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Turkey Day 5K

Thu November 23, 2023 Sanford, FL 32771 US Directions RaceJoy Ready


Special Pricing for Youth & Seniors!

Turkey Day 5K

8:00AM EST


600 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL US 32771


11/21/23 - IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION:  We are getting a lot of emails about registering at our event.  We are going to open online registration again at 5:00pm tomorrow evening.  This will allow you to pay for your spot, BUT does not assign a bib.  Bibs will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis on the day of the race.  We have about 50 event bibs remaining.  With an event bib, you will get a finisher medal.  After the event bibs are sold out, we will issue generic Race Time Sports bibs.  This bib will still track your time and you are still eligible for awards.  After the race event, you can check with us to see if we have any leftover finisher medals.  We feel this is the fairest scenario to give everyone a chance to get an event bib.  We will also have computers onsite that you can register online if you want to pay by cash.  No checks are accepted.  We apologize that we are sold out.  We keep buying more bibs and finisher medals each year and we still sell out.  This is the third year we have sold out in a row.

11/13/23 - IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SHIRTS:  We had to order shirts on Monday, November 6 to guarantee we will have them printed and shipped to us before packet pick up.  We ordered an extra 400 shirts over the current registration at that time and quantities were spread out over the different sizes.  We are currently sold out of all shirts.  No exchanges until after the race event has been completed.

The 14th Annual Turkey Day 5K in Sanford, Florida is back!!  While the pandemic these past couple of years has drastically changed all of our lives, we are excited to return to our more traditional event as Seminole County's largest Thanksgiving Day fun run.  This event is open to all participants - competitive runners, joggers and walkers as a great annual tradition for all families and friends.

And don't forget - Free Starbucks Coffee, Hot Chocolate and donuts from Sanford's own Donuts To Go. 

Turkey Day 5K In Person Costume Contest:
Come dressed in your favorite and most unique Thanksgiving Day costume.  Be sure to arrive early so that our judges can select our finalists by 7:35am.  At 7:40am, we will have the finalists gather by the starting corral where all of the participants in the race will vote by loudest applause for the overall winner.  The winner of the costume contest will received a $100 Visa gift card.  This contest is open to all registered participants with a race bib.

LIVE RACE Early Registration: (all registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable)
$25 through September 4
$30 September 5 - November 12
$35 November 13 - November 19
$40 After November 19 - Packet Pick Up through Race Day Registration

Youth Registration:(ages 14 and Under)
$20 through September 4
$25 September 5 through November 19
$40 After November 19 - Packet Pick Up through Race Day Registration

Senior Registration: (ages 60 and Over)
$20 through September 4
$25 September 5 through November 19
$40 After November 19 - Packet Pick Up through Race Day Registration

Timing and Scoring:
This fun run will be chip timed.  All registered runners will receive individual times.  Times will also be posted on the results board onsite as well as live results online.

Finisher Medals:
All participants will receive a finisher medal.

All runners registered by Monday, November 6 will be guaranteed their requested shirt size.  We will do our best to accommodate anyone registering after Monday, November 6th to get their requested shirt size, however shirt sizes may limited.

We will have awards for the overall male and female winner and for the top three male and female winners in each of the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.

Race Course Map
***See Below***

Pre Race Packet Pick Up
Pre event packet pick up will be Monday, November 20th from 10:00am to 7:00pm,  Tuesday, November 21st from 10am to 7pm, and Wednesday, November 22nd from 10am to 3pm at Front Running Sports located at 1061 S. Sun Drive, Unit 1097, Lake Mary, FL 32746.  If you are not able to make it to pick up early, you may have a friend or family member pick up for you.  No I.D. required.  Also, we will have your packet available for pick up the morning of the event at the event site starting at 7am

Everyone is Welcome:
This is an event for ALL levels to participate.  Runners, Walkers, and strollers and baby joggers are all welcome.

Event Beneficiary:
This event will benefit the HOPE Helps, Inc.  HOPE Helps, Inc's mission is to prevent and reduce homelessness in Central Florida by equipping individuals and families to become self-sufficient through Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Education..  We ask ALL participants on race morning to bring some non perishable food to help stock their food pantry and feed those in need.  

Also, feel free to bring used running shoes.  This is VERY POPULAR each year and we were able to give out dozens of pairs of shoes to those in need. :)

Race Contact Info

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Turkey Day 5K.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To

Course Map and Parking

*** Please note:  The walk from the parking lot areas to the start line can take up to 10 minutes.  ***

The best way to get to the parking areas is to travel on 3rd Street from 17-92.  Once you reach Palmetto, turn left towards the parking areas.  Law enforcement and Citizens on Patrol will be at 1st Street to guide you to the parking areas shown on the attached map.  Follow the "BLUE" line for the quickest way to the parking areas. 

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.




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