South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

Family at South Asheville Turkey Trot

We can’t wait to see you at the South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K!

Here’s what you need to know for Packet Pick-up and Race Day.

We are thankful you’re here! Thank you for signing up for the South Asheville Turkey Trot. We can’t wait to celebrate our 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.

COVID-19 Guidelines

We are taking this virus very seriously, and we have made substantial changes to ensure we are adhering to the NC guidelines concerning COVID-19. Participants must wear masks before and after the race, but do not have to wear a mask while running. All volunteers and staff members are required to wear masks at all times.

Please visit our Blog Post for a list of COVID-19 guidelines.

Packet Pick-up before Race Day

In-person Packet Pick-up will take place the day before the event at Fleet Feet Asheville in Biltmore Park Town Square.

Date: Wednesday, November 25th from 2-5pm.

Location: 8 Town Square Blvd #165, Asheville, NC 28803

This is a drive-through style packet pick-up, so there is no need to leave your vehicle! We will bring your packet, goody bag and race bib to your vehicle.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO day-of packet pickup. If you have questions please email support@idaph.net.

Race Day

Since we are conducting rolling wave starts this year, the time for this 5K event is between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. So for example, if you signed up for the 8:00-8:19 am start time you can arrive anytime between that 19 minute window to the start line to start your race. You do not have to be there at the start of your wave!

Please arrive approximately 15-20 minutes before your assigned wave start so that you have time to use the restrooms. You should already have your race bib, so please make sure the bib number is on the front of your shirt or some other prominent place! Do not cover it with your jacket, etc. It must be visible when you start and finish.

It is important that you start at your assigned wave start time. Our permit with Bill Moore Community Park is contingent with certain guidelines for this event. Wave start times ensure that only 50 people (the current event gathering allowed number in NC) are in a certain window of time, and allows for social distancing on the course.

If you are not able to make the wave start time you signed up for, please consider converting your race to the virtual option. The course will stay marked until end of the day on Friday, November 27th, and you can submit your results until Sunday at midnight (or run anywhere). This means you can run the race anytime after the event takes place and submit your race results online. You will still receive your race swag. You can make that change through the Race Roster profile.

Please Note: The time limit for the course is 11:00 AM.

5K Course

Click here to watch the Course Preview!


Food and Nutrition info

There will not be any water stations on this course. Please bring your own water and nutrition.

Parking and Restrooms

There is limited parking at Bill Moore Community Park, so please consider carpooling if you are able. There are restrooms and porta-johns with hand-washing stations near the check-in and parking.

Race Route

Check out this link for the official Race Route.


Food Drive

Please help support our food drive! We will be accepting food drive donations for the food bank at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, NC. You can drop off your canned good when you check-in at registration. Our goal is 300 canned goods!

After you cross the finish line

After you cross the finish line, pick up your finisher medal at our contactless medal station, and you are free to head to your vehicle. Due to COVID-19, we are not having any type of after-party activity or awards ceremony, so you can head on home to your Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of your day with family and friends.

Awards Ceremony

There will be a Virtual Awards Ceremony the following week via Zoom. We will send out an email with the Zoom link information, but you can also watch a recorded session on YouTube and Facebook Live after the ceremony takes place.

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


Run Local Accessories

Our Run Local accessories are a great way to celebrate all things running and support small business. These are available for purchase when you register through Race Roster. We appreciate your support! 

Run Local Beanie

Show off your love for running and help support local business when you purchase a Run Local beanie! Available when you register. Make great holiday gifts! 

iDaph Events Run Local Hoodie

Run Local Hoodie

Snuggle up in one of these awesome Run Local hoodies! Available for purchase when you register. Make great gifts for the runner in your life! 

Run Local shirt

Run Local Run Free t-shirt

What a gift to run through the beauty of our North Carolina mountains and forests. With running, we express who we are, our freedom, our love for the outdoors. Run wild and run free. Run local together in 2021. Available for purchase when you log into your Race Roster account.

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South Asheville Turkey Trot Podcast

Listen to the South Asheville Turkey Trot Podcast for everything you need to know for Turkey Trot Day and packet pick-up. You can download this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

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Kiss 2020 goodbye!

Join iDaph Event’s 2021 New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville

Celebrate the love of running, fitness, and the new year with iDaph Events 7th Annual Resolution Run, set for New Year’s Day on Friday, January 1st, 2021 in downtown Asheville, NC.

This annual in-person running event has assigned wave start times beginning at 10 am, so you can watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve and still get up in time to kick off the first day of the year on the right foot.

The race starts and ends in Pack Square, Asheville’s historic public square and the heart of Asheville. The New Year’s Resolution Run is a great way to stick to your fitness goals and stay active throughout the winter months while exploring the streets of downtown Asheville and its surrounding neighborhoods. The 10 Mile distance will not take place this year; instead, a 10K has been put in its place, along with the traditional 5K route. There is also a challenge option for endurance runners, which allows runners to run both the 5k and 10k distances for a total of 9.3 miles.

“After what we have been through as a community over the past year, I cannot imagine a better way to start off the new 2021 year,” says Race Director Daphne Kirkwood. “The New Year’s Resolution Run is an opportunity to let go of the last year together, safely and in-person.”

Changes due to COVID-19

As all of iDaph Events running events since the pandemic, this event will have major changes implemented to allow for a safe and socially distanced event. When runners register they must choose a wave start time and stick to that time when they start the race. The assigned wave start times are to ensure that runners stay socially distanced throughout the race from start to finish, and it eliminates a mass start. Each event has been capped at 150 participants.

A conditional permit has been approved by the City of Asheville on November 9, 2020 for this annual event to take place in downtown Asheville.

Runners are encouraged to bring their own water and nutrition for this event. In order to provide a safe experience for all runners, there will be no water stations or fuel stations on the race course.

For more changes due to COVID-19, please visit the Resolution Run website.

New for 2021! Virtual Option

Runners not ready to attend an in-person event or if from out of town are still able to be part of this annual Resolution Run. A virtual option for this event is also available, and runners can run the same course or a course anywhere to commemorate the start of a brand new year. Virtual participants will have access to the course information and receive all the cool swag mailed directly to their home. Top finishers are also eligible for prizes.

In-person event

5K and 10k runners participating in the in-person event will receive a race t-shirt, a commemorative finisher medal, a chip-timed race, a fully-marked course and a goody bag with their registration fee. Challenge runners will also receive an additional swag item. These swag items are a fun way to commemorate the first run of the year, and a reminder to runners that they have stuck to their fitness goals.

“For many, the t-shirt and commemorative medal will be a reminder to leave 2020 behind and provide a token of hope as together we look forward to a more healthy future in 2021,” says Kirkwood.

No after-party: But we can still have fun!

To commemorate the new year, a fresh start and the Resolution Run accomplishment, all finishers will receive a custom-designed finisher medal after they cross the finish line.

To discourage the gathering of crowds, there will not be any post-event celebrations for the in-person New Year’s Resolution Run. However, runners and spectators can check out Baires Food Truck, which will be on-site at the event serving up their delicious breakfast empanadas and special New Year’s empanadas, along with hot drinks such as hot chocolate and coffee.

There is plenty of space at Pack Square for spectators to come and cheer on their favorite runner during this event. We do ask that spectators wear masks and stay socially distanced from others while attending.

The awards ceremony will be held via Zoom the week following the event to announce overall finishers.

Sign up: Spots are limited!

It is time to say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 and HELLO 2021! For more details about this event, click the button below. 

Please note: If the permit conditions change due to COVID-19 event gathering restrictions, this event will be moved to a different location. There are no deferrals or refunds for this event.

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The iDream Athletes Foundation helps to fund two, community athletic programs: the Asheville Winter Bike League (AVL WBL), and the Asheville Swim League (AVL SWL). Year after year, these two - group style, winter training programs have helped provide safe, donation-based training opportunities that have been welcoming and inviting for all abilities of our community athletes to attend and participate. During these two programs, athletes have worked towards a common goal of improving their cycling and swimming skills, no matter how experienced they are. Both programs promote fitness, skill-training, mental and physical well being, and a chance for community members to connect and spend time with others who share a common interest.

Over the last few months I have been brainstorming on how in the world we can do these group rides and group swims safely. Each and every time I go down various possibilities with new plans, they all seem to fall short of the original vision and mission of what these training programs are intended to do. Trust me, I have been more determined than ever to keep fun, safe happenings going on through this pandemic, and we at iDaph Events have successfully produced safe, socially-distanced and wave and rolling start style events over the past few months. However, this method for these particular programs just do not meet the need of the community and the purpose of what they are supposed to do.

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South Asheville Turkey Trot


The Third Annual Biltmore Park Turkey Trot returns on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th. Join us for this fun and festive annual tradition at our IN-PERSON 5K (also with a virtual race option) that winds through the scenic and FLAT Fletcher Park. The 2020 in-person event has been moved from Biltmore Park Town Square to Fletcher Park to allow for extended wave starts. Wave starts, along with limited participation, will offer social distancing between runners and are part of our safe and responsible race planning. Runners will select a wave start when they register online.

The South Asheville Turkey Trot offers runners, walkers, and trotters a chip-timed race, a fully-marked 5k course, with super-cool, commemorative spinny, finisher medals, a Run.Now.Gobble.Later shirt and an opportunity to win prizes and awards for the overall, masters and age group categories.

Thanksgiving is the largest running holiday with families all over the country and Turkey Trots are a great way to start the day. Join us at Fletcher Park and enjoy some fresh air and exercise before gathering around the table for your Thanksgiving feast! You’ll share miles and smiles with your family and friends as part of this fun, annual tradition. We also have a virtual option with fun Turkey swag included. You can run the same course on your own or wherever you want to run or walk and submit your results online by Sunday, November 29th to be eligible for additional prizes and awards.

For more information visit https://idaph.net/south-asheville-turkey-trot.

Ugly Sweater Run 5K, 10K & Challenge

Get ready to swagger in your sweater (your UGLY sweater, that is), and join us for the inaugural Ugly Sweater Run 5K and 10K at the Riveter in Mills River, NC. Join iDaph Events for a festive (and socially distanced) 5K, 10K & Challenge hosted by the Riveter, the nation’s premier indoor climbing gym, bike park, and wellness arena. There’ll be delicious food, drinks, and refreshments (including adult beverages and coffee), and plenty of activities including a premier bike park and a climbing wall. Chill out after the race and unwind at a socially-distanced flow, indoor yoga class at the Riveter’s yoga studio. Runners can also sign up for the challenge, which involves both distances. A virtual option is also available.

If you’ve never been to the Riveter, you are in for a treat. The fitness facility opened its doors in 2019 and is the first indoor bike park and climbing gym combo in the nation. Located closely to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Asheville Regional Airport, the facility offers outdoor activity and environmental sustainability with a 40,000 square foot facility located above a 10-acre working farm that leads to the French Broad River.

The business is based on adventure fitness and has a 16,000+ square feet of climbing terrain, 18,000+ square feet of progressive jump lines, drop training, and the first Velosolutions Pump Park in the country. The facility also has a beautiful yoga studio, a spin studio, community space, libation station (fancy word for a really cool bar), retail shop, and outdoor courses including a cross-country perimeter trail around the farm.

For more information visit https://idaph.net/ugly-sweater-run/.

Kiss 2020 Goodbye! Run a 5k, 10k, or BOTH in downtown Asheville

Registration for the Annual New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville is set to open November 12th at noon! Let’s kiss 2020 goodbye and celebrate with what we love to do most: RUN! The Resolution Run offers socially-distanced wave starts and this year will have a 5k, 10k, plus a Challenge distance where you can run both! We welcome families and participants of all ages to come run, walk or crawl their way to completing their first resolution. Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to ‘run into’ 2021.

The New Year’s Resolution Run will look a bit different this year. The 10k distance is very popular among our community of runners, so we have replaced the 10 Mile distance with a brand new 10k option. For those endurance runners still looking for a distance challenge on New Year’s Day, the 5k and 10k can both be run, back-to-back so runners can get in a 15k or 9.3 miles.

Baires Food Truck will be at the Resolution Run selling their infamous breakfast empanada, a special New Year’s empanadas and hot drinks such as hot chocolate and coffee. Cash and card accepted. Website Event website page coming soon.

Visit https://idaph.net/resolution-run for updates!

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Congratulations Pop Up 5K Runners!

The Pop up 5K in the Park was a brand new running series for iDaph Events this year — and the first series of events since the pandemic knocked everything upside down. We weren’t sure how it would go  — we had about 30 people at the first event, and we were happy with that number. But as word of mouth got out, it grew a little bigger and we ended up with over 550 participants by the end of the Summer Series, which we ended in September. We had 281 participants in the Fall Series in October.

Ages varied from 5 years old to 75 years old, and we had every range of athlete, from beginners, to cross country runners, families, veteran runners, fast runners, and people who just wanted to get out and walk and be part of the events. And we also had about 14 Virtual runners and a huge thank you to them - we really appreciate your support.

We say all that to say this: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! From the bottom of our hears here at iDaph Events, our team is beyond grateful for your participation and support in order to move forward in the events industry.


Here’s a list of our top finishers

A huge thank you to our partners!

We owe a great deal of thanks to the town of Fletcher, and Bill Moore Community Park for allowing the event to take place at their location this year. Bill Moore Community Park is recognized as one of the best family parks in Western North Carolina, and it was the perfect location for these Pop Up 5ks.

huge thank you to our partners, Fleet Feet Asheville! And Erin with Mizuno - loved having her at our Pop Up 5Ks and we had lots of runners try on the new Mizuno running shoes.

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