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Mercer County Turkey Trot

Thu November 22, 2018
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Location: West Windsor, NJ US 08550 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk
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Additional race information can be found at https://www.mercercountyturkeytrot.com/.

Event Time Price Details
5K Run
8:30AM EST
1,500 spots left.
Price increases October 31, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT
1Mi Walk/Fun Run
8:45AM EST
300 spots left.
Registration ends November 22, 2018 at 10:40pm EST
Mercer County Park (West Picnic Area)
West Windsor, NJ US 08550

The Sixth Annual Mercer County Turkey Trot - a 5K race and 1 Mi walk on Thanksgiving Morning in Mercer County Park - will take place on Thursday, November 22, 2018.  The 5K race kicks off at 8:30 am from the West Picnic area.  The walk/fun run will 15 minutes after the 5K run has started at 8:45am  More information about parking and the race course will be available at www.MercerCountyTurkeyTrot.com as we get closer to the race day.

This is the sixth annual event being organized by a Race Committee of Mercer County residents.  The race committee will oversee the donation of the net proceeds from the event to local food pantries.  If you or your organization are interested in supporting the Mercer County Turkey Trot, please contact MercerTurkeyTrot@gmail.com.

Logistics (Packet Pick-up, Parking, Food Donation, etc.)

Packet pick-up

Race bibs, Mercer County Turkey Trot t-shirts and the goody bag filled with information and items from our sponsors can be picked up Sunday, November 18 or Tuesday, November 20 (and yes, you can pick up the packet of a friend or relative!!). Both Pickups will occur in the McCaffrey's Bistro (upstairs) at McCaffrey's in West Windsor.  On Sunday, we will be there from 10:30-3pm, and on Tuesday, we will be there from 5-8pm. (PS - You can even do your Thanksgiving shopping while you're in the store! :-)

Thank you to McCaffrey's for their sponsorship and support! The store is located at the corner of Princeton-Hightstown Road (571) and Southfield Road in West Windsor.

Packet pickup on Race Day (for those of you who are unable to make it prior to Race Day) will begin at 7 am in the pavilion at the West Picnic Area in Mercer County Park. PLEASE try and pickup your packet on November 19th or November 21st to minimize the crunch before the race.


Please park at Fields 3 and 9 (across the street from the West Picnic Area drive) or the Marina (next to the West Picnic Area to the east).  We strongly suggest that those who are fast runners park at the Fields 3 and 9 lot as it will be easier to get out if you need to leave before the other runners finish their race.

Pre-Race Warmup

The 5K will begin at 8:30 am, with the Fun Run/Walk beginning right after the runners leave.

Join us between 8 and 8:15am for warm-up stretches with OrangeTheory Fitness, West Windsor’s energizing group interval fitness studio. Thanks to this terrific Turkey Trot sponsor, you can start the day with invigorating stretches before your run or walk. 

Food Donations

In addition to the Event proceeds benefiting the local food pantries, we are also collecting non-perishable food/non-food items, which will be donated to the pantries after the Race. Please remember to bring these items to the Race (you may also choose to purchase food at Packet Pick-Up at McCaffrey’s but you may need to give us an accompanying receipt if we collect them in-store, so we can let the Market know they have been paid for).

Here are some suggestions of items the food pantries have indicated they particularly need. No glass containers please. 

Canned goods (fruit, soup – all varieties, vegetables, tuna, chicken, chili)

Shelf stable milk (like Parmelat)

Peanut butter


Granola bars

Boxes of cereals, pasta, rice 

Honey (plastic container)

Fruit singles

Pudding singles

Juice boxes



Non-food items are welcome as well (e.g., Shampoo, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Bars of Soap, Disposable razors)


The course has been certified (see map below).  Search for it at USTAF (NJ17028LMB). 

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