Q: What Kind of Weather Should I Expect on Race Day?
A: Usually we leave the weather predictions to the professionals, but typically temperatures range between 47-69 degrees Fahrenheit in late November in Charleston. We've been blessed with clear skies for many of the past ten years and we're hoping for more of the same in 2018!
- Nov. 22, 2017 - 57 degrees
- Nov. 26, 2015 - 65 degrees
- Nov. 27, 2014 - 57 degrees
- Nov. 28, 2013 - 36 degrees
- Nov. 24, 2012 - 54 degrees
- Nov. 25, 2011 - 70 degrees
- Nov. 26, 2009 - 56 degrees
- Nov. 27, 2008 - 56 degrees
Q: What if it rains on race day?
A: Just like the postman, we run rain or shine. So cross your fingers for sun and we'll see you out there!
Q: can i bring my dog to the race?
Q: CAN I BRING MY STROLLER TO THE RACE?
Q: where should i park on race day?
Q: How can I pre-register for the race?
Q: what if i missed online registration?
A: Don't worry - it's not too late! You can register in person at the Expo on the day prior to the race or on the morning of the race. The Expo tent is located on the Northeast side of Marion Square, next to Embassy Suites (337 Meeting Street). In-person registration dates are as follows:
- Weds. Nov. 21st: 8 am - 7 pm
- Thurs. Nov. 22nd: 7:00 am - 8:45 am (Unless Race reaches city imposed limit of 8,500 participants on Wednesday)
Q: How much is registration?
A: Register early to get the best price!
Early Online Registration: Available until midnight on Nov. 18th
$45 w/ Pull Behind Wagon, $35 w/ T-Shirt, $30 w/o a T-Shirt
Late Registration: Nov. 21st
$50 w/ Pull Behind Wagon, $40 w/ T-Shirt, $35 w/o a T-Shirt
Race Day Registration:
$45; long-sleeve shirt included (while supplies last)
**Registration for runners over 75 is FREE (REGISTER AT THE EXPO OR ON RACE DAY); T-shirt $10 extra
Q: WHat activities are available for kids?
A: The Turkey Day Run is a family affair and we've got plenty of activities for the little ones. At 10:30 am, we have the annual Children's Fun Run. The Fun Run is broken into four age categories:
- Age 3 and Under: 25-meter run beginning at 10:30 am
- Ages 4-5: 50-meter run beginning at 10:35 am
- Ages 6-7: 100-meter run beginning at 10:40 am
- Ages 8-10: 200-meter run beginning at 10:45 am
Each child participating receives a t-shirt (while supplies last) and medal after completing the race.
Additionally, we schedule other activities for children that vary by year. Past years have included bouncy castles, face painting and a Krispy Kreme dunking station.
Q: how can i register my child for the fun run?
A: You can register your child online or in person at the same time you register for the 5K. Entry fee is $10 per child and includes a running bib, free t-shirt and prize for participation. Space is limited to 500 runners so register early!
Participation in the Children's Fun Run does prevent your child from participating in the 5K and some families opt to have the entire family walk the race together. Strollers are NOT permitted on the race course this year! However we do have a Pull Behind Wagon option for our smallest tots, please note that all Pull Behind Wagons must start in the last corral and this will be strictly enforced!
Q: what are the course records?
Competitive runners travel from all over to participate in the annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble and we track race records.
Men: Bobby Mack - 14:20 (2015)
Women: Maggie Kraft - 16:32 (1990)
Q: what kinds of awards will be given out at the race?
A: Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the amount of $500, $250, and $100, respectively. The winners of the Master and Grand Master age groups will each receive $100.
The top 10 male and female overall finishers as well as the Master and Grand Master will each receive framed artwork by a local artist. The top five finishers in each age group will win a small trophy.
Note: There is a $100 bonus for setting a new course record, courtesy of Charlestowne Road Race Services.