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Thanksgiving is coming and so is the 2020 Tallahassee Turkey Trot. Yes, COVID-19 has caused some major changes in operations this year. But we want to protect what has always been our most important goal – helping build a sense of community through running together on Thanksgiving Day. Your opportunity to run the 2020 Tallahassee Turkey Trot in a virtual way is real but the bringing us together part is where the digital world steps in to help.
Gulf Winds Track Club is partnering with Mega Ace Media, LLC and Florida A&M University to create a digital platform where we all can be together without having COVID-19 lurking around. Welcome to the 2020 Tallahassee Turkey Trot YouTube broadcast. Our broadcast team will keep you updated with a 90- minute live broadcast starting at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning beginning with the ringing of the Turkey Trot Bell. Using the Zoom platform, Mega Ace will provide a link to runners to sign on before they start running. All broadcasts will funnel into a main production hub where both timing screens of runners, as well as selected runners can be highlighted during the event. Once the event is completed, runners will be able to view the broadcast as a spectator.
Runners can run a 1-mile race, 5k, 10k or 15K distance (the Turkey Trot option) anywhere they want to run, any time they want to run, as long as the run does not start before Thanksgiving and is completed by midnight the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Because so many people run Turkey Trot every year, we strongly recommend not rushing to an 8:30 a.m. start on Esplanade Way. There will be none of the traditional support options on the course. The better option is to go from your house or run your favorite route, wherever that is.
Runners will be able to order a t- shirt, download their own customized racing bib, record their times via RunSignUp and if they complete the event they can order a finisher’s medal. Remember, there will be no traffic control, no aid on the course and no independent confirmation of finish times or awards.
But you do still have a chance to be a part of a unique Tallahassee Turkey Trot, including support for our nonprofit beneficiaries. The Refuge House, the Kearney Center and the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend. Their needs are greater than ever in these challenging times. There is no reason we cannot make this a record-breaking year for them.
Registration is online only and is open through midnight on Sunday, November 29. We are not accepting paper forms this year.
Members of GWTC registering in the individual category receive a $2 discount, which will automatically be applied at checkout for GWTC members signed in to their RunSignUp account at the time of registration.
Time and place to be announced.
Participants will upload their results to one of the four race results sets on the Turkey Trot race page on RunSignup (RSU). It is very easy to do, and you will receive instructions by email. We also invite you to share your race experience with others by uploading race photos on the RSU race page. You must be logged into your account to upload race results and photos. Results must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m., on Sunday, November 29.
People of all ages in Tallahassee love to run. Among the most dedicated are our elementary and middle school runners. Gulf Winds is committed to helping this age group by providing grants, instruction and opportunity.
Schools qualify for a Turkey Trot Partners in Excellence Grant by registering for the Virtual Turkey Trot and encouraging their family members, teachers and school employees to do the same. Be sure to have them choose your school during the registration process.
The first set of grants will go to the middle and elementary schools with the most registrants in one of the virtual Turkey Trot races. The middle school and the elementary school with the most registrants will receive a $300 grant and a trophy to display. Schools receive 2 points for every registered student and teacher of the school and one point for every registered family member or school employee. Schools must have a minimum of 50 registrants to win top prizes. Second place teams will win $150 if they have at least 30 registrants. All teams with 20 or more registrants will receive special recognition.
We also want to recognize the top middle and elementary schools that donate the most toiletry items, canned goods or clothing items, which will be donated to Second Harvest of the Big Bend. Items must be in good shape. The schools that bring the most donations (time and date TBA) for friends in need will receive $300 while the second-place school will receive $150.
Join this event and invite your friends on Facebook.