BakerRipley Houston Turkey TrotFrequently Asked Questions

Have a question about the BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot? Need an answer about your parking, race time, event schedule, registration, sponsorship, or after-party? You’ll find all of the Turkey Trot information you need in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Parking and Road Closure Info
Where can I park?
There will be free parking available for BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot participants. Please use one of the following lots:

  • Container Store parking lot (Post Oak and Westheimer)
  • Galleria orange parking garage (West Alabama and McCue)
  • Galleria Red Lot
  • Galleria Green Lot
  • Best Buy parking lot (Post Oak and Richmond)
When and where will roads be shut down?
Road closures are as follows:

Thursday, November 28th beginning at 12 am:
Post Oak Blvd. southbound will be closed between Westheimer and W. Alabama
McCue and Westheimer eastbound
Westheimer and Guilford Ct. southbound
Westheimer at Post Oak westbound
Westheimer at Sage eastbound

The closure will remain in place until 11:30 am In addition, the Hidalgo ramp off of 610 will be closed at 5 am on Thursday, November 28th until 11:30 am

Thursday, November 28th – beginning at 5 am
Post Oak southbound from W. Alabama to Richmond will close
Post Oak northbound from Richmond to W. Alabama will close

All other road closures are multiple-lane closures where vehicles are limited to single lane one-way or single lane two-way traffic. Traffic will be worked across the flow of runners/walkers. Roads will open on a rolling basis.

General Race Day Questions
How long is the Kids Run course? Do I have to register for the Kids Run if I accompany my child?
It is approximately 0.6 miles (1K) and is not timed. Parents do not need to register for the Kids Run to accompany their registered child on the course. All children participating in this race must be registered.
What is the line-up? Where do participants stage?
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.

What is the route this year?
Is the Houston Turkey Trot USATF-certified?
Is there a time limit to finish?
Yes. Streets will re-open to traffic between 10:30am and 11:00am
What awards are given to winners of each race?
Awards will be distributed on Race Day as follows:
1st – 3rd overall male and female 5K & 10K winners
1st – 3rd masters male and female 5K & 10K winners
1st – 3rd 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, Facebook, and Twitter.

Will there be a bag drop area on Race Day?
For safety reasons, there is no bag drop area.
Is there assistance available if I can’t do the whole course?
Yes, ask a volunteer or an officer for help if needed. We also have water stops and restrooms located on the course.
I just found out I can’t attend the race. Do you give refunds for registration?
If you can’t participate in the BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot, we will consider your race fee a donation to BakerRipley. No refunds will be issued.
What if it rains? Will you still have the Houston Turkey Trot?
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.
Can I bring my dog?
No pets are allowed on the course.
Is skating or cycling allowed?
Rollerblades, Heelys, roller skates, scooters, bicycles and trekking poles are not allowed.
Are baby strollers allowed?
Yes, but please line up at the back of the pack for everyone’s safety.
Registration and Packet Pickup Info
How do I register for the Houston Turkey Trot?
What is the cost of registering for the Houston Turkey Trot?
Check the registration page for the current race pricing.

Prices will go up as we get closer to race day so register early!

Please register for the race by clicking here. Prices are subject to change.

Where and When is Packet Pickup?
Packet Pickup will be at Sun and Ski Sports. Address is 6100 Westheimer Rd #126, Houston, TX 77057.

Saturday, 11/23: 10am-6pm
Sunday, 11/24: 12pm-5pm
Monday, 11/25: 10am-7pm
Tuesday, 11/26: 10am-7pm
Wednesday, 11/27: 10am-7pm

Can someone else pick up my packet?
Yes. They will need the participant’s name and registration confirmation code.

Packets may also be picked up on race day at 4925 Westheimer Rd. in the Dillard’s parking lot beginning at 6:00 am.

Who does the Houston Turkey Trot support?
BakerRipley. By supporting the Houston Turkey Trot, you impact the lives of nearly 600,000 people BakerRipley serves each year. To learn more about BakerRipley click here.
What portion of my entry fee is tax-deductible?
Race registration fees are not tax-deductible. However, donations are fully tax-deductible.
If I miss the Houston Turkey Trot, will you mail me my t-shirt and medal?
Neither t-shirts nor medals can be mailed.
Bib and Timing Chip Info
Do Timing chips cost extra?
Timing chips cost $5 and are included in the timed race registration fees.
Will timing chips be distributed to participants who register on race day?
Yes. Registration for timed races will end 15 minutes before the start time.
Can I use my own chip for timing and is there an extra fee for timing chips?
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.