The Stratford Turkey Day Trot has become one of the largest of its kind in the area. From its humble start in Stratford Center over 20 years ago with under 100 people, our event has grown to average 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.
THIS SITE AND RACE IS BEING POSTED AS OF SEPTEMBER. BE AWARE THAT IF ANY COVID RELATED MANDATES ARE INACTED THAT LEAD TO THE CANCELATION OF THIS EVENT THERE WILL NOT BE REFUNDS.
ALL REG FEES WILL BE GIVEN TO OUR CHARITIES AFTER EXPENSES HAVE BEEN PAID.
THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.
Shirt size guarantee ends November 6. We must order shirts and get them printed. Any registration after 11/6 will get shirts ‘as available’ at pickup.
We will again be collecting food for the Sterling House Pantry during our two pickup days and on Thanksgiving morning.
AVOID PRE-THANKSGIVING STRESS- you'll have enough later!
Pickup shirts & bibs EARLY at Riverview Restaurant in Stratford
Tuesday Nov 22 2pm-8pm
Wednesday Nov 23 2pm-6pm
LATE REG 11/22 -11/24 $40 for 19 & over $30 for 18 & under
ONLY if not sold out & only online! Shirts may NOT be available.
THURSDAY Nov 24 PICKUP 7am- 8am sharp!
At race site- downtown Stratford at the Masonic Auditorium - the former Stratford Theatre 2422 Main St.
WE CLOSE REGISTRATION AT 1000 PARTICIPANTS. DON'T GET SHUT OUT.
AGAIN THIS YEAR- AT THE FINISH LINE
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.
NEW THIS YEAR- Frenchie’s Cafe open 7:30am - noon. Located in Colonial square behind the start/finish area & has great hot fluids, pastry & more. 10% off with your bib.
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 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 a few years back)...right near the Housatonic River. From there you’re back the way you came, with the finish line just past the Stratford Theatre.
We use computer bib-chip timing for fast & accurate results. You must wear your own registered bib.
PLEASE do not exchange or give your bib to anyone else- doing so affects our results, awards & delays emergency services
We will hold a FREE Kids run prior to the race at 8:05am. Ages 9 & under recommended. An adult can accompany a child if it helps avoid drama (for either one).
PLEASE DO NOT GIVE AWAY OR EXCHANGE YOUR BIB WITH SOMEONE. IT CAUSES HUGE PROBLEMS, MESSES UP THE RESULTS AND DELAYS EMERGENCY RESPONSE!
IF NEEDED. SEE THE RACE DIRECTOR OR TIMER DURING BIB PICKUP OR ON RACE DAY AND WE CAN MAKE THE CHANGE. If you give/take a bib without letting us know before the start, both parties will be disqualified.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR BIB IS PINNED ON FRONT - NOT COVERED BY CLOTHING & not folded over.
You’ll get a great cotton long sleeve T-shirt (guaranteed sizing only if you pre register by November 14)
After that ‘as available’ and we may run out! We may even have some extra women's sized dri-fit shirts printed.
If so they will be at 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 where there are hundreds of spaces. 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 are removed from their age groups and given separate awards.
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 PICK UP YOUR AWARD AFTER YOU FINISH. WE WILL DISTRIBUTE THEM NEAR THE FINISH. WE WILL NOT HAVE A FORMAL CEREMONY.
WE WILL NOT MAIL THEM but pickup will be available the following week.
COSTUME CONTEST- The winner receives a $50 gift card from Paradise Pizza!
ONLINE ONLY- NO PAPER ENTRY- NO CASH ACCEPTED
7/24 - 8/31 THE LOWEST FEES
$28 ages 19 & over / $22 ages 18 & under
9/1 - 10/24 $33 / $24 Shirt size guarantee ends 11/6
10/25 - 11/21 $36 / $27
11/22-11/24 $40 / $30 if not sold out & online only- use your device!
Up till 8am. No cash/paper entries.
BIB & SWAG PICKUP & Late registration if not sold out-
TUES 11/22 2-8 pm at Riverview Restaurant
946 Ferry Blvd Stratford
WEDS 11/23 2-6pm at Riverview Restaurant
Thanksgiving morning schedule:
6:00 am - Wake up, have a coffee, do your thing
7:00 am - Leave early to avoid traffic and parking hassle
8:00 am - Online late registration closes, Cibos dos open
8:05 am - FREE Kids run around the Main St block
8:10 am - Announcements, National Anthem
8:15 am - Turkey Trot 5K start
8:30 am - Snacks, awards, & adult hydration @ Cibos dos
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 - email@example.com
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 35 other events each year that have raised over $300,000 for charities. Other races in Stratford include the Little Pub Margarita Run/Cinco de Mama, Two Roads Shore to the Pour, the Short Beach Summer 5k, the Leprechaun Run, and the Last Chance for Romance. Others include the Black Rock "Run for the Rock", Milford Bank Moves for Veterans, the Colony Grill Hot Oil 5K and Bigelow Tea Run in Fairfield, The Great Pumpkin Classic, Cow Chip Cross Country Run & Jingle Bell Run in Trumbull, and over 20 more events in Fairfield County.
The 2022 MSRP schedule is very tentative due to covid but will soon be posted at: www.hitekracing.com/msrunning