There will be LIMITED RACE DAY REGISTRATION AND PACKET PICKUP available PLEASE COME EARLY. Please register online prior to coming to packet pickup.
THE RACE: Since its beginning in 1980 this event has grown to become one of the area's premier roadraces. The festive spirit of the Turkey Day 10K has attracted both the serious runners who compete regularly as well as individuals entering their first roadrace. The energizing music at the registration area and along the course, the ideal September running conditions, the crowds of cheering spectators, the experienced volunteer staff, the soothing massage at the finish, the free picnic with live entertainment, the classic designer T-shirt and many other amenities have made this "not your ordinary race".
AWARDS: All race entrants will receive a classic Turkey Day 10K long sleeved dri-fit shirt designed by well-known area cartoonist, Bob Artley. Awards will be presented to the top 2-3 male and female finishers in the following age groups, depending upon the number of runners in each division. Special cash prizes will be offered to the top finishers in the open and masters divisions.
PACKET PICKUP: Packet pickup is available on Friday to help alleviate congestion on Saturday morning. Packet pickup will be held on Friday Night (5:00PM-8:00PM) in the new YMCA located on the Minnesota West College campus (1501 Collegeway) in Worthington, MN. Packet pickup on Saturday morning will be held at the corner of 10th St. and 6th Ave. (aprox. 1+ blocks SW of start). We strongly encourage anyone who can to pickup their packet the night before the event.
PRIZE MONEY: Special cash prizes will be offered to the top finishers in the open and master's divisions:
OPEN MEN (UNDER 40): $500, $250, $100, $50
OPEN WOMEN (UNDER 40): $500, $250, $100, $50
MASTERS MEN: $100, $50
MASTERS WOMEN: $100, $50
PICNIC RECEPTION: After the race there will be a picnic reception for all the runners at Centennial Beach Park on scenic Lake Okabena. It's the ideal time to renew your acquaintances with area runners and to talk over the race. While you're enjoying your free hot dog and refreshments, you'll be entertained with lively music. You'll also be eligible to win one of many running-related door prizes. The picnic will conclude with the awards ceremony.
REGISTRATION: Since the race results are computerized, pre-registration is encouraged.
DRESSING FACILITIES: Race participants may dress and shower at the Minnesota West College Campus (1501 College Way). Please bring your own towel.
AID STATIONS: Water will be available at the 1.5 and 4.5 mile marks. You may also register for Time Tracker to get results sent to you on your cell phone, PDA, pager, or e-mail.
TEAM COMPETITION: All interested runners can participate in our team competition for no additional charge. Each team will consist of 3 members and will compete in one of six different divisions: Open (men's, women's, mixed) and Master's (men's, women's, mixed); to be eligible for the Master's competition, each team member must be 40 years or older. Team scores will be determined by totaling the finishing times of all 3 runners. To register as a team, all of the team members' individual entries must be received by Tuesday prior to the race: no late registrations will be accepted.
THE COURSE: This 10K (6.2 mile) course begins in downtown Worthington, and winds its way around scenic Lake Okabena. The course consists of hard-surfaced roads which are wide and partially shaded. The course is slightly rolling, just enough to make it interesting and fast. Traffic will be controlled for the safety of the runners. Miles 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 will be marked with large road signs. After circling the lake, the race ends back in downtown Worthington where hundreds of spectators cheer the runners through the finishing mile.