Why Way Station’s Annual 5K Turkey Trot and 1K Fun Run/Walk?

This event has become Frederick’s Thanksgiving morning family tradition! 16 years running, we anticipate upwards of 4,000 participants this year. Way Station has been an active member of the Frederick community for over 35 years, supporting children, adolescents and adults with serious mental illness with their daily living, housing and employment goals.

 

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Where do I register?

Click here to register online.

In person at 204 Abrecht Place, Frederick, MD 21701

Monday, November 25th, From 10am-4pm

Tuesday, November 26st, From 10am-4pm

Wednesday, November 27nd, From 10am-2pm

Race Day registration 7:00am -7:45am in the Ticket Booth at Baker Park Band Shell.  We cannot guarantee chip timing or commemorative gifts for race day registrants.

What is the deadline for registration?

Online registration will close on Wednesday, November 26th at 2pm.

Late Registration at 204 Abrecht Place, Frederick, MD 21701

Monday, November 25th, From 10am-4pm

Tuesday, November 26th, From 10am-4pm

Wednesday, November 27th, From 10am-2pm

Race Day registration 7:00am -7:45am in the Ticket Booth at Baker Park Band Shell. We cannot guarantee chip timing or commemorative gifts for race day registrants.

How do I make sure I am registered?

You will receive a confirmation email when you register online.

What is included with registration?

Registration includes your bib number, sponsored “give aways” at packet pick up; commemorative gift for the first 3,500 5k registrants; chip timing. We cannot guarantee chip timing or commemorative gifts for race day registrants.

May I register someone else?

Certainly. You may register someone the same way you registered yourself. If you register during the late registration, please be sure to know the person’s full name, correct spelling, and date of birth (and have the registration fee!).

May I register with a group?

Yes you can! There are no prizes for group race times but there will be a prize to the captain of the group that raises the most funds through registrations and donations. Just make sure you give the correct spelling of your group to your family, friends and co-workers.

May I register with a group and a Team? 

Yes, you can!

Will participating with a group or team prevent me from medaling in any of the age groups? 

No, it won't. Each "competition" is a separate event and you can participate in each as long as you select your Group and/or Team during registration.

Where is packet pick-up and when?

Location: 204 Abrecht Place, Frederick, MD 21701

Monday, November 25, From 10am-4pm

Tuesday, November 26, From 10am-4pm

Wednesday, November 27, From 10am-2pm

All remaining packets can be picked up at the race near the band shell. No packets/bibs will be mailed.

May I get a refund, transfer my registration to another person or roll over my registration to the next year?

Sorry! There are no refunds given for any reason, and no roll-overs to the next year. Please email us at turkeytrot@waystationinc.org to transfer a registration. Transfers cannot be done after on-line registration closes.

May I register on race day?

Race day registration is between 7:00am – 7:45am at the Baker Park Band Shell Ticket Booth. We cannot guarantee chip timing, inclusion in official race results or commemorative gifts for race day registrants.

What happens if I am unable to participate in the event after I register?

There are no refunds. Please consider your registration as a donation to Way Station, Inc. Thank you!

Can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes, with your permission. Please have the runner’s full name, correct spelling, date of birth and address.

How many runners are allowed to participate?

No limits. The more the merrier!

Do I need prior experience running a 5K?

Not at all. The Frederick Turkey Trot is for runners, walkers, and trotters of all skill levels. Please let the serious contenders start at the front.

How do I get some of those cool Turkey Trot accessories I’ve seen all around town?

Each year, the first 3,500 5K registrants receive a commemorative gift. 1K participants do not automatically receive a premium, but one may be purchased on race day if supplies are available. You’ve probably seen shirts, caps, gloves, buffs and even socks! This year’s gift is . . . . Well, it wouldn’t be fun if we told you now. You’ll just have to wait and see!

Can I walk the course?

Yes! We have many trotters who come out for an enjoyable Thanksgiving morning / pre-feast walk!

Can my dog run with me?

No, sorry! Please leave pets at home with whoever is cooking the Thanksgiving feast. They’ll be happier there.

May I push my baby in a stroller?

Yes, little Turkey Trotters in strollers are welcome. Please position yourself towards the back of the line. You can work your way up after the race begins and the crowd thins out allowing more room for you and the stroller.

Where are good locations for my friends and family to cheer me on?

Most supporters line up along 2nd Street sidewalks as our Turkey Trotters approach the finish line. Please cheer for everyone who’s coming in.

What should I wear to the Turkey Trot?

All of your Turkey Trot gear of course! Hats, gloves, socks, shirts and buffs. Save the space for this year’s awesome commemorative gift. Of course, pay attention to the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

 

TIMING AND RESULTS 

How is this race being timed?

The Frederick Turkey Trot is chip timed by Racine MultiSports, LLC at http://racinemultisports.com.

When will I be able to see the results?

Preliminary results will be posted after the race on site and there will be medals for the top finishers in the different age categories. Formal results will be posted online at Run Washington’s Website http://racinemultisports.com and here on the Turkey Trot website.

Will I be able to see the course map before the race?

Yes! You can view the course maps for the 5K here.

 

RACE DAY

Where is the race?

The Turkey Trot starts and finishes near the Baker Park Band Shell in beautiful historic Frederick, MD. You won’t be able to miss the thousands of trotters lining up at the corner of 2nd Street and Bentz Street!

Where do I park?

Arrive early to ensure parking on the surrounding streets (W. Patrick St, Carroll Parkway, Bentz St, etc.). The police will close 2nd Street and others in the immediate vicinity around 7:00am. There is a parking garage in the 100 block of W. Patrick Street that would be convenient too.

What are the times of the events?

7:00-8:15 Registration / Packet Pick Up

7:45        Opening Ceremony

8:00        1K Start (Medals for 10 and under participants immediately following)

8:30        5K Start

10:00     5K Medals / Awards

Are the miles marked?

Yes. We will have signs at each mile. If you would like to sponsor a mile marker, contact us for sponsorship opportunities.

Is there a place I can drop off my belongings during the event?

No, sorry! Please leave personal belongings in your vehicle or at home.

Where are good locations to cheer?

Most supporters line up along 2nd Street sidewalks as our Turkey Trotters approach the finish line. Please cheer for everyone who’s coming in!

Will there be a photographer on site?

Yes! Our staff will be taking pictures throughout the event and we will post online on our Facebook page and on our website.

 

POST RACE

Are there awards?

You bet! Medals for the young 1K trotters. Trophies for the overall top female and male 5K runners and medals for the 5K top finishers in different age/gender categories.

What do I do after the race?

Have your picture taken by our staff photographers; get a snack and something to drink; enjoy the park and downtown with your family and friends!

 

CONTACT

Where can I find more information?

Our Website: www.frederickturkeytrot.org

Facebook: Frederick Turkey Trot

Email: TurkeyTrot@waystationinc.org

Phone: 301-662-0099 x 3553