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Turkey Day Minneapolis


2015 registration is now open. Everyone who registers before October 1 will receive a special gift that will be announced come the new year!


Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with the Turkey Day Run Minneapolis! Since 1989, the Turkey Day Run has brought family and friends together to start the day in a healthy way. Join runners, joggers and walkers for a morning of fun.


Like the temperature of your bird in the oven, the price increases the closer we come to Thanksgiving dinner. Sign up today for the Turkey Day Run Minneapolis to receive best pricing; it's easy as pie!


Plus, while you're out celebrating fun and fitness on this tremendous Turkey Day, you and your little ones can enjoy a morning filled with a variety of activities. Come early or stay late to experience some of the following: 

            • Coffee, cider and hot cocoa
            • Kid's Carnival
            • Turkey bowling
            • Free photo booth presented by REI
            • REI sweepstakes


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The Largest Colony Contest
Walkers, speedsters and strollers alike, gather the whole family and come on out to our Turkey Day Run. While registering for the race, be sure to write the "family name" you'll be affiliated with to participate in the contest. The family with the most registrants will win a $50 gift card to Cowboy Jacks!


> View current Largest Colony Contest standings


To help accommodate all of our runners, we've also added wave start times this year based on pace. Check the schedule below to see which wave you should join.


New in 2015 — You now have the option to be timed!

Entry Fees

Category Dec 2 - Jan 1 Jan 2 - Sept 1 Sept 2 - Nov 25 Nov 26
Non-Timed Adult $30 $35 $40 $45
Non-Timed Life Time Member $25 $30 $35 $40
Timed Adult $34 $39 $44 $49
Timed Life Time Member $29 $34 $39 $44
Timed Youth (17 & under) $22 $22 $22 $22

Life Time members receive a $5 discount just by entering your member number during registration. Life Time members can also redeem your LT BUCK$ to register.

Free with Registration


All Turkey Day Run Minneapolis participants will receive a shirt with their race registration! Shirts will be available at pre-race packet pickup and at the race.

Date: November 26, 2015
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Downtown Minneapolis

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Too Stuffed to Race?


Be a volunteer!

Volunteers are essential to the Turkey Day 5K. Come out to cheer, encourage and support your family, friends and other athletes all before you butter your yams.


Sign up to volunteer today. We can't have this event without YOU! 


Three Ways to Register

OnlineRegister today! Sign up prior to October 1 and you'll get your race packet mailed to you along with receiving a custom race bib with your own personalized message. You will be able to pick up your limited edition T-shirt and race bib at one of our retail partner locations beginning October 12 – November 22.


In person – Register in one of our partner retail locations from October 12 – November 23. Walk right in, sign up and receive your race number, limited edition T-shirt and same-day store discount. REI will only be taking registrations on one day this year, stay tuned for details.


• Race day – You can even sign up the morning of the race. Race-day registration will be offered between 6 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. at the Target Center on level 5.

Pre-Race Packet Pickup and In-Store Registration


Packet pickup and in-store registration is available at the following locations starting October 12. Discounts at retail stores apply when picking up race materials. For quicker pick up of materials, please register online before you go to the store. No cash or checks will be accepted for registration at the shops. 

TC Running Company
12862 Bass Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN 55369


TC Running Company
6405 City W Parkway B5, Eden Prairie, MN 55344


Mill City Running
411 E Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55414


Marathon Sports
2312 W 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410


Start Line
12979 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55305

Run N Fun- St. Paul
868 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102


Run N Fun- Burnsville
14240 Plymouth Ave., South Burnsville, MN 55337


Run N Fun- Minneapolis
3252 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55416


Runner’s Gate
15624 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124


The Running Room- Eagan
3344 Promenade Ave., Eagan, MN 55121

November 12 | 4 p.m - 7 p.m.
REI Roseville
1955 County Road B2 West


November 14 | 11 a.m - 3 p.m.
REI Bloomington
11581 Fountains Drive


November 15 | 11 a.m - 3 p.m.
REI Maple Grove
750 West American Blvd

Race-Day Packet Pickup and Registration


Can't make it to our pre-race packet pickup times? Don't sweat it! Race-day registration and packet pickup will be offered between 6 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. at the Target Center. Pre-registered participants should go to level 3, and participants who still need to register should to go level 5.



We're delighted to have the support of our wonderful sponsors! Click here to view the complete list.

Course Description


The Turkey Day Run Minneapolis starts near the Life Time Fitness Target Center and offers up close views of City Hall, the Metrodome, the Guthrie Theater, Gold Medal Park and the Mighty Mississippi River.


Start on North 4th Street, turn left on Portland Avenue, turn right on South 2nd Street, turn left of 11th Avenue South, turn left onto West River Parkway, turn left on North 4th Avenue, turn left on North 1st Street, turn right on 1st Avenue North to the finish line.


The MN Vikings Skol Line will be cheering you on and drumming away at the Gold Medal Park Spectator Zone. 


Strollers are allowed, but must line up behind individual runners and walkers. Music players with headphones are allowed. 


Course Map

Indoor Kids Carnival & Kids K

Kids ages 3–8 years old will enjoy the Kids Carnival featuring fun fitness activities and games, plus their very own indoor Turkey Day Kids K. Each child will receive a Turkey Day Run T-shirt (arrive early to ensure their shirt size) and snacks.


The carnival runs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Life Time Fitness Target Center. Admission is $5 (cash or check only) per child, and at least one parent/legal guardian must be registered in the Turkey Day Run Minneapolis. Registration for the Kids Carnival is only available the morning of the race.

The Turkey Day Kids K is an indoor fun run that will be held at Life Time Fitness Target Center. Starting with the youngest participants, the kids will run on our indoor track.

Kids K Race Times
9 a.m. 3- and 4-year-olds will run 1 lap around the track
9:10 a.m. 5- and 6-year-olds will run 2 laps around the track
9:20 a.m. 7- and 8-year-olds will run 3 laps around the track

Registration is available only the morning of the event. Special thanks to our partner Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance for providing coloring books for all participants.

Schedule of Events


UPDATE: To alleviate some of the course congestion we'll be doing wave start times this year (schedule below). 


6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Race-day registration and packet pickup at the Target Center, Concourse 3 (600 1st Ave, Minneapolis). Pre-registered participants should go to level 3, and participants who still need to register should to go level 5.
7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kids Carnival
8 a.m. Cowboy Jack's (126 N 5th St, MPLS) opens with food and drink specials, including a brunch buffet and Bloody Mary bar.
8 a.m. 5K Wave 1 start (9 min/mile or faster)
8:05 a.m. 5K Wave 2 start (9-12 min/mile)
8:10 a.m. 5K Wave 3 start (Walkers)
8:30 a.m. Post-race food provided by Organic Valley


Race Results
New this year — In the 2015 Turkey Day 5K you will have the option to be timed. Participants who choose to be timed will be eligible for overall and age group awards.


We are also adding a Turkey Carrying division to the 2015 race with its own awards! Be sure to choose this option during registration and bring your own turkey along on race day to participate. Run the entire course with your once-feathered friend and be eligible to win!


Top 10 males and females to cross the finish line will receive a pumpkin pie and $25 gift card to Cowboy Jacks. The top three finishers in the following age groups will also receive an award:


  • 9-12
  • 13-15
  • 16-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

Directions & Parking

The Turkey Day Run Minneapolis starts and finishes near the Life Time Fitness Target Center, located in the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.


Target Center
600 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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> View our detailed site map


When coming down to the Turkey Day Run Minneapolis, there are three tips people should remember to minimize delays and maximize their enjoyment of the event.


  1. Plan ahead – Visit to learn more about all your transportation choices.
  2. Know your parking options – There is parking availability throughout downtown, most within 12 blocks of Target Center. If you prefer convenient access to the Target Center, the adjacent ABC and Hawthorne ramps are great options.
  3. Consider transit and bicycling – Target Center is an extremely transit- and bicycle-friendly facility, and it’s easy to get there by light rail, commuter train, bus or bicycle. Please be aware that public transit may be impacted by the holiday schedule. Visit for scheduling information. Bicyclists are reminded to use headlights and taillights when conditions warrant.


There are many parking lots and ramps throughout downtown within a short walk. The ABC and Hawthorne Ramps adjacent to Target Center are great options.


Taking transit
Northstar’s Target Field Station, adjacent to the new ballpark of the Minnesota Twins, can provide a critical connection for runners, including Hiawatha Light Rail service to the airport and Mall of America, as well as bus service from the nearby 5th Street Transit Center. Please be aware some commuter lines may be running on a holiday schedule. Check for scheduling information.


Food Donations & Community Support


Second Harvest Heartland
More than 600,000 people in Minnesota and western Wisconsin are at risk of missing a meal on any given day. For the 1 in 10 people here who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, Second Harvest Heartland is integral to the region’s emergency food system. The Life Time Turkey Day Run Minneapolis joined forces with Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative food banks to collect 733 pounds in 2006. In 2013 Second Harvest Heartland was able to provide 65,803 meals because of the monetary and food donations made by the Turkey Day Run participants. In 2014 we are hoping to collect more than 20,000 pounds of food for the less fortunate in our community and if you bring five food items or more on race day you'll receive a $5 coupon to Cowboy Jacks. A $1 donation is the equivalent of 3.7 meals, please consider making a donation during the registration process to help those in need in the Twin Cities area. We are very thankful to all past and future participants whose generous donations allow us to serve Minnesota residents in need. 

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