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Five Star Early Bird Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K, 10K, 15K, & Half Marathon

Gobble Gobble...It's Turkey Trot Time!

This is the EARLY BIRD RACE...Saturday 11/17/2018 in Kennesaw.

Two weeks before Thanksgiving in 2011 we decided that we wanted to give back to all the participants who came out to race with us over the course of the year. Thanksgiving morning seemed to be the perfect time, and giving them a FREE race would be the perfect way to say thanks. We're continuing that tradition...If you've crossed under our finish line in any race from Dec. 1, 2017 - Nov. 17, 2018 you've earned yourself a FREE spot in any of the Turkey Trot races.

BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR...THE Early Bird Race.  Everything will be the same...but we're letting you race on Saturday November 17 in Marietta/Kennesaw if you want to.


If you haven't crossed under our finish line this year...that's OK too...You can still come out and join's just $17.

Entry Fees & Registration

We have a number of distances to choose from:

  • 5K
  • 10K
  • 15K
  • Half Marathon


All the events are $17.

 **Race day registration is $20

If you've raced with us between 12/1/2017 - 11/17/2018 then your entry fee is FREE.

New for 2018

We've spent a lot of time looking at every aspect of the event, and we've made some changes to make everything run even better.


  1. Additional Early Bird Races on November 17 in Marietta/Kennesaw
  2. Easy Options for registration...Choose what you want to take home.
  3. Expanded Early Packet Pickup...more locations closer to you.
  4. Bib Mail out can have your bib mailed to you.
  5. MORE electronic race day registration...everyone is put into the timing software as they register.
  6. Additional addition to a long sleeve tech OR cotton can take home a short sleeve shirt, a hoodie, a hat, etc.
  7. Start/Finish and course modification.  We're going to be in the same area, but we'll be set up a little different so we'll be a little thinner.
  8. We'll be counting and timing your laps.

Packet Pickup

We have several Bib/Packet pickup options available for you.

1.  Bib Mail Out...for $2 you can have your bib mailed straight to your front door.  We'll be sending them out on Monday of race week, and you can sleep in a few extra minutes on race morning...just show up with enough time to get in the start coral.  Once you finish, you can pick up your shirt and any goodies that might also be included.


2.  Early Packet pickup: There will be two locations for Early Packet Pickup:

Locations & Times TBD


3.  Race Day Pickup...Check in opens at 6:30 am on race morning.  Be sure to arrive closer to 7:00 am than 8:00 am.  We'll get you your bib, and then after you cross the finish line you can get your shirt and any goodies.


Event Beneficiary

Blessings in a Backup is our primary beneficiary for the event.  In addition to monetary donations we will be collecting non-perishable food items at the Early Bird Turkey Trot. Please bring your food drive donations on Nov. 17 only between 6:30 am -7:45 am.


Finisher Awards...

Yes...we'll have finisher awards, and you'll be able to get one it you want one.

Overall Awards

Each race (5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon) will have awards for the Top 3 finishers M/F and the Top 3 Masters Finishers M/F.  These awards will be based on Gun Time.

Age Group Awards

Each race will have awards to the top 3 in each of the normal 5 year age groups (10 & under - 75+).  These awards will be based on Chip Time.

Finish Line & Awards Ceremony

We'll have plenty of goodies to start your day off right. We're even working on getting some vendors to come out if you want to do some early shopping. As for the awards ceremony, it's Thanksgiving weekend, and in the interest of time, we'll be doing awards as follows.


Overalls -- 8:45 am

Age Groups -- 9:15 am


Overalls -- 9:00 am

Age Groups -- 9:30 am


 Overalls -- 9:25 am

 Age Groups -- 9:45 am

Half Marathon

 Overalls -- 10:00 am

 Age Groups -- 10:30 am

Course & Pacing

It's a great course...The course is flat!...but it's North Georgia, so NOTHING is completely flat. 

It's a 5K loop, so if you're running with your friends who want to run further, you'll be able to run together for the first part, and they'll take off and finish up on their own.

The further you go, the more loops you'll do. We'll have loads of entertainment along the way, so you won't event realize it's multiple laps. You'll need to finish in 3 hours (we'll keep the clock going till the last finisher comes in, but the police & aid stations will be leaving). That's a 13:45 avg pace.

Shirts & Goodies

We'll have Long sleeve tech shirts ($15), Long sleeve cotton ($15), and we'll be getting hoodies ($20) too this year.  Just pick out what you want, and we'll get you squared away.

Groups & Teams

Grab your buddies, co-workers, family, or random strangers and put a team together. You'll get a discount & a chance to get some great pictures if you all dress the same.


10+...Saves 10%

20+...Saves 15%

50+...Saves 25%


There's loads of benefits when you come out with a group...

One of which is the Team Check In Box


When you join a team you'll have the option to have your bib, shirt, and any other goodies put into a team box.  The first member just picks up the box, and hands everything out to all the participants.  No lines!  It's quick & easy.

Event Cap

It is our goal to NOT put an event cap in place...however, about 1 month prior we will need to order finisher medals. At that point, we will not be able to guarantee finisher awards to registrations coming afterwards. SO...Register early.

Five Star Championships

This is one of the last chances to earn a spot in the 5K/10K championships, and it's a big group that will earn spots.  Check out for a complete explanation as to how the spots are allocated.

Event Courtesy Policy

Our events are designed to be fun and for the entire family. With that in mind any competitor, spectator, parent, volunteer, or sponsor, exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct or interfering with the positive, competitive atmosphere of the event will be asked to leave the venue and course immediately with no refunds.


All registrations are final.  There are no refunds, transfers, or deferrals.

Event Schedule

  • November 11 11:59 PM EST - Registration deadline for guaranteed shirt

  • November 17 6:30 AM EST - Race Day Check In & Registration Opens

  • November 17 8:00 AM EST - All Races Start

Contact Information

Event Location

200 Chastain Meadows Court, Kennesaw, GA, United States

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