A holiday tradition since 2003, the Valparaiso Turkey Trot brings together families and friends from Indiana and beyond to kick off Thanksgiving Day. The race includes a 5K Walk/Run through the streets of Valparaiso, Indiana. Hosted by the Porter-Starke Services Foundation, event proceeds benefit mental health and wellness programs and resources in Northwest Indiana.
Sunday, November 21, 2021, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Extra Mile Fitness Company - 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Monday, November 22, 2021, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Extra Mile Fitness Company - 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Extra Mile Fitness Company - 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Extra Mile Fitness Company - 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
*** THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP. ***
Race Day Schedule - November 25, 2021
7:45 am - Road Closures Begin* 8:00 am - 5K Race Starts 9:30 am - Roads open to traffic (Exception: Campbell Street in front of Valparaiso High School which will remain closed until 10AM)
Road closures in front of Valparaiso High School (VHS) are different this year due to Start/Finish area. If you want to park at VHS, please plan ahead. Both VHS parking lot entrances (North and South) are on the 5K route and are affected by road closures.
6:30 am ROAD CLOSURE: Campbell St./Vale Park Rd. intersection to South VHS parking lot entrance. If you want to park at VHS:
Approaching VHS from the North: Drive south down Campbell St. Take a right onto Towne Commons Dr. Take a left onto Vale Park Rd. Take a right into VHS parking lot.
Approaching VHS from the South: Drive north on Campbell St. until visible road closure near VHS. Take a left into VHS parking lot. Entrance closes at 7:45am when Campbell St. closes through to John Glenn Dr.
7:45 am ROAD CLOSURES (Reopen to traffic at 10 am)
Campbell Street (Vale Park Road to John Glenn Dr.) 6:30 am to 10:00 am
Vale Park Road (Calumet Avenue to Campbell Street) 7:45 am to 9:30 am
Cumberland Drive (Bullseye Lake Road to Wall Street) 7:45 am to 9:30 am
Valparaiso Street (Bullseye Lake Road to Wall Street) 7:45 am to 9:30 am
Valparaiso High School (event location) - Limited access (see road closures above). Post-event, you must exit VHS using the North entrance at Vale Park Rd. Turn left/WEST, and continue through Keystone Commons Subdivision.
Dyke's Funeral Home - 2305 N Campbell St. (0.1 Miles) First Baptist Church - 2205 N. Campbell St. (0.2 Miles) Cook's Corner Elementary - 358 Bullseye Lake Rd. (0.6 Miles) Growing Kids Academy - 3400 N. Campbell (0.3 Miles)
Are Strollers Allowed? Yes, strollers are allowed on the 5K route. To ease runner/walker flow, strollers start at the back of the race corral. Regardless of your place in the corral, no worries! Your race time is measured by chip, which activates when you cross the start line.
Are Dogs Allowed? No, dogs are not allowed with runners/walkers on the 5K course. For the safety of all participants, please leave all four-legged friends at home.
Finisher Medals? The first 1,000 participants to cross the finish line receive a Finisher Medal.
Why can't my shirt be guaranteed? Due to global supply chain shortages, we are very limited on some sizes and quantities that are available. Our current inventory is up to date.
Some changes this year
We are excited to host this year's event with added safety measures, including:
Held completely outside. There will be no access to the Valparaiso High School or Fieldhouse on race day morning.
No shuttle buses. Parking will be available within walking distance of race start. Please plan ahead.
Masks will be required for all participants and volunteers. All participants must wear a mask prior to race start and may remove the mask when running/walking.
Award medals will be mailed to all recipients instead of a race day awards ceremony.