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Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut

November 18, 2023 Bryson City, NC 28713 US Directions
Don't be a Turkey - Go Run!


5K Run

11/18 12:00PM EST


We are offering two ways to enjoy the 2023 Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut run/walk. On-Site and In-Person on November 18th at Kituwah Mound in Bryson City, NC. For those who live out of the area we also have the DIY 5K - November 11th-19th.


Hosted by Cherokee Choices, the Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut Run/Walk offers something for everyone - from seasoned runners to new joggers/walkers too. With Age Groups (and Awards) 8 & Under, 9-12, & 13-16 you know this is a real Family Fun event.

Come out and enjoy a beautiful course that Starts and Finishes at the Kituwah Mound. Cool shirts, great awards, and a great cause.

ALL (as in 100%) of all proceeds benefit RezHOPE Recovery & Consulting. Donate $50 or more and your Entry is FREE!!

RACE START:  12:00 NOON Race Day Registration is available from 11:00 to 11:45am.

Top 3 Overall Male & Female

The 5K will be Scored as follows:
Top 3 Male & Female Age Groups: 8 & Under, 9-12, 13-16, 17-19, 20-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-50, 51-60, and 61+

Only $5 for Kids 12 & Under and Elders 60+
Adults: $15. $20 after October 31st
Donate $50 or more and your Entry is FREE!!



In addition to the on-site 5K, Cherokee Choices is offering a "DIY" option for the 2023 Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut.

This “Do It Yourself” or Virtual Event will allow participants to run or walk at any time and any location that is convenient for you and your families. Run around the block, on trails, 12.5 laps around a track, or even run on a treadmill. You don't even have to live in Western NC - so please invite friends and family in other states or countries to join the fun.

While not required – you can submit your time for inclusion in the online “just for fun” results. We will collect times from November 11th until the 20th. Check out the "DIY 5K INFO" tab for additional details.

NOTE: Participants who register for the On-Site 5K are welcome to switch to the DIY 5K at any time. Please Contact the Race for details.



Kituwah Mound - the Mother Town

Kituwah is known as the Mother Town of the Cherokee People.  Hundreds of years ago, Kituwah Mound held the Council House and the first fire.  Around the mound was the Cherokee village.  During the time of the Removal (1830’s), the land was taken from the Cherokee including Kituwah.   Just within the last 25 years, the land has been returned the People.  Today it is many acres of farmland, although there is no village, the People use the land for gardens, dancing ceremonies and other important events.

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Kituwah Mound
3831 Ela Rd
Bryson City, NC US 28713

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