The Joplin Turkey Trot is back in-person and it’s turning 10!
Welcome to the 10th Annual Joplin Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk in Downtown Joplin! Runners and walkers are encouraged to join us on Thanksgiving morning for what has become a family tradition for many. This CERTIFIED 5K course begins and ends right in front of Joplin City Hall on Main Street, which is closed to traffic. Participants of the 5K will enjoy a super soft raglan event shirt, AMAZING FINISHER MEDAL, chip timing, start/finish line announcing by BoCa Enterprises, music by Resonation, Krispy Kreme donuts, and coffee. Club 609, across from the finish line, will be open just for our runners who want to have a Bloody Mary or other mixed drink before heading to Thanksgiving dinner. As Joplin’s largest 5K, this is a race you don’t want to miss!
Early packet pick-up: Wednesday, November 24 at a location TBA from noon-6:00p.m.
Late packet pick-up will be available on race day from 6:30 am – race start at a location TBA.
Chip timing provided for all registered 5K.
5K participants registered by November 15 will be guaranteed a long sleeved race tee. After November 15, shirts will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Those participating in the 1 Mile Fun Run have the option of adding a shirt to their registration for just $10 until November 15.
Runners will enjoy Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee.
5 year age category increments! Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female in the 5K. Age category awards will be given for the following age categories: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
There will be professional DJ playing music and a professional race emcee keeping runners informed during the event.
There will be a photographer on course capturing your finish. All photographs are free to download!
1 Mile Fun Run:
Fun Run participants under the age of 12 will receive a finisher’s medal. All Fun Run participants will enjoy post-race snacks and festivities. Fun Run registration does NOT include a shirt, but a shirt may be purchased in addition to the registration via the check-out process.
Joplin Turkey Trot Corporate Challenge:
The Joplin Turkey Trot Corporate Challenge is a fun way to encourage health and wellness for your employees and their families. Joplin area businesses and organizations will compete in two divisions: (1) LARGE EMPLOYER DIVISION (100+ employees), and (2) SMALL EMPLOYER DIVISION (under 100 employees). Participating businesses/organizations get credit for their employee and employee’s family participation. The 2021 Joplin Turkey Trot Corporate Challenge Champions will be presented trophies at the Turkey Trot. To enroll your organization, email Starlitrunningco@gmail.com with your organization name and number of employees.
Virtual 5K Option Available!
Runners who can’t attend race day can register for the Virtual 5K. Virtual runners are not eligible for overall or age category awards. Transfers from actual to virtual will not be allowed after online registration closes on November 27 . Virtual runner directions:
Run your virtual race distance anytime during the month of November.
On or after race day (November 25th), post your time result on either the Turkey Trot Event page or on your My Activities dashboard on LocalRaces.com.
Our staff will then mail the virtual race packet.
1. Are strollers allowed on course?
Yes! Please feel free to take your little one/s along for the run.
2. Is this a pet friendly event?
Absolutely! Well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed on the race course.
3. Where should I park?
Main Street from 2nd to 7th will be closed to traffic. Parking is available on Joplin Avenue and Virginia Avenue.
4. Can I walk the race?
Of course! This is a family oriented event with a great mix of walkers and runners.
5. Will the race be cancelled if the weather is bad?
We will run rain or shine, wet or dry! Only in the event of severe weather including lightning will we postpone the start until the weather has passed.