South Asheville Turkey Trot


We are thankful you’re here! Thank you for signing up for the South Asheville Turkey Trot p/b Hunter Subaru in Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville, North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day. We can’t wait to celebrate Thanksgiving morning with you.

Please take a moment to read through our pre-event guide blog. It has important information regarding the event. You can also download and listen to the iDaph Events Podcast for information about the South Asheville Turkey Trot, or check out the recorded podcast on YouTube.

Race updates are posted daily to the South Asheville Turkey Trot Facebook Page, the iDaph Events Facebook page and Instagram page. Follow along to keep up-to-date. 



5K - 9:00 am (mass start)

Race Location: 

8 Town Square Blvd, Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville, NC


The start and finish line are in two separate locations. They are on the same street on the 8 Town Square Blvd block. The start line is near Fleet Feet Asheville. The finish line is located near the Trot Shop by Coldwell Banker. 

Please note: THE COURSE IS CLOSED AT 10:30AM.


Parking is available in all the parking decks in Biltmore Park Town Square. There is NO Parking available at the start and finish line. Nearby Handicap parking is available near Athleta, LOFT and Barnes and Noble. 

Note: All runners must be parked by 8:30am on Thanksgiving Day! 


Portajons are located near Clean Juice, close to the finish line. 


#1 In-person Pre-event Packet Pick-up will take place the day before the event close to Fleet Feet Asheville in Biltmore Park Town Square.

Check your Hunter Subaru goody bag for exclusive discount cards and coupons to be used at shops Biltmore Park Town Square - Smallcakes, Reuter YMCA, Fleet Feet and more!!!

Date: Wednesday, November 23rd from NOON-3pm.

Location: Trot Shop: 8 Town Square Blvd Suite #110, Asheville, NC 28803

#2 Race Day Packet Pick-up: Thursday, November 24th from 7:30-8:30am. There is no packet pickup available after 8:30am on race day. 

Location: Trot Shop: 8 Town Square Blvd Suite #110, Asheville, NC 28803

Race Merchandise is available for purchase in the Trot Shop on Wednesday during packet pickup hours and on Thursday after the race. 

Note: If you had your shirt and race number shipped, stop by packet pickup to pick up your Hunter Subaru Goody Bag after the race. 

Note: All runners must be parked by 8:30am on Thanksgiving Day! 

Please wear your race number on the FRONT of your shirt/pants/jacket. Do not BEND, CRUMBLE your bib numbers. We must be able to see the number throughout the race and when you cross the finish line. Race numbers that are worn under jackets or clothing may not pick-up on the timing system when you cross the finish line.  


Have a friend or family member that is not registered and is planning to wait to sign up? Participants must register online on Race Roster for the race. We encourage participants to sign up in the comfort of their home on their computer, ipad, or phone prior to showing up for the race. To eliminate contact there are no paper forms or ipads available to use to complete to sign-up at packet pickup on race day.  We expect the race to be sold out by race day!

Race Day 

When you arrive, head over to the start/finish area and grab a cup of hot cocoa or coffee from Barebones Brewhaus coffee cart. Bring some cash!

Race Start Time: PROMPTLY at 9am

We encourage competitive runners, in contention to win overall and in your age group to line up at the front of the starting line. Overall winner times are based on gun-time. Age group participant times are based on chip-time. So when you cross the timing mat is when your race time will start and when you cross the timing mat at the finish, your time will stop. Runners will not be able to start late. 

Please Note: The time limit for the course is 10:30am.


The race course for the South Asheville Turkey Trot takes place in Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville, North Carolina . The course has one water stop (utilized 2x) supported by Green Moose Fuel at approx. mile 1.5 and mile 2.5.


PAY ATTENTION! Follow the signs with arrows and the course markings.  Do not just ‘follow’ the person in front of youif they are not paying attention and go the wrong direction you will too! It is up to YOU to know the course and the route you are running.  Please be courteous and give high fives and thumbs up to your fellow runners and volunteers out on the course.   

Post race snacks and water will be available near the finish line. 

- Fresh Market bananas

- Allen Tate / Beverly Hanks bottled water

- Smallcakes mini cupcakes


Massages by Yoga and Massage and Injury Screenings provided by Vitalee PT. 


Visit with Sheep Dog Impact Assistance + Esco Insurance Agency + YogaSix at the race finish!



Online results will be available LIVE throughout the race HERE. 


Prizes include: Pint glasses from Thirsty Monk (overall/age group), gift certificates from Fleet Feet Asheville (overall/masters) and turkeys for the overall male/female winners from Luella’s BBQ! 

Check out the awards categories for this year’s events HERE.  The Awards Ceremony will take place near the finish line at approximately 10:15am. 

If you are an award winner but can’t stay afterwards, you can pick it up at Fleet Feet Asheville starting Friday, November 25th at 3pm or have your prize shipped directly to you by purchasing the option for $10 in the Race Store.

The week after the race, we will post race photos HERE.

*While we plan to take as many photos as we can. WE cannot guarantee that we will capture everyone in a race photo. If you would like to make sure you have a picture from race day, take a selfie in front of the Turkey Trot photo backdrop and/or have a family/friend take photos for you!*

In it for the fun and not to win the race? The South Asheville Turkey Trot presented by Hunter Subaru features a “Best Dressed Turkey” Contest each year!


The Best Dressed in turkey-themed costumes and attire for all award categories will receive a special turkey-themed prize and the Best Dressed Overall Male Gobbler and Female Hen will also receive a free entry to next year’s race! Get the family together, grab all your turkey swag and show up to kick off this fun, annual holiday tradition as you gobble and waddle your way through Biltmore Park!

Award Categories:

Best Dressed Turkey Group

Best Dressed Turkey Gobbler (male)

Best Dressed Turkey Hen (female)

Best Dressed Turkey Jake (juvenile male)

Best Dressed Turkey Jenny (juvenile female)



Spectators are welcome!  This is a spectator friendly race from start to finish. 

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance 

Improving the Lives of Our Nation’s Veterans and First Responders in Need by Helping Them Get Off The Couch™ and Reengage in Living an Active, Meaningful & Productive Life Through Our Outdoor Adventures, Warrior PATHH and Disaster Response Mission Programs.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs states that more than 6,000 Veterans die by suicide each year, and other statistics show that twice as many First Responders die by suicide than in the line of duty. By gathering together Sheep Dogs who have suffered similar traumas & experiences, SDIA has found that the camaraderie and peer support they receive fosters healing and is critical to their overall well-being. When Sheep Dogs #GetOffTheCouch™, their attitude, motivation and perspective are drastically improved. Your generous support allows SDIA to ENGAGE, ASSIST & EMPOWER our nation’s heroes to Get Off The Couch™ with their brothers & sisters, which prevents suicides in our Veteran and First Responder communities

Your donations will go to the following programs/causes:

  • Christmas Eve first responders care packages - will deliver these to every first responder, EMS, and law enforcement in various counties.
  • Holiday program - for helping Sheep Dog families in need with a Christmas meal and donations towards children’s gifts
  • Warrior PATHH for veterans and first responders - This program helps veterans and first responders struggling with PTSD through a 5 day program, followed by 18 months of online meetings and support


Good luck Turkey Trotters! We hope you have a great run and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

South Asheville Turkey Trot sponsors