Come out on Thanksgiving morning for a great family event. We start, Finish, and run in Suwanee / Johns Creek in Forsyth County Georiga. Everything takes place just steps away from Alpharetta and Cumming. Easy in and easy out will make your before and after race easy. 5K, 10K, 15K, & Half Marathon all start at 8:00 am, and are all fairly flat. Chip timing for everyone, along with awards in all distances to the top 3 men & top 3 women, top 3 master's men & top 3 master's women, as well as the top 3 in all the usual 5 year age groups. Shirts & finisher medals are optional...so if you have plenty of those items, you can save a few dollars. Race week registration is at packet pickup (see event website for details)...Race Day registration opens at 6:30 am
Event details and schedule
What is the Five Star Turkey Trot?:
Two weeks before Thanksgiving in 2011 we decided that we wanted to give back to all the participants who came out to race with us over the course of the year. Thanksgiving morning seemed to be the perfect time, and giving them a FREE race would be the perfect way to say thanks. We're continuing that tradition...If you've crossed under our finish line in any race from Dec. 1, 2015 - Nov. 25, 2016 you've earned yourself a FREE spot in any of the races.
New for 2016:
Additional Early Bird Races on November 19 in Marietta/Kennesaw
Easy Options for registraiton...Choose what you want to take home.
EXPO...we're having an event before the event. Loads of great things to come and see and win at the Expo.
New electronic race day registration...everyone is put into the timing software as they register.
Hoodies...in addition to a long sleeve tech OR cotton shirt...you can take home a hoodie.
Start/Finish and course modification. We're going to be in the same area, but we'll be set up a little different so there won't be any crossing the course to get to your car.
We'll be counting and timing your laps.
We're getting together with just about every food bank in Forsyth county. We're asking that every runner bring a few non-perishable items along with them for collection Thanksgiving morning. OUR GOAL IS TO COLLECT OVER 4000 LBS!
Thanksgiving Day... 6:30 am: Race day check-in & registration opens. 8:00 am...all races start. 11:00 am...Course officially closes, anyone left on the course will need to move to the sidewalks
--Custom Finisher awards to all participants who choose one. --Custom Male & Female Top 3 Overall, --Custom Masters top 3 overall male & female, --Age group awards 3 deep as follows: -5K...10 yrs & under - 75+; -10K & 15K...14 & Under - 75+ -Half Marathon: 19 & under - 75+
Finish Line & Awards Ceremony:
We'll have plenty of goodies to start your day off right. We're even working on getting some vendors to come out if you want to do some early shopping. As for the awards ceremony, it's Thanksgiving, and in the interest of time, and getting everyone home to be with their families, all awards will be given out as we go along.
Course & Pacing:
The course is fairly flat...it's North Georgia, so NOTHING is completely flat. It's a 5K loop, the further you go, the more loops you'll do. We'll have loads of entertainment along the way, so you won't event realize it's multiple laps. You'll need to finish in 3 hours (we'll keep the clock going till the last finisher comes in, but the police & aid stations will be leaving). That's a 13:45 avg pace.
Shirts & Goodies:
You have options...Long Sleeve Tech, Long Sleeve Cotton, Race Hoody, Finisher Medal...it's totally up to you...get them all, or get none.
Groups & Teams:
Grab your buddies, co-workers, family, or random strangers and put a team together. You'll get a discount & a chance to get some great pictures if you all dress the same.
It is our goal to NOT put an event cap in place...however, about 1 month prior we will need to order finisher medals. At that point, we will not be able to guarantee finisher awards to registrations coming afterwards. SO...Register early.
Event Courtesy Policy
Our events are designed to be fun and for the entire family. With that in mind any competitor, spectator, parent, volunteer, or sponsor, exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct or interfering with the positive, competitive atmosphere of the event will be asked to leave the venue and course immediately with no refunds.