The Tess Trail Run

Sat October 17, 2020 Tulsa, OK 74132 US Directions

The Tess Trail Run is back for year 9!

This trail run raises money for The Grief Center right here in Tulsa, providing professional grief counseling for everyone in need - All losses. All Ages. No matter what.

Experience a run unlike any other through Tulsa's own Turkey Mountain trails. New to trail running? This is the perfect place to start! The Tess Trail Run 5K runs a unique course through the hills of Turkey Mountain, and is great for any skill level.

You don't have to be an experienced runner to make a difference! Walk, run, hike, jog, or skip through the trails with us. Every step matters!

This year, we know things are different. Our community looks different, feels different, and is experiencing the outdoors differently. We want all our runners to feel safe and be able to hit the trails together in a way that makes them feel comfortable. That's why this year, we're adding virtual run options!

For The Tess Trail Run's 9th year, runners can pick any of the options below

  • Run the Trail Run 5K or Memorial Mile in person with us at Turkey Mountain on October 17, 2020
  • Run the SAME Tess Trail Run 2020 course at Turkey Mountain as a virtual runner! The RaceJoy app comes with the race course pre-loaded so virtual runners can run the same course as the in-person runners. You will have a two week window to complete the race, and the RaceJoy app will track your distance and time.
  • Run a virtual 5K from anywhere! Track your distance and time using the RaceJoy app. Runners have 2 weeks to complete the 5K from anywhere.

All runners receive a finisher medal and a super soft Tess Trail Run 2020 t-shirt. Let's hit the trails together!

Packet PIckup Party:
Tuesday, October 13th
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Pearl Beach Brew Pub
418 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120

Can't make it to the Packet Pickup? You can grab your bib and swag on Race Day starting at 7:30 a.m.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

COVID-19 Race Precautions

Running Looks Different Now...

Beginning July 19, 2020 the city of Tulsa has a Mask Ordinance in place, stating that "Except as otherwise provided herein, persons located within Public Service Areas of Places of Public Accommodation or an Educational Building are required to wear face coverings at all times when present therein. Except as otherwise provided herein, persons in any Public Setting wherein social or physical distancing cannot be maintained are required to wear face coverings"

What does that mean for The Tess Trail Run?

Spoiler gotta wear a mask!

During check-in and while waiting for the race to begin, all runners, volunteers, and spectators will be asked to wear a mask. All our runners will get neck gaiters in their swag bags - you can throw those over your nose and mouth and rep the Trail Run logo, or bring your own mask.

There are exceptions to the ordinance


  • Persons exercising in communal outdoor spaces, or persons walking or exercising with other persons from the same household in communal outdoor spaces, as long as Physical Distancing is maintained


  • Persons congregating in communal outdoor spaces with other persons not in their same household are required to wear Face Coverings when Physical Distancing is not maintained

Translation: Once you're on the trail and running, you no longer have to wear your mask, as long as you're running with someone from your own household OR you're 6 feet away from other runners.

What if I signed up to run in-person, but I changed my mind?

No problem! We can switch you to one of our virtual events at no extra cost. Just email our Race Director at and she will switch your event.

Summary: Be smart and be safe trail runners!

We appreciate your support and we want to keep the safety of our amazing runners, walkers, and volunteers as our priority.

See you on the trails!

6850 S Elwood Ave
Turkey Mountain
Tulsa, OK US 74132

Available for Apple and Android devices.

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 Tess Trail Run.

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.
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