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Turkey Day Minneapolis – 11.27.14


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. When you register before October 1, we’ll even mail your race packet to you. Sign up today for the Turkey Day Run Minneapolis to receive best pricing; it's easy as pie!

Entry Fees

Category Nov 28 - Feb 1 Feb 2 - Aug 8 Aug 9 - Oct 1 Oct 2 - Nov 26 Nov 27
Adult 5K $25 $30 $35 $39 $49
Life Time Member $20 $25 $30 $34 $45
Youth 5K (17 & under) $20 $20 $20 $20 $25

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.

Register for Thanksgiving 2014!

Date: November 27, 2014
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Downtown Minneapolis

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Top Off Your Run


A turkey isn't complete without the proper toppings! Our 2014 Turkey Day Run hats are available on the registration website for $15. Register before October 1 and we'll mail your hat with your race packet. Register after October 1 and you can pick up your hat at the Marketing Booth outside the Target Center on race day. 


If you've already registered and would like to buy a hat, please email kdonahue@lifetimefitness.com. We have a limited amount available, so snag yours today!

Three Ways to Register

OnlineRegister today! Sign up prior to September 1 and receive a custom race bib with your own personalized message. When you register before October 1, we’ll even mail your race packet to you. You will be able to pick up your limited edition T-shirt and race bib at one of our retail partner locations beginning Sept. 29 – Nov. 25.


In person – Register in one of our partner retail locations beginning Oct. 6 – Nov. 23. Walk right in, sign up and receive your race number, limited edition T-shirt and same-day store discount. Store locations will be announced in September.


Race day – You can even sign up the morning of the race. Race-day registration will be offered between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. at the Target Center on level 5.


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.


River City Rhythm 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 long sleeve Turkey Day Run shirt (arrive early to ensure their shirt size) and snacks. Elmo from Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend will also be on hand to play with the kids and cheer them on in their race.


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.

Turkey Day participants receive an exclusive $5 discount on Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend tickets. Use the code RUN at AXS.com to receive the special offer. *Some restrictions apply*

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. 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.


Want to learn more about how the Turkey Day Run provides community support?
> Check out our charity infographic



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

Schedule of Events


6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Race day registration and packet pickup at the Target Center, Concourse 3 (600 1st Ave, Minneapolis)
7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kids Carnival
8 a.m. 5K starts
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.


Race Results
This is a fun run so a display clock will be at the start and finish. No official results will be kept.


Awards will be given to the top 3 male and top 3 female participants immediately following the race. The top 20 overall finishers will receive a pumpkin pie.


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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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 targetcenter.com 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 metrotransit.org 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 metrotransit.org for scheduling information.


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Athlete Services - Minneapolis

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Phone: 952-229-7996