Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut

November 20, 2021 Bryson City, NC 28713 US
Don't be a Turkey - Go Run!

Due to the uncertain status of the COVID we are offering two ways to enjoy the 2021 Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut run/walk. We’re pleased to report that the 5K is Back - On-Site and In-Person on November 20th at Kituwah Mound in Bryson City, NC.
For those who live out of the area or who are not COVID comfortable we also have the DIY 5K - November 12th-21st.


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 Pirouettes Dance & Cheer Academy. Donate $50 or more and your Entry is FREE!!

Race Starts at 12 Noon. Race Day Registration is available from 10:30 to 11:30am.

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!!



Due to the ever changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cherokee Choices, in addition to the on-site 5K, is offering a "DIY" option for the 2021 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 and safe 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 November 12th until 5pm on the 21st. 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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