High Country Turkey Trot 5K

Thu November 23, 2023



9:00AM EST

Fun Run/Walk

9:05AM EST


We are back on the Boone Greenway Trail for the 13th Annual High Country Turkey Trot 5K, The LARGEST 5K in the High Country!

The High Country Turkey Trot 5K incorporates a Costume Contest, Prizes for Top 3 Men's & Women's Racers and Commemorative Souvenir T-Shirts!

All participants are asked to bring non-perishable boxes or canned food items!

Start Time:

  • 5k Race Start Time: 9:00
  • Fun Run/Walk will begin once all racers have cleared the start line.

Fun Run casual walkers, runners and joggers immediately following.

Route Terrain:

  • 5K RACE: Greenway Trail + Path – partial paved, partial dirt path with a slight incline around the 1⁄2 way point.
  • FUN RUN / WALK: Greenway Trail - 100% paved

First Aid Provided by: Watauga Medics, stationed at the start/finish line.

Awards: Age Group Winner Certificates will be mailed to the top finisher in each of the following groups for men and women:
9 & Under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

This Event Benefits Hospitality House of Northwest N.C.

Hospitality House of Northwest N.C. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and sole beneficiary of this event. All registration fees and monetary, food and non-food donations will benefit the people in homeless, crisis and poverty situations that we serve.

Food Donations: Boxed goods, canned goods, dry goods - coffee, tea, sugar, food cards.
Donation Drop Bins: Available at on-site registration area.
Monetary Donations: Cash, Checks & Credit Cards accepted at on-site registration area.


Clawson-Burnley Park
355 M.L.K. Jr. St, Boone, NC 28607

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.hosphouse.org/turkeytrot.

Packet Pick-Up

November 22, 2023 from 10am -6pm.

Hospitality House Housing & Outreach Center
160 Den-Mac Drive, Boone NC (right next to Hatchet Coffee).

Packets will be available on-site beginning at 7:30am.

Race Contact Info

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


Watauga Parks & Recreation and National Guard Armory lots on M.L.K. Jr. Street Boone, NC 28607. 

Please allow a MINIMUM of 30 MINUTES to park and arrive at the race start.

Weather/Cancellation Policy


  • Rain, shine or snow – we are a GO: (Some folks no longer have the luxury of being indoors during bad weather. We ask that you remember the purpose of our Trot, be thankful that you have a home to go to and come on out to help those less fortunate. )
  • Snow plows are available and trails will be clear
  • Severe Weather: If there is lightning, flooding, hurricane winds an assessment will be made day of. Check HCTurkeyTrot.org or call (828) 264-1237 if you are unclear.

Event cancellation: if event is cancelled for any reason, you can pick up your shirts at Hospitality House Housing & Outreach Center and you will receive a THANK YOU letter for your entry fee/donation.


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