15th Annual Turkey Trot

Our Major Sponsors

Event Description

Way Station, Inc., an active member of the Frederick community for over 35 years, is hosting our annual 5k run and 1k fun run/walk on Thanksgiving Day.  This event benefits children, adolescents and adults with serious mental illness by enabling Way Station to assist them with their daily living, housing and employment goals.

Way Station’s Turkey Trot has become an annual Thanksgiving morning tradition in beautiful, historic downtown Frederick, MD. For 14 years, Way Station has been hosting this event, bringing family, friends and local business together for a morning of fun, fellowship and exercise.  It’s a great start to your Thanksgiving Day and the holiday season.  Your participation and support of this event benefits individuals in your own community who are living with long term mental illness.  Way Station staff provide person-centered services and support as they work towards achieving personal goals of living, working and enjoying the community in which they live.

Race/Registration Information

Race

Start & Finish: William Talley Rec Center, 2nd & Bentz Streets, Frederick, MD 21701
Race Premium will be given to the first 3500 pre-registrants. Packets will not be mailed.

Course Map:

Registration/Fees:

Before November 1st:
5K - $20.00
1K - $15.00
November 1st through November 19th:
Youth 5K (17 & Under) $20.00
Adult 5K (18 +) $25.00
1K - $15.00
November 20th, 21st, 22nd, Race Day (Cash or Check Only):
Youth 5K (17 & Under) $25.00
Adult 5K (18+) $30.00
1K - $15.00
Online Registration: Click here to register.
Mail-In Registration: Mail entry form and fee to: Turkey Trot, PO Box 3826, Frederick, MD 21705-3826

Packet Pick-Up/Late Registration Information (cash or check only)

Location: Way Station, 204 Abrecht Place, Frederick, MD 21701
Dates & Times:
Monday, 11/20, 10am – 4pm
Tuesday, 11/21, 10am – 4pm
Wednesday, 11/22, 10am – 2pm
Limited Race Day Registration 7:00am – 7:45am at the Baker Park Band Shell

Sponsorship Opportunities

Browse our buffet of sponsorship opportunities – surely there’s one that will satisfy your appetite!

As a FULL GOBBLE Sponsor ($1,000+), your company/organization will receive:
• Premium placement of your company logo on the event website with link to your website
• Your company logo on related press materials.
• Opportunity to connect with 4,000 participants by providing your company promotional materials, coupons, and/or giveaway items at packet pickup.
• Table/exhibit setup at packet pick up and on-site the day of the event.
• Your banner prominently displayed at the event.
• Sponsorship recognition on the event Facebook page.
• Audio announcement of business name at the beginning of the race and recognition during the event.
• Four free race entries.

As a PUMPKIN PROVIDER Sponsor ($500), your company/organization will receive:
• Your company logo on the event website and related press materials.
• Opportunity to connect with 4,000 participants by providing your company promotional materials, coupons, and/or giveaway items at packet pick-up
• Table/exhibit setup at packet pick up and on-site the day of the event.
• Sponsorship recognition on the event Facebook page.
• Audio announcement of business name at the event.
• Three free race entries.

As a MASHED POTATO MILE MARKER Sponsor ($350), your company/organization will receive:
• Your company logo on Mile Marker 1 or Mile Marker 2 (only two slots available!)
• Opportunity to connect with 4,000 participants by providing your company promotional materials, coupons, and/or giveaway items at packet pickup.
• Sponsorship recognition on the event Facebook page.
• Two free race entries.

As a GRAVY GIVER Sponsor ($250), your company/organization will receive:
• Opportunity to connect with 4,000 participants by providing your company promotional materials, coupons, and/or giveaway items at packet pickup.
• Sponsorship recognition on the event Facebook page.
• One free race entry.

OTHER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (includes your company name on event Facebook page)
• Advertising / Giveaways at Packet Pick Up ($100)
• Cash donation
• Pre- or Post-race food or beverage donation
• Prize donation (gift certificates to your business, free products, etc.)

Click HERE for a sponsorship application.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

To put on a race this large, it takes the work of many volunteers.  We welcome all the help we can get!   If you’re not running but you’d like to be part of this super community event, you can volunteer! We could use help during Packet Pick Up or on Race Day. If interested, please contact us via email at turkeytrot@waystationinc.org.

For anyone needing documented volunteer time, we ask that any documentation required be submitted to the race coordinator 2-weeks prior to the race.  But we also need to clarify that running in the race doesn’t count towards volunteer time.

Understand that Race Day volunteers will need to report to the Drees Ticket Booth at Baker Park at 6:30am the morning of the race for your volunteer assignment.  If you have a certain task that you want to help with, please let us know in advance.

 

THANKS FOR VOLUNTEERING!

It’s a great way to start Thanksgiving Day!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

BACKGROUND

Why Way Station’s Annual 5K Turkey Trot and 1K Fun Run/Walk?

This event has become Frederick’s Thanksgiving morning family tradition! 15 years running, we anticipate upwards of 4,000 participants this year. Way Station has been an active member of the Frederick community for over 35 years, supporting children, adolescents and adults with serious mental illness with their daily living, housing and employment goals.

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Where do I register?

http://wsiturkeytrot.kintera.org

Download a registration form - Turkey Trot Registration Form 2017

In person at 204 Abrecht Place, Frederick, MD 21701, Cash or Check Only!

Monday, November 20th, From 10am-4pm

Tuesday, November 21st, From 10am-4pm

Wednesday, November 22nd, From 10am-2pm

Race Day registration 7:00am -7:45am in the Ticket Booth at Baker Park Band Shell. Cash or Check Only! We cannot guarantee chip timing or commemorative gifts for race day registrants.

What is the deadline for registration?

Online registration will close on Sunday, November 19th at 11:59pm.

Late Registration at 204 Abrecht Place, Frederick, MD 21701, Cash or Check Only!

Monday, November 20th, From 10am-4pm

Tuesday, November 21st, From 10am-4pm

Wednesday, November 22nd, From 10am-2pm

Race Day registration 7:00am -7:45am in the Ticket Booth at Baker Park Band Shell. Cash or Check Only! We cannot guarantee chip timing or commemorative gifts for race day registrants.

How do I make sure I am registered?

You will receive a confirmation email when you register online.

What is included with registration?

Registration includes your bib number, sponsored “give aways” at packet pick up; commemorative gift for the first 3500 registrants; chip timing for registrations by 2:00pm on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017. We cannot guarantee chip timing or commemorative gifts for race day registrants.

May I register someone else?

Certainly. You may register someone the same way you registered yourself. If you register during the late registration, please be sure to know the person’s full name, correct spelling, and date of birth (and have the registration fee!).

May I register with a Team?

Family, friends and co-worker teams are certainly encouraged. However, Way Station’s 5K Turkey Trot is an individually timed event. Winners are based off of individual times.

Where is packet pick-up and when?

Location: 204 Abrecht Place, Frederick, MD 21701

Monday, November 20th, From 10am-4pm

Tuesday, November 21st, From 10am-4pm

Wednesday, November 22nd, From 10am-2pm

All remaining packets can be picked up at the race near the band shell. No packets/bibs will be mailed.

May I get a refund, transfer my registration to another person or roll over my registration to the next year?

Sorry! There are no refunds given for any reason, and no roll-overs to the next year. Please email us at turkeytrot@waystationinc.org to transfer a registration. Transfers cannot be done after on-line registration closes.

May I register on race day?

Race day registration is between 7:00am – 7:45am at the Baker Park Band Shell Ticket Booth. Cash or Check Only! We cannot guarantee chip timing, inclusion in official race results or commemorative gifts for race day registrants.

What happens if I am unable to participate in the event after I register?

There are no refunds. Please consider your registration as a donation to Way Station, Inc. Thank you!

Can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes, with your permission. Please have the runner’s full name, correct spelling, date of birth and address.

How many runners are allowed to participate?

No limits. The more the merrier!

Do I need prior experience running a 5K?

Not at all. Way Station’s Turkey Trot is for runners, walkers and trotters of all skill levels. Please let the serious contenders start at the front.

How do I get some of those cool Turkey Trot accessories I’ve seen all about town?

Each year, the first 3500 registrants receive a commemorative gift. You’ve probably seen shirts, caps, gloves, buffs and even socks! This year’s gift is . . . . Well, it wouldn’t be fun if we told you now. You’ll just have to wait and see!

Can I walk the course?

Yes! We have many trotters who come out for an enjoyable Thanksgiving morning / pre-feast walk!

Can my dog run with me?

No, sorry! Please leave pets at home with whoever is cooking the Thanksgiving feast. They’ll be happier there.

May I push my baby in a stroller?

Yes, little Turkey Trotters in strollers are welcome. Please position yourself towards the back of the line. You can work your way up after the race begins and the crowd thins out allowing more room for you and the stroller.

Where are good locations for my friends and family to cheer me on?

Most supporters line up along 2nd Street sidewalks as our Turkey Trotters approach the finish line. Please cheer for everyone who’s coming in.

What should I wear to the Turkey Trot?

All of your Turkey Trot gear of course! Hats, gloves, socks, shirts and buffs. Save the space for this year’s awesome commemorative gift. Of course, pay attention to the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

PRICING INFORMATION:

Early Bird:

5K - August 1st – October 31st: $20.00

1K – August 1st – October 31st: $15.00

 

November 1st – November 19th

5K - Adults (18+) $25.00; Youth (17 and Under) $20.00

1K - $15.00

On Line Registration Closes Sunday, November 19th

Packet Pick Up and Race Day Registrations

Monday, November 20th – Thursday, November 23rd

5K Adults (18+) $30.00; Youth (17 and Under) $25.00

1K $15.00

ONLINE REGISTRATION: http://wsiturkeytrot.kintera.org

TIMING AND RESULTS 

How is this race being timed?

Way Station’s annual Turkey Trot is chip timed by Run Washington http://www.runwashington.com/results/)

When will I be able to see the results?

Preliminary results will be posted after the race on site and there will be medals for the top finishers in the different age categories. Formal results will be posted online at Run Washington’s Website http://www.runwashington.com/results/ and Way Station’s Website http://www.waystationinc.org/turkey_trot_15/

Will I be able to see the course map before the race?

Yes! You can view the course maps for both the 1K and 5K at http://www.waystationinc.org/turkey_trot_15/

RACE DAY

Where is the race?

The Turkey Trot starts and finishes near the Baker Park Band Shell in beautiful historic Frederick, MD. You won’t be able to miss the thousands of trotters lining up at the corner of 2nd Street and Bentz Street!

Where to I park?

Arrive early to ensure parking on the surrounding streets (W. Patrick St, Carroll Parkway, Bentz St, etc.). The police will close 2nd Street and others in the immediate vicinity around 7:00am. There is a parking garage in the 100 block of W. Patrick Street that would be convenient too.

What are the times of the events?

7:00-8:15 Registration / Packet Pick Up

7:45        Opening Ceremony

8:00        1K Start (Medals for 10 and under participants immediately following)

8:30        5K Start

10:00     5K Medals / Awards

Are the miles marked?

Yes. We will have signs at each mile. If you would like to sponsor a mile marker, contact us for sponsorship opportunities.

Is there a place I can drop off my belongings during the event?

No, sorry! Please leave personal belongings in your vehicle or at home.

Where are good locations to cheer?

Most supporters line up along 2nd Street sidewalks as our Turkey Trotters approach the finish line. Please cheer for everyone who’s coming in!

Will there be a photographer on site?

Yes! Our staff will be taking pictures throughout the event and we will post on-line on our Facebook Page Frederick Turkey Trot and on our website http://www.waystationinc.org/turkey_trot_15/

POST RACE

Are there awards?

You bet! Medals for the young 1K trotters. Trophies for the overall top female and male 5K runners and medals for the 5K top finishers in different age/gender categories.

What do I do after the race?

Have your picture taken by our staff photographers; get a snack and something to drink; enjoy the park and downtown with your family and friends!

CONTACT

Where can I find more information?

Way Station Website: http://www.waystationinc.org/turkey_trot_15

Facebook: Frederick Turkey Trot

Email: Turkeytrot@waystationinc.org

Phone: 301-662-0099 x 3553

 

 

Directions to Turkey Trot

From Washington, DC: Take I-270 North to Frederick. I-270 becomes Route 15 at the Frederick County line. Proceed on Route 15 and exit at Rosemont Avenue. When you come off the ramp, you will come to a traffic light. Go straight through the traffic light and now you will be on W. Second Street.

From Hagerstown, MD: Take I-70 East and exit at the Frederick Exit. Once you come off the ramp you will be on Route 40 heading East. Keep going East (past all the shopping malls). Take the Route 15 North exit (it will be on the left). Once you are on Route 15 North, take the Rosemont Avenue exit. When you come off the ramp, you will come to a traffic light. Go straight through the traffic light and now you will be on W. Second Street.

From Gettysburg, PA: Take Route 15 South and exit at the Rosemont Avenue exit. As you come off the ramp, keep bearing right onto Rosemont Avenue. At the very next traffic light, turn right onto W. Second Street.

From Baltimore, MD: Take I-70 West. Exit at the Route 15 North (Gettysburg) exit. Proceed north on Route 15 and get off at the Rosemont Avenue exit. When you come off the ramp, you will come to a traffic light. Go straight through the traffic light and now you will be on W. Second Street.  Once on W. Second Street you will pass Culler Lake on your right. When you come to the intersection of W. Second Street and College Ave., find a parking space because the race will start in the block ahead of you --just past the tennis courts. The Armory is at the corner of W. 2nd Street and Bentz Street.