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Hot to (Turkey) Trot in Long Beach!
Before Filling Up on Thanksgiving, You Can Run It Off!
THE THANKSGIVING DAY 5K/10K Turkey Trot Run/Walk and Kids 1/2-Mile Wingding will take place at the Granada Boat Launch Ramp, 1 Granada Ave., 90803 in Belmont Shore. Packet pickup the Wednesday before Thanksgiving from 3-7 p.m. at the start/finish line or 30 minutes before your race begins. MAP
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can you tell me more about the charity benefiting from the Long Beach Turkey Trot?
100% raised goes to this charity. We will raise thousands for the 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.) for their events/projects that include the monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanup, the Long Beach Giving Project, Haute Dogs, the $1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee, the National Adult Spelling Bee, the Fourth of July Kids' Bike Parade, Operation Easter Basket, Operation Santa Paws, Long Beach Losers, the Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, Miss Long Beach and more. The group puts on more than 60 annual projects/events/contests focused mostly on animal, environmental and youth welfare. MORE ABOUT C.A.T.
TO GET FREE PARKING: Which food banks will receive the non-perishable food items that are collected?
In exchange for free beachfront parking on Wed. (Granada Ave. lot during packet pickup) and again on Thurs. (Granada Ave., the Pier, La Verne, Claremont lots on Thanksgiving morning only) please bring two non-perishables or $2 donation to CAT each day.
The most popular food bank items are:
• peanut butter
• Breakfast cereal
• Macaroni and cheese
• Canned fruit
Other items might include, soup, canned vegetables or canned fruit, jelly, crackers, applesauce, instant potatoes, rice, canned yams, boxed stuffing, pudding, cereal, baby food, shampoo, conditioner, disposable baby diapers, ravioli, cookies, cranberry sauce. This year the food bank is the AIDS Food Store of Long Beach (twice monthly distribution). Volunteers will accept your 2 goods or $2 cash as you enter the beachfront parking lots on Wed. for packet pickup, and another 2 goods or $2 on race morning.
MR. & MS. DRUMSTICK PHOTO CONTEST: How can I win part of the $500 for my charity/school in the best legs contest?
We are looking for the best legs at the Turkey Trot. Are they muscular, hairy, tall, skinny, and/or stocky? There will be a photo station near the finish line refreshments area to get your photo taken, as time permits, for this "Mr. & Ms. Drumstick" contest. The male and female who get the most "likes" on their photo in our "Long Beach Turkey Trot" Facebook gallery the days following the Trot will get $250 each for their favorite local charity. We can only put up to approx. 250 finalists' photos in our online gallery for this Mr. and Ms. Drumstick contest. There is no charge to enter. We will contact winners based on their bib number that will be clearly shown in each photo. See photos from a previous year’s Mr. & Ms. Drumstick contest. The photo area will be right next to the refreshments area. The contest is only for Turkey Trot registrants with bibs.
Can I help on Wed. or Thurs.?
Yes, we depend on approx. 150 volunteers to make the event a success. We need help Wed. from 1:30-8:15 p.m., and on Thurs. from 5:30 a.m.-noon. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER
DAY OF REGISTRATION QUESTIONS
What is the start line/packet pickup address?
click: 1 Granada Ave. Enter only at 1 Granada Ave., 90803
Is there a way to "check-in" to Facebook on my smart phone when I arrive?
Yes. When you arrive, go to www.facebook.com/LongBeachTurkeyTrot
Where can I register for the race on race day?
Register at 1 Granada Ave. on the boat launch ramp, in the Belmont Pool parking lot, from 6:15 to 10 a.m. Be registered at least 30 minutes before your start time begins.
Where do I register for the Kids’ ½-Mile Wingding on race day?
You can register your child at the main registration area at 1 Granada Ave. Details below.
I have a registration problem.
Go to the volunteers/help desk table in the registration area.
Where do I get my bib and shirt?
Packet pickup is Wed. Nov. 26 from 3-7 p.m. or Thurs., Nov. 27, 6:15-10 a.m. at least 30 minutes before your start time. We cannot guarantee shirts to anyone who has not been to packet pickup at least 30 minutes before their start time, or for anyone who registers on or the day before Thanksgiving. We cannot guarantee a Trot shirt for late registrants.
Will we be able to check our belongings?
What if it rains?
This is a rain or shine event.
How many water stations will be on the course?
Water stations are just before the 5K and 10K turnarounds. And, plentiful water at the finish line’s refreshments area.
Where can I see a map of the course? The entire course is on the beach bike path. MAP
If it is cold or raining will there be a place to put my belongings?
Not this year. Please leave belongings in your car.
Why do you not have timing?
We've decided to not hire a professional timing company for this race so that we can give that thousands more to charity. And, from past experience with our races, more than 85% of our athletes do not stay for the awards ceremony or wait to get their winning certificate. They want to race home to their families and feasts! There will be no age categories or online posting of race times. This is a no-frills Thanksgiving charity fun run.
Do you have a race clock?
Yes. We do have a large 2-sided digital race clock on the finish line so you can see your time. The race clock restarts when each new race starts at 7, 8:30, and 10 a.m.
Am I cool?
Yes, very. You are hot to trot!
Can I wear a costume?
Yes, we love costumed runners and walkers.
Can I walk the whole thing?
Yes, we welcome walking. If you walk slower than a 15-minute mile, please register for a 5K.
When does the finish line and refreshments area close?
We close up at 11:15 a.m. so volunteers can go home to their families. If you do the 10 a.m. start time, make sure you can complete the event within 95 minutes. If not, please select another start time.
FREE KIND bars will be given out at packet pickup.
When/Where will the packet pick-up be?
At the boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave., 90803. Wed., Nov. 26 from 3-7 p.m. or Thanksgiving Day from 6:15-10 a.m., but arrive at least 30 minutes before your start time. Bring a few dollars, mac n cheese, breakfast cereal, canned fruit, or peanut butter (for the AIDS Food Store) to get FREE beachfront parking.
Can I pick-up a bib and/or T-shirt for someone else?
Yes, bring a note from that person that includes their full name, shirt size, start time. Give the note to the volunteer handing out bibs.
Can I register during the packet pickup?
Yes, we’ll have entry forms at the packet pickup. All races, including Kids’ Wingding, that are not SOLD OUT will be $40 ($50 for the sold-out 8:30 a.m. start), cash-only/exact change at packet pickup and on race day. There are some "charity" spots available for SOLD OUT start times at $50 each.
Why should I pick my stuff up the day before Thanksgiving instead of the day of the race?
You will avoid the rush, hassle and worry of race morning bib/shirt pickup, and you'll get to see the parking lots and start/finish line. When you get your bib and shirt on the day before Thanksgiving, you simply put on your bib and go straight to the start line.
Is parking free during packet pickup?
Yes, if you bring 2 canned goods/non-perishables or $2. Do not feed meters, since we've already rented the beachfront parking lots (Claremont, La Verne, Granada, and the Pier parking lots) on Thanksgiving morning.
Can I change my start time or shirt size?
Yes, if the start time is not sold out, you can edit your online registration up til a few days before race day (and pay the difference owed, if any). CLICK THIS LINK TO EDIT.
What is my bib number?
We’ll help you locate your bib that will show your number when you arrive to packet pickup. Bibs will include your start time and distance you registered for.
Can we register as a group?
Yes. Every person needs to sign a liability waiver during the registration process.
Can I switch from a 5K to a 10K or vice versa?
You must start at the correct start time for the distance that you would like to run. To edit the distance on your registration CLICK THIS LINK TO EDIT. Changes after noon on Nov. 17 will not be reflected on your bib.
Can I run more than one of the start times/races without registering?
No. You must register for each start time. Pay regular price for the first one, and just $10 for each add’l start time. You will receive just one shirt/bib.
Do I have to register my child for the 5K/10K?
Yes, every participant (regardless of age; even those in strollers) should be registered for the race because of our insurance and liability regulations. Registering kids in strollers helps us with our fundraising, too. And, then your kid in the stroller will get their own personalized race bib. Babies in strollers can be registered for a lower rate using the 1/2-Mile Wingding registration.
WHAT IS THE EVENT ADDRESS?
1 Granada Ave., across the parking lot from the Belmont Pool, enter the parking lot at 1 Granada Ave., 90803. You can also park at the Belmont Pier parking lot, Claremont parking lot, or La Verne parking lot, or on 2nd Street and walk/jog to the start line.
When does the parking lot open?
We encourage you to arrive after 6:15 a.m. on race day. Parking begins after 6 a.m.
Where does the race start?
The start line is on the boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave. The parking lot will close once it become full, and will re-open as spaces become available.
Where is the best place to park on race day?
Beachfront parking lots at Granada Ave., Claremont Ave., La Verne Ave., and at the Belmont Pier only. Parking in these lots are free on Thanksgiving morning to our registrants (we've rented the lots for you). We encourage you to bring two canned goods/non-perishable items in exchange for the free parking. See parking lots on this map.
How early should I get to the starting line on race day?
We suggest being there at least 10 minutes before your start time. We expect 1,000 to 1,800 runners/walkers at each start time.
Where can spectators watch the race?
Spectators can watch from anywhere along the course. Many enjoy lining up behind the start/finish line chute.
WHAT’S ALLOWED IN THE RACE
Are baby strollers allowed in the race?
Single strollers (with babies also registered) are allowed at all start times, but we prefer they do the 10 a.m. Double strollers are NOT allowed at the 7 or 8:30 a.m. start times. Please also let faster runners pass while you are on the course. Babies in strollers can be registered for a lower rate using the 1/2-Mile Wingding registration. Our insurance and liability policies require a paid registration for every person on our race course, even babies.
Can my dog run with me?
No, we do not allow dogs on our course. It's the law and not part of our event's permit.
Are bikes, roller blades, scooters, skateboards, wagons or pets allowed on the course?
No, for safety and liability reasons, we do not allow them on our race course. Wheelchairs are allowed for those that need them.
Can I listen to headphones while participating?
We don’t recommend them. We want you alert to what is going on around you. And, you won’t be able to hear all the gobble-gobbles!
Where and when will the race results be posted?
This is a fun run, no-frills fundraising event for charity, with no timing and no race results. The charity makes a lot more money that way, without hiring a timing company.
Where is Volunteer Check-In?
Ask for the volunteer captain at the volunteer/help desk at the registration area. The area is located on the boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave.
How do I get my volunteer slip signed for school?
Please get it signed by the volunteer captain at the volunteer/help desk at the registration area.
Where do I drop off my canned good items?
When you enter the parking lot, attendants will take your 2 canned goods or your minimum $2 donation on both Wed. afternoon and again on Thurs. morning.
KIDS ½-MILE WINGDING
What are the age divisions for the Kids’ Run?
• ages 7 & younger
• ages 8-12
When and where does the Kids Wingding take place?
9:40 a.m. start for ages 8-12, followed by the 9:45 a.m. start for ages 7 and younger. Parents are welcome to run alongside their child (only if they are registered and wear their own bib). The top boy and girl at each of the two start times will receive a small prize at the finish line.
If my child registers for the 5K/10K race, can they still run in the Kids ½-Mile Wingding?
No, each child must register and have a Kids’ ½-Mile Winding bib to participate in the Kids’ ½-Mile Wingding.
Can I run with my child?
Parents may run with their children, but must also register for the Kids ½-Mile Wingding and must also wear the 1/2-Mile Wingding bib.
I’ve lost my child what do I do?
Go to the volunteer/help desk booth in the registration area. We can make an annoucement.
SHIRTS & BIBS
When/where do we pick up our official Long Beach Turkey Trot shirts and bibs?
Go to the registration area on the boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave., at the end of the parking lot, just east of the Belmont Pool on the day before Thanksgiving from 3-7 p.m., or on race morning after 6:15 a.m. Shirts must be picked up at least 30 minutes before your race begins. We do not mail shirts.
Do the race shirts come in women's and men's sizes?
Yes, women will be given women’s styled shirts. About 60% of the adult shirts will be styled for women. The youth sizes and adult 2XL and adult 3XL are unisex. NOTE: The shirts are white.
What sizes of shirts are available?
Sizes YS, YM, YL, S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL (example: YS = youth small, S = adult small)
Do you have long-sleeve shirts?
Yes, you can upgrade to a long-sleeve shirt for just $10/cash, if/while supplies are available.
Where are the restrooms?
Restrooms are located at the start/finish area at 1 Granada Ave. Also, there are public restrooms and water fountains approx. every mile along the beach bike path and on the Belmont Pier.
Are there lockers?
Do I have to pay for parking?
No. We have already paid for all beachfront parking lots on the afternoon before Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving morning. We do hope you’ll bring two cans of food or $2 (min.) to donate each day, in exchange for free parking.
I’ve lost someone (child, parent, friend) what do I do?
There will be a “volunteer/help desk” table/booth setup near the registration area/start line. Go there to let the volunteer captain there know.
Will there be refreshments ?
There will be some refreshments for registrants wearing bibs after their race that is expected to include water, Pure Protein bars, bananas, and oranges. Oranges and bananas at the finish line provided by the Long Beach Gelson's Market.
What if I need medical help at the end of the race?
The medical tent will be located just past the finish line. There will only be a first aid kit. Call 9-1-1 for an emergency.
Will there be medical help on the race course?
If you need help along the course, please contact a volunteer at the 5K or 10K turnaround station. Always call 9-1-1 for an emergency.
FREE HOLIDAY PIES
Can I have one of the 632 FREE HOLIDAY PIES you are given out at the finish line?
Basically, every 9th person will get a pumpkin or apple pie from one of the Miss Long Beach or Miss Southern California Cities titleholders as he/she crosses the finish line. No need to ask for one -- they have a secret distribution method that is strictly adhered to.
Why do you give out pies?
Frankly, we all like to eat pie! In the Greek games, a judge would stand at the finish line holding, in plain sight, the laurel leaves that would be awarded to the winner. As runners made their way down the final stretch, they were worn out, exhausted, tired, and feeling as though they couldn't go another step. But suddenly there was the prize in clear view, and a new burst of energy would kick in.
GOT ANOTHER QUESTION OR SUGGESTION?
E-mail the race director at Justin@JustinRudd.com.
We WILL award a prize, a pie, and a blue ribbon to the overall man and woman in the 5K and 10K for all three start times. And, each 2nd and 3rd place will receive a ribbon and holiday pie.
PLEASE CARPOOL OR WALK TO THE START LINE
We encourage locals to walk, take the bus or ride bikes. We'll have lots of available bike racks. Long Beach Transit uses a "Sunday" schedule on Thanksgiving Day.
Awesome T-shirts to all runners and walkers (not guaranteed to late registrants). And, 632 holiday pies to random finishers! Oranges and bananas at the finish line provided by the Long Beach Gelson's Market.
1/2-MILE, 5K & 10K COURSES
The Start & Finish lines and free parking are beachfront at 1 Granada Ave. in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, just east of the Belmont Pool. The flat “out-and-back” course, which heads toward the Queen Mary and downtown Long Beach, is along the very flat, scenic beach bike path. The turn-around for the 5K course is near the Junipero Ave. parking lot. The turn-around for the 10K course is near Shoreline Village at Gangway V, just past the Shoreline Yacht Club. COURSE MAP
YOU CAN: DO 2 OR 3 RACES
Yes, it's possible to run at 7, 8:30 AND 10. It's just regular price for the first start time, and $10 for each additional start time. Pay with cash or check at packet pickup.
Justin Rudd and his 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT); Councilman Suzie Price's office; Grunion Gazette.
CHICKEN CHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP
Spare the turkey! It's free to throw the chicken. Before and after the Turkey Trot, participants will take turns using their body (no machines) hurling a rubber chicken across the beach. See how many feet the farthest fowl will fly. Canned good donations accepted for local food bank. This free-to-enter contest takes place near the start/finish line -- on the beach. It goes on all morning. Be sure to enter -- and don't be a chicken!
Be a vendor. Info at very bottom of this page.
SHARE THE BIKE PATH
The bike path will remain open to the public during our event. Be cautious and considerate of all users. We do not have exclusive use of the bike path for this event.
Will be located on the course. No other mile markers provided.
We will gladly accommodate those in wheelchairs and other handicapped athletes.
5K Male - 10 a.m. start time
1st, Austin Graham, Long Beach, 16:30
2nd, Michael Lucero, Santa Ana, 17:05
3rd, Joel Perez, Long Beach, 17:26
5K Female - 10 a.m. start time
1st, Vivien Hyman, Huntington Beach, 22:35
2nd, Jessica Dixon, Riverside, 22:50
3rd, Katy Moriwaki, Rossmoor, 25:00
10K Male - 9 a.m. start time
1st, John Walker, Long Beach, 35:10
2nd, Alan Grant, Long Beach, 35:20
3rd, Eric Riehl, Long Beach, 35:40
10K Female - 9 a.m. start time
1st, #1043, 39:43
2nd, Helen Tompkins, Houston, TX, 41:00
3rd, Stesha Carle, Long Beach, 41:05
5K Male - 10 a.m. start time
1st, Sean Graham, Long Beach, 15:35
2nd, Donaldo Cooper, Paramount, 17:07
3rd, Edwin Rodriquez, Lakewood, 17:55
5K Female - 10 a.m. start time
1st, Vivien Wadeck, Huntington Beach, 18:20
2nd, Olivia Gleason, 20:52
3rd, Katlin Richard, Long Beach, 22:00
10K Male - 9 a.m. start time
1st, Alan Grant, Long Beach, 35:17
2nd, Marty Conrad, Long Beach, 38:00
3rd, James Butler, Boulder, CO 38:30
10K Female - 9 a.m. start time
1st, Christine Loza, Pasadena, 41:00
2nd, Tegan Brown, Hollywood, 41:05
3rd, Yvette Jenkins, Costa Mesa, 44:50
1/2-Mile Winding Boy, 7 & under
1st, Marcos Tavarez, 8, Norwalk
3rd, Daniel Gates, Long Beach
1/2-Mile Wingding Girl, 7 & under
1st, Celeste Ramirez, Long Beach
2nd, Shaila Ramos, Upland
3rd, Tessa Link, Sacramento
1/2-Mile Winding Boy, 8-12
1st, Caleb Wilkins, 11, Long Beach
2nd, Trevor Tuck, 12
3rd, Scott Kirchhoff, 9
NOTES TO VENDORS/RESCUES
- READ all info below BEFORE YOU MAKE PAYMENT. Glad you will be joining us. The Web page (seen above) is http://www.TurkeyTrot.us. We also have a fan page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LongBeachTurkeyTrot
- Add $25 late fee after Nov. 1. Choose it from the drop-down menu above, and add it to your cart.
- We expect 5,000+ runners/walkers on Thanksgiving.
- Setup can begin at 5:45 a.m.
- Run/walk start times are 7, 8:30 (sold out) and 10 a.m.
- The vendor fair is 6:20-11:20 a.m.
- We provide free parking if you bring 2 canned goods to donate to the food bank. Please carpool. Or, street parking is free.
- We do not allow anyone to hand out anything from outside their vendor space. No fliers on cars and no walking around the expo/venue passing out fliers.
- Setup is on sand, typically along the concrete boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave., east of the Belmont Pool
- Vendors must stay within their 10x10 space. You are NOT allowed to stand on the sidewalk in front of your space. All handouts must be done from within your booth space.
- Each space is 10x10, no electricity available, no generators accepted (except those approved before payment).
- Spaces do NOT include canopy, table, chairs. You can rent them from us at least 24 hours advance (as supply lasts): table/tent for $100; 2 chairs for $10.
- Rain or shine.
- Please provide a fire extinguisher at your booth, if you have a canopy.
- Bring snacks and drinks if you want them. Finish line snacks are for the runners/walkers
- We can only accept the first 60 vendors/rescues who make payment. Last year we had about 15 vendors.
- We accept Paypal or check.
- CLICK ABOVE TO PAY ONLINE, or mail check to "Turkey Trot" 5209 E. The Toledo #1, Long Beach, 90803.
- When you arrive on Thanksgiving Day, after 5:45 a.m., check in at the registration tent for your assignment. You'll find your space assignment then. Make sure you bring your Long Beach business license or special event permit if you are selling anything (this is different from your seller's permit; details below).
- Some food and drink (without special permission from Justin Rudd) vendors accepted, and no human food/drink sampling (without prior written permission, Justin@JustinRudd.com).
- ABSOLUTELY no refunds or transfers.
- Vendors that are selling anything will need a special event permit that costs $47.67, or, bring copy of your Long Beach business license. Click here for the special event vendor application. Direct all licensing questions to 562/570-6211. NOTE: Nonprofits can apply for a free event vendor application from the business license office.
- We do not guarantee placement.
- Spaces are typically assigned as payment is received. Those paying the $150 rate will be guaranteed the best spaces.
- Rescues should bring water dishes for their pets.
- Max. of 6 animals per 10x10 space.
- We encourage vendors to have an "event special" that is a specially-priced item(s) just for shoppers that day.