South Asheville Turkey Trot Logo 2021

South Asheville Turkey Trot 5k

presented by Hunter Subaru


Thursday, November 23, 2023


The 5th annual South Asheville Turkey Trot presented by Hunter Subaru returns to Biltmore Park Town Square for 2023!

Make plans to bring your family and friends and join in on the fun. Awesome race swag includes a comfy t-shirt, goody bag and a unique finisher medal!

Thanksgiving is the largest running holiday with families all over the country! Turkey Trots are a great way to start the day. Join us at Biltmore Park Town Square 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.

This year’s race is limited to only 1,500 in-person participants.

The race is located in Biltmore Park Town Square in South Asheville, North Carolina. The entire race is run throughout the Town Square and the surrounding neighborhoods within Biltmore Park, and the course is USATF Certified!

Race date & course subject to change.

There is plenty of free parking near the start and finish. Bring your entire family and celebrate Thanksgiving with us for this holiday, annual tradition.

Race Details

In Person 5K
Start Time: 9am mass start

Virtual 5K: Want to be part of the annual event, but not able to participate in person? Join us anytime from anywhere for the Virtual 5k. Submit your time online and receive the awesome race shirt (free until deadline) and medal in the mail.

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

We strongly encourage competitive runners looking for a fast time to be in the front of the line-up at the start.  

In Person Race is capped at 1,500 participants. 

Course Type: This 5K is a fully marked course, on pavement with rolling to moderate inclines and hills.

Stroller friendly? No problem! Our event is stroller friendly, but we do ask that if you’re not in it to win it, please start towards the back of the pack for the safety of all the participants. However, if you’re a competitive parent-child duo, and plan to be out front the entire race to win overall, feel free to start up front and show us what you’ve got!

Dogs allowed? Furry friends are family too, and are welcomed as spectators on the sidelines. Due to the congestion and safety concerns, dogs cannot participate in the race itself.

Free shirt deadline

• Sunday, November 5th at midnight. After this date the shirts are $20 for purchase, in limited sizes and quantities.


DONATIONS will be accepted during registration for Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, our non-profit partner. 

What you get with your registration

• A one-of-a-kind comfy ‘Gobble til you Wobble’ Turkey Trot race shirt
• A unique, commemorative Finisher Medal
• Hunter Subaru Goody bag, stocked full of surprises!
•  A professionally chip-timed race on a USATF certified and fully-marked course! Results are posted online LIVE throughout the race.
• A moderately rolling course throughout Biltmore Park Town Square and the Biltmore Park neighborhood. This is the only running event permitted in Biltmore Park!
• A beautiful and scenic fall route in Western North Carolina.

• Complete your 5k run anytime, anywhere and submit your results on the Race Roster page.
• A unique Turkey Trot Finisher Medal
• A one-of-a-kind comfy Turkey Trot race shirt (free until deadline)

Holiday Hustle

presented by Hunter Subaru

Get ready to sleigh the holidays with us again this year as we bring back the most popular running series, the Holiday Hustle presented by Hunter Subaru!

Participants can join us either in-person or virtually (or a combo of both) for these three races:

And will get an awesome ‘Holiday Hustle’ medal on New Year’s Day! To enter the Holiday Hustle series, just sign up for each of the three events listed above and you will be automatically added. The deadline to register for the three races in the series to get the medal is Sunday, November 5th, 2023. There’s no better way to get through the holidays than crushing goals and winning extra bling!

NEW FOR 2023: Plan to complete the Holiday Hustle Series and proudly show off your accomplishment with a personalized, Holiday Hustle Dri-Fit Shirt, available in unisex and women’s sizes.

Shirts will be personalized on the back with the names of all participants who register for all three events in the series before the November 5th deadline!

Shirts will be given out at the New Year’s Resolution Run.

Add one to your registration for only $30!

Stay connected by joining the Holiday Hustle Facebook Group HERE!

South Asheville Turkey Trot - iDaph Events
The South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K presented by Hunter Subaru is on November 23, 2023 - Thanksgiving Day in Biltmore Park Town Square, South Asheville, North Carolina.

Ugly Sweater Run - iDaph Events
Join us for the 4th Annual Ugly Sweater Run 5K & 10K presented by Hunter Subaru, December 2nd at the Riveter in Mills River, NC! Running, food, beer, Ugly Sweater Costume contest, activities and more on the first Saturday in December!

Resolution Run Asheville - iDaph Events
Start  your New Year on the right foot! Join us in downtown Asheville, NC for the 10th Annual New Year’s Resolution Run 5K & 10K presented by Hunter Subaru on New Year’s Day.


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View Photos from the 2022 Event here! You can also upload YOUR race photos for others to view.


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

The South Asheville Turkey Trot course is USATF Certified!


The course cutoff for all participants will be 10:30am.

We are thrilled to announce JAMBAR will be the official nutrition/energy bar partner of the race!

JAMBARS were created by the co-founder of the original PowerBar, Jennifer Maxwell. Jennifer worked for four and a half years to create the perfect bar. “Everything in a JAMBAR you could eat off a spoon!” JAMBAR is featured in this month’s Runner’s World magazine as one of the top bars of the year for their Mango flavor! JAMBARS are

  • Certified organic & non-GMO
  • Crafted in small batches in the company’s own facility
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Made with real fruit and/or fair trade chocolate
  • Sweetened with authentic sweeteners from nature
  •  Offer 10 grams of protein per bar

JAMBAR also donates 50% of all after-tax profits to qualified nonprofits to support music, active living and community connections! You’ll find JAMBAR at the finish line. Be sure to stop by and pick one up! With four delicious flavors to choose from, you’ll definitely “Get your jam on!”


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Cozy up with this new favorite Turkey Trot comfy race t-shirt! The free tee deadline is Sunday, November 5th at midnight. After this date shirts are $20 for purchase online, in limited sizes and quantities. We cannot guarantee that we will have extra shirts for sale on race day, so get one when you register online!

South Asheville Turkey Trot Medal


Sparkle and shimmer at your Thanksgiving dinner table with the South Asheville Turkey Trot finisher medal. The first 1,500 participants to sign up will receive a commemorative medal!



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 both award categories will receive a special turkey-themed prize!

 Get the family together, throw on all your turkey swag and show up to kick off your holiday with this fun annual tradition as you gobble and trot your way through Biltmore Park! You know you love a little friendly competition with friends & family! 

Award Categories:

Best Dressed Turkey Overall - Top 3

Best Dressed Turkey Group 


 Participants who choose the virtual option can run the Turkey Trot 5K on their own time! Virtual participants will have access to the course information for the event so they can have a ‘self-serve’ event experience on the same course as the in-person participants. Or, they can come up with their own course anywhere that they live!

Virtual 5K Event Highlights:

• All Virtual participants will receive a Commemorative Turkey Trot 5k finisher medal, and a 2023 commemorative Turkey Trot Race Shirt FOR FREE (until free shirt deadline)!

• Download finisher completion certificates


Biltmore Park Town Square is humming with life! This vibrant town center in Asheville, NC, is filled with locally owned boutiques, kids’ shops, and national retailers including LOFT, REI, Athleta, Orvis and Barnes & Noble. The area hosts free summer concerts and a weekly tailgate farmers’ market, while locals gather at casual restaurants and taverns, some with patio seating. 

Here, a short walk connects you to exciting shops, lively restaurants, cafés and gathering spots, spas and health clubs, as well as a range of dynamic businesses and employers. A state-of-the-art upscale YMCA, the Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 movie theater, and the luxurious Hilton Asheville are just a few of the other reasons why Biltmore Park Town Square is quickly becoming the place to be in Asheville. If you have questions about Biltmore Park Town Square click here or call 828.210.1660.



The Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park has graciously offered a discounted rate of $165.00 for South Asheville Turkey Trot participants. 

The room rate is applicable from Wednesday, 11/22/23 through check-out on Sunday, 11/26/23.

CLICK HERE for the direct booking link to receive the special rate. 


Packet pickup will take place the day before the event in Biltmore Park Town Square. Or have your race shirt and bib shipped! Select this shipping option during online registration.

Pre-event Packet Pickup: Wednesday, November 22nd from Noon - 3pm in Biltmore Park Town Square. Location to be determined.

Day-of packet pickup will take place at the same location on the morning of the event from 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM. If you cannot make it to either of the packet pickup sessions, you can purchase the pre-event shipping option during registration, or from the Race Store.

You may also have a friend or family member pick up your race packet. 

Note: All participants must be parked no later than 8:30am on Race day.



Overall Awards:

Awards for Overall winners will be given out after the event during the awards ceremony near the finish line at approximately 10:15am. Age group awards may be picked up in the Trot Shop after the overall awards ceremony has concluded. 

If you are an award winner but can’t stay afterwards, you may pick it up at Fleet Feet Asheville starting Friday, November 24th at 3pm or have your prize shipped directly to you by purchasing the option for $10 in the Race Store. 

Fleet Feet Asheville Gift Certificates:

  • Top 3 overall finishers (male/female)
  • 1st Place Overall Masters finishers (male/female)

Age Group Awards:

Pint glasses from Thirsty Monk Asheville:

  • Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers (male/female) for the following age groups:
    • 9 and under
    • 10-14
    • 15-19
    • 20-24
    • 25-29
    • 30-34
    • 35-39
    • 40-44
    • 45-49
    • 50-54
    • 55-59
    • 60-64
    • 65-69
    • 70-74
    • 75-79
    • 80+



Did you register to participate in-person but can’t make it on race day? You don’t have to miss out! You can transfer your registration to the virtual event at any point before the start of the race. In the virtual event, you’ll run anywhere you like, post your results, and have your swag mailed to you after the event.

TRANSFERS: All participants can transfer into the virtual version of their event up until the start of the event. Email support@idaph.net to request the transfer. There will be no refunds for the price difference between events. Transfers during the week of the event will cost $10 (beginning Monday, November 20th).

Transfers between participants are prohibited. Participants who run with another runner’s bib will be automatically DQd and bandits will be banned from future iDaph events.

REFUNDS: We have a small, but mighty team that is working on all the details to produce this event safely for you and everyone in our community in attendance. We are incurring the expenses for production well before the day of the event, and we will not be able to provide a refund to you should you want to cancel your registration, or if the event itself has to be cancelled due to a change in the status of the pandemic, weather, an act of god, or other unforeseen circumstance.

DEFERRALS: We do not allow deferrals from race to race. If you’re unable to make it on race day, you may switch to the virtual option.

CANCELLATION: In the event of an unforeseen circumstance, such as an emergency, an act of god, not receiving approval of final event permits, or change in pandemic status resulting in the inability to have the in-person event, we reserve the right to cancel the event and automatically convert all in-person registrations to the virtual option. Should this occur, your swag will be mailed to you for free.


We are honored to support Sheep Dog Impact Assistance again at this year’s event.  Sheep Dog will use the funds from the race for various program needs. Including purchasing and providing care packages for First Responders on Christmas Eve plus providing Christmas meals and gifts for Veteran and First Responder kids and families. In addition, funds will be allocated to send veterans and first responders that are struggling with PTSD to a dedicated program for additional support and resources. Donate directly to Sheep Dog when you register online. Let’s make this holiday season a giving season.


Want to be part of the Turkey Trot festivities, but not up to running in the race? We can always use amazing volunteers to help with various items leading up to and at the race! Volunteers will get a Turkey Trot race shirt.  

Volunteer at Biltmore Park Turkey Trot


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