Frequently Asked Questions

What time do the races start? And where is the start?

Santa Rosa Turkey Trot is a 5k race that has two start times. The FAST TURKEY starts at 8:00 am on Thanksgiving Day and is meant for runners who intend to finish in under 30 minutes.

The Festive 5 Turkey Trot starts at 8:30 am is also meant for folks who want to race, but aren't in as much of a hurry. The Start/Finish is at Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa (directions) between 3rd and 1st Streets. 

There is also a TINY TURKEY for our littlest ones. This is a romp around the grassy area in Old Courthouse Square and is about 100 yards, tops. We will start this at around 9am.

Where do I park on race day? Does it cost anything?

Parking is free in the city garages on Thanksgiving Day. We highly recommend parking at Garage 12 (555 B. Street). Here are directions. This location is ideal because of the street closures. You can get in and out easily and you'll descend right into the start area!

Can I volunteer?

Yes, please do! Great volunteers are what makes this event wonderful. You can sign up here. 

What stuff do I get?

Each racer receives a custom long-sleeve Santa Rosa Turkey Trot shirt and a custom bib and a GREAT morning! Register before November 5 and your bib will have your name on it.

Can I run with my dog? How about strollers?

Yes, we are dog-friendly! We do ask that you start near the back and use your best judgment with the crowd. We are also stroller-friendly!

When and where do I pick up my shirt and bib?

You have three chances: 

  • Tuesday, November 22 Sports Basement Santa Rosa, 1970 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa  (directions) 11am - 7pm
  • Wednesday, November 23 Sports Basement Santa Rosa, 1970 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa (directions) 11am - 6pm (Sports Basement closes early this day so make sure to get here before 6!)
  • Thursday, November 24 6:30- 8:30am at the Start/Finish, Old Courthouse Square (directions - see our note about parking in Garage 12 on race morning.)

Will you just mail everything to me?

Mailing is now closed. All your things can be picked at Sports Basement or at the Start on Thanksgiving morning!

Are there Virtual Races?

We are not currently planning a Virtual Race for 2022.

Should I wear my turkey suit?

Oh yes! You absolutely should! We will choose folks in costume for special gifts on race day. Post yourself running in turkey garb and tag us at #santarosaturkeytrot and we may send you something nifty. 

Will there be prizes for the winners?

There are prizes for the top three male and female finishers (13 and above) and the top three young male and female finishers (0 - 12).

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