30th Annual Virginia Run Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot


The Virginia Run Turkey Trot was founded in 1989 to promote health, community spirit and raise money for a charitable cause. Since its inception the race has donated over $1 Million to Life with Cancer. Watch the video to learn more.

Register as INDIVIDUALS or TEAMS!  As always, only the 5k will be timed, but teams can compete to take home the Golden Turkey, bragging rights and entry to next year’s race!

Cost to Register


  • $30 through September 30, 2018
  • $35 October 1, 2018 through November 22, 2018

5K field is limited to the first 4000 registrants - No race day registration in the 5K

2K Walk

Children (12 & Under) and Seniors (65 & Over):

  • $10 through November 21, 2018
  • $15 on November 22, 2018

Adults (ages 13-64):

  • $15 through September 30, 2018
  • $20 October 1, 2018 through November 22, 2018

2K field is unlimited and race day registration will be available

Long-sleeve cotton t-shirts for all registrants (sizes are not guaranteed).

No online registration fees - No refunds


Virginia Run Community Center
15355 Wetherburn Court
Centreville, VA 20120

Saturday November 17 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday November 18 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday November 20- 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Wednesday November 21 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Thursday November 22 - 6:00am to 7:30am


The USATF certified 5K course starts and finishes on Pleasant Valley Road and runs through the Virginia Run neighborhood.


Race Day parking is available Thanksgiving morning at the following locations:

Centreville Baptist Church

15100 Lee Highway

Centreville Presbyterian Church

15450 Lee Highway

Korean Central Presbyterian Church

15451 Lee Highway

Bull Run Elementary School

15301 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20121

DO NOT PARK ON RT 29! It is unsafe, illegal and you will be ticketed.
There is no parking at the Virginia Run Community Center on Race Day.

40 MORE DAYS UNTIL this wonderful event!! Keep registering and training! Our numbers keep growing and we are so excited! If this is your first time doing a 5k, or walking in the 2k, we are so happy to have you be part of our day and are proud of your commitment! This is truly a memorable event and tradition to so many families! ... See MoreSee Less

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Today should be called: Terrific TUESDAY because EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED!! Yes, you heard correctly! We are extending registration to Monday October 8th! If you sign up now then you will only pay $30! We are so excited for this wonderful event to happen in just 8 short weeks!! Make this a family or even a friendsgiving event! This has become a tradition in so many families! We are truly lucky to spend the day with you and supporting a tremendous cause. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a friendly reminder that the early bird registration ends on SUNDAY 9/30! Thank you to all the wonderful participants/teams that have registered. YOU are amazing and we are so excited to be able to experience this memorable event with you all!! ... See MoreSee Less

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65 glorious days left until this epic event!! We the committee are extremely excited and are so thankful for all who have registered!! Now is the perfect time to start training! A program that is absolutely wonderful is Couch-to-5K! ... See MoreSee Less

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Register now for the 30th Annual Turkey Trot!! Through the month of September enjoy the early bird pricing! It will rise in October so take advantage of it now! We are beyond thankful for all who have registered and who will in the coming days, weeks and months---without you all we would not be able to make this such a success!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Timing for the 5K will utilize Chronotrack® B-Tag single use timing chips which are attached to the back of your race number bib. Please ensure the following in order to receive an accurate time.

  • Race bib is clearly visible on the FRONT of the torso
  • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Race bib is pinned in all four corners
  • Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

In order to receive your 5K time you must start the race on time! Due to the out and back design of the 5K course the start line can be kept open for a maximum of 10 minutes after the start of the race at 8:00 am. Once the start line has been closed it becomes the finish line and it is no longer possible to record start times for late arriving participants. If you arrive late please DO NOT enter the start/finish line area with your bib unless you have completed and are finishing the entire 5K. Please plan to arrive early enough on race day to park safely and get to the start line area by 8:00 am. If you still need to pick-up your race number bib on race day allow an extra 30 minutes.

After finishing the 5K it is important that all participants continue to move through and out of the finish chute. Please DO NOT wait for family and friends inside the finish chute, it creates a potentially dangerous backup and impedes other participants as they are finishing the race.

Dogs and Strollers are NOT permitted in the 5K, they are welcome in the 2K Walk.

The 2K Walk is not timed.


....COMING SOON.....