Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with the 30th Annual Life Time Turkey Day 5K Minneapolis!

Since 1989, the Turkey Day 5K has brought family and friends together to start the day in a healthy way. Join runners, joggers and walkers for Minneapolis’ Thanksgiving day – turkey trot – tradition.


Register for the 2018 Life Time Turkey Day 5K Minneapolis and receive the following:

  • Limited edition long sleeve race shirt
  • Finisher medal for all those who cross the finish line
  • Timed 5K for all participants
  • Complimentary race photos courtesy of Athlinks
  • Access to the Turkey Day Tailgate Finish Festival with post-race food and warm beverages.
  • $5 Kids Care at Life Time Target Center

*2017 finisher medal and participant shirt pictured

The Largest Colony Contest

Walkers, speedsters and strollers alike, gather your whole family, friends and turkeys to join you at the Turkey Day Run Minneapolis. Colonies of 10 or more will be rewarded.

  1. While registering for the race, be sure to write the “family/team name” you’ll be affiliated with to participate in the contest.
  2. Designate a Colony Captain
  3. Each colony with 10 or more registrants will chose to receive either a pair of turkey “run now gobble later” socks or a Turkey Tom silicone pint glass.
    1. Colony Captain will pick up their teams gifts at the Tailgate Finish Festival.
  4. Each colony will be entered to win a $50 Cowboy Jacks gift certificate which will be awarded during the awards ceremony at the Turkey Day Tailgate stage.

*Teams/Colonies participating under a racing team, charity team or other program are not eligible.

The Fastest Flock Team Challenge

Local racing teams, running groups, running clubs, and whoever else is feeling fast are invited to participate in the NEW Fastest Flock Team Challenge! Team Challenge details include:

  1. Prize Money
    1. 1st place in the Fastest Flock Team Challenge will win $1,000 and the 2nd and 3rd place teams will also each win $500.
  2. Discounted Registration
    1. 20% off for all team members
  3. Priority Packet Pick-Up
    1. Forget the line! All team member packets for each team will be pulled aside and given priority pick up separate from the pick-up for all other participants.
  4. Age-Graded Scoring
    1. Team scores will be calculated using age-graded scoring (the current world record for your age/gender divided by your actual finish time) of the top 5 team members, meaning all teams can compete against each other in one BIG team challenge regardless of age/gender for bragging rights, glory, and of course the prize money!

If your team would like to participate or if you have any questions, email our Team Challenge Coordinator here and more in-depth details about the Team Challenge will be sent to you.

2017 Results here

*Participants competing in The Fastest Flock Team Challenge are not eligible to participate in the Largest Colony Contest.


Sign up online at any time before race morning and receive special perks for registering early.

In person Registration & Packet Pick Up
Register in one of our nine partner retail locations from November 10 – November 19. Walk right in, sign up and receive your race number, limited edition T-shirt and same-day store discount. Visit the Schedule page for packet pickup details.

Race day 
Race-day registration will be offered between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. at the Target Center. Beat the lines and register online!

*Please note that there will not be access into the Target Center after 7:30 a.m.



The CenturyLink Turkey Day Minneapolis is fun for all ages. Youth age 17 and under are encouraged to participate and may have their parent or guardian register the participant in the youth division.

Youth registration is $20 thru November 23 and $25 for race day registration. Registration includes youth t-shirt and all the perks that come along with the Turkey Day Run.

*Race discounts are not applicable to the Youth 5K division.


Members and employees of Life Time Fitness save $5 when you enter your member or employee number during registration. Life Time members may also redeem your LT BUCK$ to register.


Active and retired police, fire, military and first responders are eligible for exclusive discounts via GovX. Click here to claim your discount.


To get College Student pricing, please email a photo of your student ID to mnevents@lt.life. We will email you a promotional code to use during registration.


To receive our Top Age Group Discount (60+ years old), please email a photo of your photo ID to mnevents@lt.life. We will email you a $5 off code to use during registration.

Registration Changes

Participants who are no longer able to run in the CenturyLink Turkey Day 5K presented by Life Time may  defer entry to next year, please login to your Chronotrack account and select “Change Race” and follow the prompts for race deferral. Deferrals must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, November 20.

There are no refunds or transfers for the CenturyLink Turkey Day 5K presented by Life Time.

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