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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!


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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New in 2014 — 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!


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.

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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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! 


Top Off Your Run

2014 TD5K Adult Shirt

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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.


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If you've already registered and would like to buy a hat, please bring cash or credit to the race site (see map for exact location). 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 Oct. 6 – Nov. 23.


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.

Packet Pickup and In-Store Registration


Packet pickup and in-store registration is available at the following locations starting October 6. 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. All participants that registered by September 30 will receive their packets in the mail by November 19.

REI Bloomington
750 American Blvd. W, Bloomington, MN 55420


REI Roseville
1955 County Road B2 W, Roseville, MN 55113


REI Maple Grove
11581 Fountains Dr., Maple Grove, MN 55369


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


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


Start Line
12979 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55305


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

REI Packet Pickup Parties


Who says packet pickup needs to squash your pre-Thanksgiving preparations? Get ready for a fast and fun-filled packet pickup at REI! Stop in to pick up your packet at one of the extra-staffed stores and get entered into a raffle for a swag basket (+$300 value)! In addition, REI will also be giving away water bottles to the first 300 people at each location along with a 20% discount on one REI-branded item for race participants. 


Packet pickup/registration parties will be held on the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, November 11 
REI Roseville: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Thursday, November 13 
REI Maple Grove: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Saturday, November 15 
REI Bloomington: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 


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.

2014 Kid Shirt

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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. 



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

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 7:30 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. 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
This is a fun run so a display clock will be at the start and finish. No official results will be kept.


Top 10 males and females to cross the finish line will receive a pumpkin pie and $25 gift card to Cowboy Jacks.


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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Phone: 952-229-7996