This Thanksgiving Day, before you gather to feast, gather to move your feet! The second annual Turkey Trot-n-Trek is returning to Fayetteville on a quest to be your new favorite family tradition.
The Turkey Trot-n-Trek is a family friendly event with a little something for everyone! First held in 2021, the inaugural Turkey Trot-n-Trek was an immediate success, with the fun casual race well on its way to becoming a Fayetteville tradition. This year, two race categories are available on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 24, 2022, beginning at 9:00 am. New for 2022, runners will begin at Ozark Natural Foods, where they can choose to race either a 5k "trot" for all or a kid-friendly 1k “trek” - perfect for families and little ones.
The new course is an ode to all things Fayetteville, covering the hilly, scenic and fun on a race through downtown! Participants will depart ONF, head downtown, around Wilson Park, through the Historic District, and back to Ozark Natural Foods. Preview the Turkey Trot-n-Trek route on Strava. The entire event is - you guessed it! - Thanksgiving themed, so bring your best seasonal attire! All participants will go home with a Turkey Trot-n-Trek beanie and a finisher's medal.
For those familiar with the race scene in Fayetteville, this event is presented by the organizers behind some other favorite local events: the Hero Half Marathon, Nutty Runner 5K, and Cow Paddy Run. The Spark Foundation, supported by these events, is a local nonprofit that supports health and fitness education in Fayetteville schools and provides the funding for the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation. In other words -- they kinda know what they’re doing!
Cost to register is $35 for either of the 5K races, or $15 for the kids 1K event.