Final Instructions

Dear Turkey Trot participants,

Thanks for registering for the 44th Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot. Tomorrow is race day, and packet pickup starts this evening!

Please read all the information below carefully (you will be quizzed) as these are your final instructions for race-day.

Check back at for last-minute updates.

The Alexandria Turkey Trot Team

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 27:

  • 6-8 PM, Packet Pickup at GW Middle School

Thursday, November 28:

  • 7:30 AM, Doors at GW Middle School open for registration and Packet Pickup.
  • 8:45 AM: Invocation and announcements.
  • 9:00 AM: Race Start.
  • 10:15 AM: Main awards

GW Middle School
1005 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

Start Area Map:

In person registration:

A limited number of in-person registrations will be made available on raceday and Wednesday packet pickup, cash payment is preferred.


While we strive to order the correct amount every year, determining this number especially with over 2000 registrations in the last two days is very difficult, for this reason, t-shirts are not guaranteed. If we don’t have your size when you come for packet pickup, we will be glad to provide a cash refund for the shirt price on the spot. However, if you bought a shirt and you don’t come to pick it up at packet pickup, we will not mail it to you or refund it.

Public Transportation Directions here:

Washington DC



Limited parking will be available at GW Middle School and in the neighborhoods surrounding the school. Mt. Vernon Avenue will close promptly at 8:00 A.M. and will likely not open again until 11:00. 

If you plan on parking at the school or in the surrounding neighborhood, remember that you will not be able to get out until after the roads reopen.

Runner Information:

When picking up your chip and bib, ensure that your biographical information is correct. We will have correction sheets available if your information is incorrect.

Virtual Goodie Bag:

In an effort to reduce paper waste and costs, we have done away with paper coupons and cluttered goodie bags, and have transitioned to a virtual goodie bag. All of the coupons and discounts that you would have received in the past are now contained within this electronic file, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Race-day Registration:

 Race-day registration will start at 7:30 AM in the GW Middle School gym.  Please bring exact change, checks made out to “Del Ray Business Association,” or a credit card to pay for registration.

We expect nearly 1,000 same-day registrants, so arrive early if you want to ensure you can get a bib and start on time.

Food Donations:

Please remember to bring two canned food donations for those who are less fortunate this Thanksgiving.  ALIVE! will be collecting them near the GW Gym entrance.

Timing Chips:

The Chronotrack timing system will be used to score this race. Your personal timing chip (B-Tag) will be stuck to the back of your bib.  You must wear your bib on the FRONT of your shirt if you want a time.

Doggy and Stroller Race:

Doggy and Stroller participants will start behind the school and then will merge with the rest of the field.

Stroller participants must keep their children inside the stroller at all times, INCLUDING the finish line. Anyone breaking this rule will be disqualified.

Doggy Dash participants are asked to please keep their dogs on a short leash during the entire race so that it will not get caught on stroller wheels, traffic cones, or course fencing.

Awards and Results:

The award ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:15 AM with the presentation of overall and master’s winners. All other awards will be presented thereafter as they become available.

Winners must be present to claim awards! cash prizes will not be mailed.

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:

Men: Tsegaye Getachew 23:10 (2016);

Ladies:  Birtukan Alemu 26:21 (2018)

Age group awards:

3 deep: $20/$15/$10

  • 10 and under
  • 11-14
  • 15-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70-79
  • 80+

Preliminary results will be posted at live during the race

Note: all award winners will be scored on gun time only. It is impossible to score participants who did not register with their correct biographical information or who have damaged or misused their timing chip (see Timing Chips).

Food Donation:

Please support ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization serving Alexandria’s needy, by bringing two non-perishable food items (cans, boxes) on race day.  You may also make an optional cash donation when you register.(yes this was in here twice so we would catch your attention.


Online Registration is still available (until 6:00 am raceday) at After that, you will be able to register more people in person at GW Middle School

Registration fees:

Age on race day

Age on race day Online Late registration (nov 1 – 27) In-person raceday*
12 or under  $5  $10 $20
13-21 $15 $20 $30
22 and over $20 $25 $35


Volunteer Information:

Volunteers are an integral part of any running event, simply stated, races would never happen without the help of dedicated volunteers. If you don’t plan on running the race, or if your friends and family would like to watch the race from a great vantage point, please encourage them to volunteer. For more information and to register please visit the volunteer page.