Thu November 24, 2022 Directions

5k Run Walk

$30 8:00AM EST Price increases after July 30, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

5k GRPS Students

$30 7:55AM EST Price increases after July 30, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
Open to ages 5 - 18.

Mini Trot

$0 9:00AM EST Registration ends November 24, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

My Team Triumph 5k

$30 7:50AM EST Price increases after July 30, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual 5k Run Walk

$30 Price increases after July 30, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

The 30th Annual Grand Rapids Turkey Trot! Join us on November 24, 2022 (Thanksgiving Day).  Proceeds from the race help to offset the cost of Grand Rapids Public Schools athletics so that all students have the opportunity to participate.

Van Andel Arena
130 Fulton Street W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Race Contact Info

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



Q: What are event the start times?  A: My Team Triumph start 7:50a. GRPS scholar start 7:55a. Community 5k Run/Walk start 8:00a. Mini Trot start to follow at 9am.


Q: Is the course certified?  A: Yes.


Q: Where is the start and finish line?  A: See link to course map/information: Coming soon!


Q: Where do I park on race morning?  A : City street parking and Ellis lots will be available. Be sure to arrive with plenty of time to park and walk to starting line. More information can be found at the following link:


Q: Are there course time limits?  A: The streets will be closed to traffic for one hour at which point participants still on course will need to move to the sidewalks for their own safety. 


Q: Will there be aid stations on the course?  A: Yes, there will be one water stop near the half way point.


Q: Can I bring my dog?  A: No, Four legged friends will need to sit this one out for the safety and comfort of all participants.


Q: What do I get with my registration?  A: A shirt, a timing bib, and a medal.  Please note ALL participants are required to wear timing bib provided at pick up in order to receive an official time. For your safety, we ask that you run with your correct bib.  There is no bandit running allowed. Those observed with incorrect participant bib or no bib will be disqualified and unable to participate in future Turkey Trot events.


Q: Can I walk or jog with my stroller?  A: Strollers are welcome. We ask that if you intend to walk with a stroller that you please line up at the back of the group start. 


Q: I do not run but would like to volunteer. How do I sign up?  A: Awesome! It takes a tribe! We need volunteers race week and race day both. Sign up here: Please contact Jolinda Lucas with additional questions at


Q: Group discount: I am a part of a club or organization that wants to participate as a group. Is there a discount for groups?  A: The Turkey Trot is a fundraising event on behalf of Grand Rapids Public School scholars, we will offer discounts at our discretion in order to maintain alignment with this goal. Follow the Facebook event page here: coming soon! for Tom the Turkey surprise pop-ups all over town this training season! ​ We also encourage our local business owners to support the health and wellness of your staff by signing up to be a corporate wellness sponsor. Email Holly Visser at to find out how! 


Q: Can I request a refund or defer?  A: We understand life happens, but the Grand Rapids Public Schools Turkey Trot provides crucial fundraising for their Great Sports programming and has costs incurred from contracted services. We are unable to provide refunds or deferrals.


Q: How do I change my shirt size?  A: Changes may be made online prior to the event by October 31, 2022 at 11:59pm.

  • Log into your RunSignUp account
  • In your profile, scroll to the bottom of the screen and find “my registered races”
  • Find your RBR registration.  Select “manage”
  • Select “Giveaway” and modify your shirt size/style

*Tech shirt quantities are limited and participants may exchange sizes following the event based on availability. 


Q. When and where is packet pick-up?  A. Details for 2022 are not yet final. Stay tuned for further information.


Q. The Mini Trot. Can adults run? What is the course?  A. Further information coming soon! 


Q: Something came up and I did not run on race day. Can I still pick up my swag?  A: Swag will be available following the event at the Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation office the Tuesday and Thursday following the event during regular office hours (9-5p) 125 Ottawa SW Grand Rapids MI.


Van Andel Arena
130 Fulton Street W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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