Registration is open for the 9th Annual Frisco Turkey Day 5k, held on Thanksgiving Day; Thursday, November 24, 2022, at 9:30am. Frisco’s Turkey Day 5k, presented by The Steadman Clinic and Philippon Research Institute, is open to all ages, and historically draws over 1,000 costume-clad participants.
“We welcome everyone to join us in celebrating Thanksgiving with friends, family, and the Frisco community with this fun run before sitting down for a big meal. We’re here for the costumes, the comradery, and the fresh air, regardless of what weather we get,” says Grant McKay, Town of Frisco recreation programs coordinator.
The Course and Street Closures
The race begins and ends at the old community center at 3rd Avenue and Granite Street, and will take place rain, snow, or shine, on Town of Frisco and County side streets, which generally see less traffic than the downtown area, as well as on the Summit County Recreation Path. Streets will remain open during the race, but there will be marshals on course to assist runners, and the route includes:
- South 3rd Ave (closed to vehicles between Granite and Teller Streets from 6:00am – noon)
- Pitkin Street
- Stellar Jay Road, Bobwhite Way, and County Rd 1000 (outside of Frisco Town limits)
- South 7th Ave
- Temple Trail, which is also part of the Summit County RecPath system
- 2nd Ave, before returning to Pitkin Street
The Town is encouraging motorists to drive extra cautiously if they cannot avoid these areas between 9:30 and 11:00am.
Weather and Conditions
Portions of the course will potentially include surfaces with packed snow and/or ice, and the event will take place snow or shine. The route includes many Frisco side streets, in order to avoid potentially deep snowy conditions on parts of the recreation path. Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome, but snow on the route may make pushing a stroller challenging. Participants should dress in layers and be prepared for winter running conditions.
Registration and Packet Pickup
Pre-registration is highly encouraged and will close at noon on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, as the event is likely to sell out. If there are still spaces available, day-of registration will be available, from 3:00 -7:00pm on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 and from 8:00 – 9:00am on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at the old Community Center (110 S. 3rd Ave). Participants may visit FriscoTurkey5k.com to register. Registration fees are $25 for adults (18+), $15 for youth (6-17 years old), and free for kids ages five and under.
Runners are encouraged to pick up their packet the evening before from 3:00 – 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 23, and packet pick up will also be available from 8:00- 9:00am on Thursday, November 24 at the Old Community Center. Runners will receive their race bib and commemorative Turkey Day 5k t-shirt at this time. All participants must complete a waiver in order to receive their racer packet. Anyone picking up someone else’s bib in addition to theirs, must also have them print and sign the waiver in order to be able to pick up their bib.
The post–race party will be held at the Old Community Center (110 S. 3rd Ave) and will feature treats and a chance to win prizes.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Frisco Elementary School’s S.T.E.M. program. In 2021, this event raised $6,530 for the program. All participants are also encouraged to make a non-perishable food donation at the event. Donations will benefit the Family & Intercultural Resource Center of Summit County.
The Turkey Day 5k needs many volunteers to assist with day of registration and course marshaling.
Questions about this event and volunteer signup should be emailed to Recreation@TownofFrisco.com.