, 13-14min, 14 & Over minutes/mile
Runners w/strollers
Walkers w/strollers

Can you tell us a bit about the Outta Town Dash Around option? How can people sign up for this option?
The Outta Town Dash Around is a great way for those who are traveling for Thanksgiving, or who have moved away but love to be involved in their hometown tradition. For our Outta Town Dash Around, people need to register by November 15 and they will receive a Drumstick Dash long-sleeve T-shirt to wear wherever they are on Thanksgiving morning. Participants in the Outta Town Dash Around are encouraged to share their photos on our social media channels and use the hashtags #OuttaTownDashAround and #DrumstickDashMKE. To sign up, select the Outta Town Dash Around during registration.

Can you tell us a bit about the raffle and how runners/walkers can earn raffle tickets? What are the raffle prizes?
There will be turkeys and pies raffled off for people who provide donations. For those who donate with their registration, we will raffle off 45 pies to people who donate between $25-49 and 15 turkeys for people who donate $50 or more. There will also be raffles held the day of the event, with one raffle ticket awarded for every food item or $1 donation. Once participants cross the finish line, they can go by the Clock Tower entrance to see if they are a winner.

For family and friends of runners – are volunteers needed at the event? If so, what are volunteers needed for and how can people sign up?
Yes! We need 100+ volunteers to make this a successful event! Volunteer positions begin at 7:00am and are finished by 10:00am, and include Packet Pick-Up, Finish Line, Course and the Water Station. To sign up for a specific shift or to learn more, contact Pahoua Xiong at (414) 831-6326 or pxiong@feedingamericawi.org.

Any other comments?
We look forward to everyone coming out for this Thanksgiving tradition and giving back on this day when many of us sit down to give thanks. Be sure to “Move Your Feet so Others Can Eat!”

Thanks for chatting with us about the race, Joe! If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming race, here’s how you can connect:

Website: http://www.visioneventmanagement.com/pages/drumstick-dash.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrumstickDash/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DashMilwaukee

Who wants to win a race entry?
Vision Event Management has generously provided a race entry for one lucky Keep Running MKE reader.

To enter to win a free race entry, tell us in the comments section:

What are you most thankful for this year?

Best of luck to all who enter. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 6.

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!