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Q: How long is the Kids Run course? Do I have to register for the Kids Run if I accompany my child?
A: It is approximately 0.6 miles (1K) and is not timed. Parents or Guardians may accompany their children on the kids’ course for free.
Q: What is the line-up? Where do participants stage?
A: Race line-up is as follows (times subject to change):
7:30 am 10K Start (timed and untimed)
8:00 am 5K Start (timed and untimed)
9:00 am Kids Run
Participants are to line up at the starting line based on their individual pace time. For the safety of all participants, all walkers and strollers must line up at the end of the pack to minimize congestion at the start of the races.
Q: What is the route this year?
A: The 2018 course map will be available soon.
Q: Is the Houston Turkey Trot USATF-sanctioned?
Q: Is there a time limit to finish?
A: Yes. Streets will re-open to traffic between 10:30am and 11:00am
Q: What awards are given to winners of each race?
A: Awards will be distributed on Race Day as follows:
First Overall Male and Female 5K & 10K winners
First Masters Male and Female 5K & 10K winners
The top male and female 5K & 10K winners in each category: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.
You must wear your bib and timing chip to be eligible for an award.
All participants wearing a race bib will receive a medal at the finish line. All overall awards can be picked up at the awards tent in the post-race area after the race.
Please look for more information about the race in November via HoustonTurkeyTrot.org, Facebook, and Twitter.
Q: Will there be a bag drop area on Race Day?
A: For safety reasons, there is no bag drop area.
Q: Is there assistance available if I can’t do the whole course?
A: Yes, ask a volunteer or an officer for help if needed. We also have water stops and restrooms located on the course.
Q: I just found out I can’t attend the race. Do you give refunds for registration?
A: If you can’t participate in the BakerRipley Turkey Trot, we will consider your race fee a donation to BakerRipley. No refunds will be issued.
Q: What if it rains? Will you still have the BakerRipley Turkey Trot?
A: Yes. However, if weather conditions threaten the safety of participants, the race may be canceled, and your entry fee considered a donation to BakerRipley. No refunds will be issued.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: No pets are allowed on the course.
Q: Is skating or cycling allowed?
A: Rollerblades, Heelys, roller skates, scooters, bicycles and trekking poles are not allowed.
Q: Are baby strollers allowed?
A: Yes, but please line up at the back of the pack for everyone’s safety.
Q: How do I register for the BakerRipley Turkey Trot?
A: You can register online here until November 21.
Q: What is the cost of registering for the Houston Turkey Trot?
A: December 12 – January 31 – Untimed 5K/10K is $15, Timed 5K/10K is $20, kids race (12 and under) and un-timed seniors (70+ on race day) is $15
Prices will go up throughout the year so register early!
Please register for the race by clicking here. Prices are subject to change.
Q: Where and when do I pick up my packet?
A: Packet Pickup details for 2018 are coming soon!
Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?
A: Yes. They will need the participant’s name and registration confirmation code so that they can look up your bib number upon arrival.
Q: Who does the BakerRipley Turkey Trot support?
A: BakerRipley, formerly Neighborhood Centers. By supporting the BakerRipley Turkey Trot, you impact the lives of more than half-a-million people BakerRipley serves each year. To learn more about BakerRipley click here.
Q: Is there an extra fee to register online?
Q: What portion of my entry fee is tax-deductible?
A: Race registration fees are not tax-deductible. However, donations and “round-ups” are fully tax-deductible.
Q: If I miss the BakerRipley Turkey Trot, will you mail me my t-shirt and medal?
A: Neither t-shirts nor medals can be mailed.
Q: Do Timing chips cost extra?
A: Timing chips cost $5 and are included in the timed race registration fees.
Q: Will timing chips be distributed to participants who register on race day?
Q: Can I use my own chip for timing and is there an extra fee for timing chips?
A: No, a timing tag will be attached to your race bib and timing chips cost $5 but the cost is included in the timed race registration fees.
All course and parking information is pending finalization for 2018. Please check back soon for details.