The Stratford Turkey Day Trot has become one of the largest of its kind in the area. From its humble start 18 years ago with under 100 people in Stratford Center our event has grown each year to now over 800 people each year.
Our 5k event is successful and safe because of the tremendous support and cooperation of the Stratford Police, EMS, Public Works & Fire Departments.
Late registration -
Tues 11/26 & Weds 11/27 before Thanksgiving during pickup hours (below) at CRUNCH FITNESS - but pricing increases to $40 (19+) & $30 (18 & Under)
BY THEN WE MAY NOT HAVE SHIRTS OR YOUR SIZE. So don’t wait!
ONLINE PRE REG CLOSES MONDAY 11/25 at 8pm sharp. T-Shirt size guarantee ended November 16
NO REGISTRATION ON THANKSGIVING DAY. NO REGISTRATION ON THANKSGIVING DAY. NO REGISTRATION ON THANKSGIVING DAY.
AVOID PRE-THANKSGIVING STRESS you'll have enough later...
Pickup shirts & bibs EARLY at CRUNCH FITNESS CENTER - 1100 Barnum Ave, Stratford
Tuesday Nov 26 2pm-8pm
Wednesday Nov 27 1pm-7pm LATE REG $40 / $30 11/26 & 11/27 - ONLY if not sold out.
THURSDAY Nov 28 PICKUP 7am- 8am sharp
THERE IS NO REGISTRATION ON RACE DAY. WE CLOSE REGISTRATION AT 1100 PARTICIPANTS. DON'T GET SHUT OUT.
NEW THIS YEAR- TWO NEW RESTAURANTS AT THE FINISH LINE WILL BE OPEN AT 7AM AND OFFERING SPECIALS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS, FRIENDS, FAMILY & VOLUNTEERS! Bring a few $$.
CIBUS DOS- Will be open 7am- 11am serving TAPPAS, and beverages. The bar will be open for both ADULT HYDRATION and soft drinks. CIBUS DOS is located directly opposite the finish line on Main St.
SADIE'S PLACE will open at 7am and will be running a TURKEY TROT SPECIAL. JUST $5 gets you an egg sandwich on a roll, choice of meat, with cheese AND choice of coffee, or bottled juice or water! Sadie's Place is in the lot on the left as you run down Main St. just before the finish.
The very flat and fast course has attracted runners and walkers from the four corners of CT, New England & beyond. OUR 5K COURSE IS VERY FRIENDLY- suitable for all abilities.
Our family-friendly 5k (3.11mi) run/walk takes place on a course that starts in the heart of our downtown center. You’ll run down East Broadway and take a right on Elm St. From there you’ll run thru the historic section of town with a straight shot, out and back on Elm St, You’ll do a quick turn around on Main St and go past the water table on your way back to the finish. Before you get back downtown you'll run a loop around the parking lot where the historically famous Shakespeare Theater used to be (it burned to the ground in January)...right near the Housatonic River.
We use computer bib-chip timing for fast & accurate results. You must wear your own registered bib.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR BIB IS PINNED ON FRONT - NOT COVERED BY CLOTHING & not folded over.
WARNING - Using another person's bib or an exchange of bibs is illegal, affects the total race results, and delays emergency services. We will be happy to exchange or switch a bib if needed- at no charge. But this must be done through our timer at pickup Tuesday 11/26 or Wednesday night 11/27.
You’ll get a great cotton long sleeve T-shirt (guaranteed sizing only if you pre register by November 16 - after that ‘as available’ and we may run out!) We may even have some extra women's sized dri-fit shirts printed up. If so they will be pickup.
Snacks & fluids after your finish - but don’t fill up! You’ve got dinner later in the day.
PARKING- THE START AND FINISH ARE WITHIN 200 YARDS OF THE STRATFORD RAILROAD STATION. There are also spaces available behind the theatre at the finish and across the street behind the restaurants. THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE 5K COURSE- the police will tow.
Awards: Male & Female Champions receive prizes & are removed from their age groups.
Age Group Awards male & female - three deep (1st, 2nd, 3rd) for 9 & under, 10-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90+ PLEASE STAY FOR YOUR AWARD-
Registration fee outline
2/1 - 3/31 THE LOWEST FEES & NO ONLINE CHARGE
$25 ages 19 & over / $20 ages 18 & under
4/1 - 7/31 $28 / $22
8/1 - 9/30 $30 / $23
10/1 - 10/31 $32 / $24
11/1 - 11/25 $35 / $25
AVOID THANKSGIVING STRESS
Pickup shirts & bibs at CRUNCH FITNESS CENTER - 1100 Barnum Ave, Stratford, CT
LATE REG $40 / $30 11/26 & 11/27 - ONLY if not sold out.
Tuesday Nov 26 2pm-8pm
Wednesday Nov 27 1pm-7pm
THURSDAY Nov 28 PICKUP 7am- 8am sharp
The Stratford Police & EMS have helped to determine this event number cutoff in the interest of safety. There will not be any exceptions.
The proceeds of the Stratford Turkey Day Trot have averaged over $10,000 each of the last five years. These funds are donated to many non-profit groups & charities from within our Stratford Community. A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated AND useful.
Our event is always in need of sponsor partners. Please contact Marty Schaivone if you’d like to partner with us or can introduce us to a potential sponsor - firstname.lastname@example.org
The charities that have received donations from the proceeds of the race the past three years:
Town of Stratford Recreaction Department
Town of Stratford Community Services
Stratford Police Explorers
Masonic House Learning Center for Dyslexia
WICC Holiday Fund
Second Hill Lane PTA
We thank you for participating this year so that we may continue to provide needed donations for these worthy charities in our town.
Severe Weather & Cancellation Policy -This event is being held rain or shine. Weather forecasts are tracked for heavy rain, thunder, and lightning, high winds, snow, etc. If there is a possibility of threatening weather, the information will be posted on our web site and social media pages to alert participants of possible changes. We will also do our best to send an e-blast to all pre-registered that have supplied us with a viable email address. Severe weather or a forecast to become severe during the event could change the race start time. This event could be postponed or canceled. No Refunds can be given if the event is delayed, postponed, or canceled due to severe weather or by the direction of Facility Directors, Park Services, Police, or State Officials.
This race is directed by Marty Schaivone – M.S. Running Productions. MSRP helps to direct over 50 other events which last year raised over $250,000 for charities including Park City Classic 5K/5 mile in Bridgeport, Black Rock "Run for the Rock", Milford Bank Moves for Veterans, MADD Dash in Stratford, Colony Grill Hot Oil 5K in Fairfield, Cow Chip Cross Country Run & Jingle Bell Run in Trumbull, and over 45 other events in Fairfield County.
The 2019 MSRP schedule: www.hitekracing.com/msrunning