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Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the course?
The course covers exactly 5 miles from start to finish.
You can run or walk the race, but the roads are closed only for 75 minutes, based on a walking pace of 15 minutes per mile.
If you are still on the couse after 10:15 AM (75 minutes past the 9:00 AM start), you will be asked to move off the course for your own safety so the roads can be reopened.
9 am sharp. If you haven’t registered online in advance, please don’t show up at 8:45 and expect to register in time for a 9:00 start. Please give yourself plenty of time to register and prepare for the race.
Regrettably, no the entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.
There will be limited parking availability on the GW Middle School campus on Thanksgiving morning. Most of the streets surrounding the school are fairly small and don't offer that much space. Please consider using public transportation if at all possible.
If you do need to drive to the event, please refer to the race map, downloadable here: http://www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com/info/map for all street closings.
Yes, but be advised that the Alexandria Police control traffic based on a 15-minute-per-mile walking pace. The race will begin sharply at 9am and the course will close sharply at 10:15.
Since this is a 5-mile course, if you are still on the course at 10:15, you’ll need to move out of the roadway and onto the sidewalk for safety.
Please note that if you are still on the course at the 10:15 deadline, you will not have technically "finished" the course from a race perspective and will not have a time listed in the final results.
Yes, but only on race day from 07:30-08:30. Race time is 9am sharp. Please do not try to register in person at packet pickup on Wednesday evening, there will be no available bibs or financial transaction tools.
Yes, at the discretion of our volunteers. You may not pick up a minor’s bib number unless you are that minor’s parent or legal guardian, or have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Yes. If you register online, you can pick up your bib number and t-shirt at the GW Middle School the evening before the race (Wednesday, November 21) between 6:00PM and 8:00PM. If you arrive earlier than 6:00PM, please be prepared to wait.
No. Though some runners leave items on the gym bleachers during the race, but it is NOT secured and neither GW Middle School nor the race organizers will be responsible for loss or damage.
Our policy is never to have bad weather. If we do, we ignore it. The race starts at 9 am on Thanksgiving Day. Period.
To become a race sponsor, visit http://www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com/sponsors/become-sponsor for more details.
Please note that first priority for sponsorships are given to members of the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA), one of the co-sponsors of the event. If you are interested in joining the DRBA or would simply like to learn more about the Del Ray area, visit their website at http://www.visitdelray.com.
We need about 100 volunteers to make this event a success. We need help with setup, runner registration, t-shirt sales, crowd control, water stop, finish line management, and cleanup. If you can work from 08:00 to 11:45, or even half of that (08:00-10:00 or 10:00-11:45), we need you. (We also need a small number of assistants for packet pickup on Wednesday evening.) Volunteers receive our eternal gratitude and a complimentary Turkey Trot t-shirt. If you would like to volunteer please register at www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com/volunteer or email email@example.com.
First, second, and third place (M&F) in each group win $15, $10, and $5, respectively, in “Turkey Trot Bucks,” redeemable at any DRBA merchant. We use the following nine age groups: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30- 39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. You must be present to collect your Age-group award.
Please bring your two nonperishable food items to the GW Middle School Gym on race day. We cannot accept them at early packet pickup the night before.
Yes, take the Yellow or blue line to Braddock Road, GW Middle School and the starting line is about a quarter mile from the metro stop. Additionally there are many metro busses that run along Mount Vernon Ave and Braddock road. You can use WMTA's Trip planner (http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/tripplanner/tripplanner_form_solo.cfm) to plan your trip. GW Middle School is located at 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA.
More than 4500. We had 4200+ in 2011.
No. Although they have been allowed in the past, the City has asked us not to allow moving forward for safey reasons.
Yes, but strollers must start in the designated area behind the main field.
Yes, but dogs must start in the designated area behind the main field. Also, you must use a short leash, not one of those 20-foot expand-o-matic leashes that trip other runners. (We’ve had some complaints.)