Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t know for sure, but you can check by clicking here.

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.

Yes, but strollers must start in the designated area behind the main field or in the designated stroller start area on the side of the school. 

No, we try to keep the cost of this event as low as possible and have surveyed the runners numerous times in the past about medals. The overwhelming majority of people would prefer to keep the cost down and not have medals.

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, 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, 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.

No. Although they have been allowed in the past, the City has asked us not to allow moving forward for safey reasons.

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.)

Yes click here for an interactive version and printable copies. We’ll also have copies posted at registration and early packet pickup.

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 27) between 6:00PM and 8:00PM. If you arrive earlier than 6:00PM, please be prepared to wait.

We need about 150 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 or email

To become a race sponsor, visit 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

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.

More than 5000. We had 5500+ in 2018.

No, if you did not come to packet pickup you forfeit your bib and t-shirt. The extra shirts on race day go to volunteers and police officers who helped put on the race. They thank you very much for the awesome gift.

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: for all street closings.

Regrettably, no the entries are non-refundable and non-transferable, even if the event is canceled.

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 ( to plan your trip. GW Middle School is located at 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA.

Elite Runners will receive a comped entry to the race, visit to check qualifying standards please contact Brian Danza at (202) 713-9593 or via email

All participants are eligible for prizes, top 3 overall are awarded on gun time.

Cash Prizes
1st M&F: $500
2nd M&F: $400
3rd M&F: $300
1st Masters M&F: $100
Stroller Champ: $100 (net time)
Doggy Champ: $100 (net time)
Race record bonus $300:
(M) TSEGAYE GETACHEW 23:10 (2016); (F) Birtukan Alemu 26:21 (2018)
Age group awards:
3 deep: $20/$15/$10
10 and under

You must be present to collect your Age-group or cash award.

Our policy is never to have bad weather. If we do, we ignore it. The race starts at 9 am on Thanksgiving Day.
In case of extreme inclement weather (hurricane, 1 foot of snow on the course), the race could be cancelled. A decision to cancel the race will be made on race morning and posted on the site. Because this is a thanksgiving race, there is no makeup date.

Results are posted on this website in real time during the race, please

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.

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.

Call Brian Danza at 202.713.9593 or email Please read all of the FAQs above first