Race Info


Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020

Location:  Irvine Valley College

5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

1 Mile Turkey Dash Starts:  7:30am

Turkey Feast Combo:  Starts:  7:30am

5k Race Starts: 8am

Kids Gobble Wobble Races Starts:  9:15 am


Packet Pick up:  Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Time:  12pm-5pm

Location:  Road Runner Sports Laguna Hills

24291 Avenida De La Carlotta, Laguna Hills CA 92653

All participants who attend Packet Pick up will receive special discounts at Road Runner Sports! Gear up and holiday shop early for the best savings!



Online registration closes:   Monday, November 25, at 10am.

Late registration:

12 pm to 6 pm at Packet Pick up on Wed. November 27 or

Race Day morning at IVC from 6:16 am to 7:45 am.


Race Day Line Up

Packet pick up and late registration:  6:15 am to 20 prior you race start.  Come early! 

Race Expo:  6:15 am to 11:00 am


Stage 1 mile paritcipants:  7:15

Pre Race Warm up:  7:20.  Right before the 1 mile starts

National Anthem:  7:25 am

1 Mile Race Starts:  7:30

Turkey Feast Combo participants start their race series with the 1 mile race 7:30.


Stage 5k Runners in Corrals:  7:40 to 7:55

5k Race Starts:  8am


Kids Gobble Wobble line up:  9:10 am

Kids Races start per age division every 10 min.


We're proud to host the 7th Annual OC Turkey Trot and invite you to join us for this wonderful holiday tradition.  Join us as we start Thanksgiving Day with thousands of enthusiastic Turkey Trotters at Irvine Valley College.  We combine the home town community feel with world class staging to bring you a memorable event to share with friends and family.   Please plan to arrive early to enjoy all the festivities.  We'll have a fun themed selfie booth with surprise giveaways throughout the morning.  Mingle in our mini expo with vendors offering the latest products and services.  We'll have a food truck providing coffee and snacks for purchase starting at 6:15 am.  The free refreshment area for race participants will open at 8:15am.   Join our top local personal trainers and shake out any race jitters you have with our special pre race warm up at 7:30am. 


Parking Permits:  $5 per car availeble for purchase online.  You can pay and pick up on Wed at Packet Pick up or on WALK UP on race day.  We are not pemitted to do curbside distribution as we've done in the past.  Any passes no tpicked up on Wed must be done IN expo area at registration.  You'll have to park first and return to your car to put pass visible on the dash so plan accordingly.  All lots are close enough to get back to from expo w/ a short few minutes and make or a nice warm up! 


Race Start: 

The 1 Mile Starts at 7:30. It's an out and back flat course.

The Turkey Feast Combo starts at 7:30 with the 1 mile race

The 5k race starts at 8am with our elite runners in wave 1.   

All other waves will start 1 min apart.  This process creates a safer flow of traffic and a better experience for all runners.  Don't worry if you've never seen a wave start.  It goes really fast and our race staff will be staggered throughout the staging area with clearly marked "corral" signs to ensure you're in the right area.  Each corral will get an official count down to start.  Your timing chip will activate when you "cross" the startline so don't worry about starting later.  Your timing will be accurate.  Please be sure to run "through the blow up arch" and not around it to ensusre proper chip activation.


Chip Timing:  Timing will be proviced by premier Itz About time:  Results will be posted after the race on site by 9am in the expo area.  Online results wlll be posted no later then 2pm.  Timing STARTS when you cross the start line and you MUST cross under the arch and over the timing mats so if you're further back in the pack do not have to worry about losing any time. Do not go around the arch or your time may not register properly.


Awards:  Trophies to top three overall fnishers for men and women.

Age division awards 3 deep in each age division category:

1-10, 11-14, 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 and over.


Corrals:  The first "corral" of runners will be those who can pace a 5-6 minute mile the entire way.   The second wave will be 7-8 minute mile runners, then 9-10 minute runners, 11-12 minute group and the holiday walker division.  All families with strollers, or kids with tricycles or scooters will line up lastly in the back for the safety of all participants.  (Anyone on wheels must wear protective helmets). 


Mini Expo:  We will host an expo with vendors at the race start.   We invite you to learn about new products and services and bring some extra cash for purchases.   If you'd like to be a  part of the expo or have sponsorship interest, please send us your info through our Contact Us page. We welcome all collaboration.


Selfie Booth:  Visit our selfie booth with all the holiday trimmings and take advantage of the holiday props!  This is sure to get you into Thanksgiving mode!  We'll have volunteers available to take the perfect pictures for you.


Course Officials:  You'll see 2 Course Officials on bikes to support you along the route.  Flag them down for assistance.  One official will lead the starting pack and one will join the back of the pack.  Both will circulate the campus until the last participant finishes.  A First Aid station and EMT will also be on site.  The time limit to finish is a generous 2 hours so take your time and enjoy the scenery!


Water Station:  Ample hydration is available at the water station located midway through the course.   Refreshments for everyone are provided at the finish.  The course is an out and back loop.  It starts and ends in the same location. 


Runner Etiquette:  We ask that you stay on the "right" side of the road, to accomodate the two way traffic of runners.  If you're pushing a stroller, or rolling on wheels, like a tricycle, scooter or hoover board, please line up in the back of the pack and ride with caution.  Runners and walkers have the right of way.  Large groups of people make for great company on the course but be mindful not to create a human wall too wide that others can pass our go around.


Packet Pick Up:  Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Location:  Road Runner Sports:  24291 Avenida De La Carlotta, Laguna Hills CA 92653

Hours:  12 pm to 5 pm

We highly recommend attending this event to pick up your race swag and avoid the lines on race day.  You can also pre purchase your $5 Parking Pass.  Remember to leave it visible on the drivers side of the dash.  All participants attending Packet Pick up will receive 10% off all purchases at Road Runner Sports, Laguna Hills Store exclusively.  VIP members of Road Runner will receive 20% off.

Packets for friends and family can be picked up by others with written consent from the registered runner who can't make it.  

Alternate packet pick up is race day morning at Irvine Valley College from 6:15 am to 7:45am.  Please arrive as early for a smooth race day experience.  This is the busiest race day of the year!


Online Registration:   TBA Please sign up early to ensure shirt size.

Late Registration:  Available at Packet Pick up and Race day  at IVC.  Please bring cash to expedite  process.


Parking:  There is parking pass fee of $5 to IVC.  You can pick up a parking pass the day prior at Packet Pick up or pay at walk up registration in expo area on race day.  If you purchase race day plan on arriving early so you have time to return to your car with the pass you pick up.  WE WILL NOT HAVE CURBSIDE PASS PURCHASE as we had in the past.  We aren't allowed to offer that option.  You have to park first and walk up to purchase.  Plan on carpooling to save a few bucks.  Please bring cash to expedite the process.  We will have parking attendants issueing passes as your enter the campus.  There is ample parking surrounding the campus and the race staging area is located in front of the performing arts bldg at the first entrance along the Jeffery Road.   We highly suggest entering along Jeffery Road.   The entrance along Irivne Center Drive will only be open for over flow and IVC Police will promptly close it at 7:30am to stage the race.  If you arrive after 7:30 you can only enter off JEFFREY's at the SECOND entrance.  Come early to ensure an easy race start.



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