Third Annual Mosby Woods Turkey Trot & Sidewalk Stroll

Thu November 25, 2021 Directions

(Please note that this year, we are holding an IN-PERSON OUTDOOR EVENT!  Read on for additional details and a note on masking, CDC guidelines, and vaccinations below…)


What is the Mosby Woods Turkey Trot & Sidewalk Stroll? A low-key Fun Run/walk through our neighborhood to celebrate our community and neighbors, families, health, friendship, and the spirit of the holiday — as well as a chance to support our neighbors in need.  There is no formal entry fee for this event, but all participants are asked to contribute at least one (preferably much more than just one) non-perishable food item as their “entry fee.”  All non-perishables received will be donated to the Food For Others food bank in Merrifield nearby.  Non-participant spectators can donate food items for FFO too!


Suggested age limits: Anyone aged 2-102 can participate.  (If you are outside this age range but still want to participate, we’ll make an exception for you!)


When does it occur?  Following 2020’s virtual event, in 2021 we are again holding this event in-person, on Thanksgiving morning, November 25.  A 1K kids’ run will start at 8:30am, followed by the main 5K event at 9:00am.  Not to worry…all participants and support volunteers will be able to return to their kitchens by 10:00 that morning!


Where is it held?  The start/finish this year will be at Draper Drive Park, which is adjacent to the Mosby Woods neighborhood of Fairfax City.  This wide open space includes a large parking lot, a restroom facility, and LOTS of room to permit comfortable spacing and social distancing.  (See “Distancing” section below for more details.)


All registered participants will receive:

  • A bib (number) for every registrant, for both races;
  • A finisher’s medal (for all kids’ run finishers as well as for all 5K participants);
  • Exclusive access(!) 😉 to a collection box for donations of non-perishables;
  • ...and - most importantly - The reward of having contributed to meeting some of our less fortunate neighbors’ needs during this holiday season!


What can I contribute as my virtual entry fee? It is important to shop & donate items generously, as our local area has seen tremendous hardship for many families over the past year.  The pain that families in poverty face grows more acute in the holiday months of November and December.  FFO accepts all non-perishables, but particularly welcomes the following types of items:


  • canned meats (ham, turkey, chicken, tuna, beef)
  • peanut butter
  • canned stew/chili
  • cereal
  • canned fruit in juice
  • Mac and cheese
  • dried or canned beans
  • pasta
  • pasta sauce
  • canned tomatoes (crushed, peeded, diced, etc.)
  • 1 lb. bags of rice
  • 100% fruit juice
  • oil
  • Also, some produce, such as: Fresh fruits (oranges, apples, bananas, tomatoes, avocados, grapes, berries) and fresh vegetables (cucumbers, celery, peppers, lettuce, eggplant)
  • Non-Food Items: Can Openers, and New or Clean Reusable Grocery Bags 8 ½ x 14 x 15
  • (Interested in supporting FFO financially?  Contact them directly at

Masking, Distancing, and CDC Guidelines:  The event organizers are mindful of the ongoing spread of viruses, and are taking the below precautions to ensure a SAFE and fun event for all.

  • In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines for outdoor events, the use of masks is optional for all fully vaccinated participants and spectators.  (Event organizers support the widespread use of masks.)  Any personnel who are not fully vaccinated are to wear masks at all times throughout this event.
  • All participants will be reminded to wear masks whenever using the restroom facility.
  • The start/finish location has specifically been chosen for its spacious location, to permit adequate room for distancing for all.
  • A PA system will be used by event organizers to help prevent crowding and to ensure all can hear all race commands.
  • The starting line area permits significant room for spacing.  To prevent crowding at the start, the start area will be segmented into informal “corrals” in support of spacing and distancing.
  • The 5K route includes a water stop at the Mosby Woods Pool, which is around the 3K mark.  In contrast to 2019, this year all water will be served in closed individual bottles.  No cider will be served at the water stop this year (which your organizers are particularly disappointed about!), no refreshments will be served in open cups, and there will be no fruit served at the finish.  There will be individual juice boxes and water bottles provided at the finish of the 1K kids’ run, and water bottles provided at the 5K finish.
  • Each finisher medal will be individually packaged in a plastic bag to minimize personal contact, and will be handed to each finisher at the finish line.  Medals will not be placed around finishers’ necks.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each event.  Prizes will be passed to winners in a socially distanced manner.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Given the low-key (and virtual) nature of this event, no roads will be closed for this event. Rather, the suggested run/walk course consists entirely of paved sidewalks, paved/gravel trails, and safe street crossings. The 1K kids’ run course is held within the park itself, and the 5K course encompasses a number of beautiful locations in our neighborhood!

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

Start/Finish/Packet Pick-Up: Draper Drive Park, 9797 Beech Dr., Fairfax VA 22031

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