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Trot 2017 – Register Now

Register now for the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot, Austin’s beloved Thanksgiving tradition benefiting Caritas of Austin.

Not only are we the largest five mile run in Texas, we also offer a one mile walk and Kids K. We have a course for every member of the family!

Remember to check out the Turkey Trot Raffle and enter for your chance to win a brand new Honda Accord courtesy of First Texas Honda.

Over 850 participants donated or fundraised nearly $22,000 in last year’s Fundraising Challenge! We need your help again this year to build on that success and help us reach our goal of raising $30,000.  Your donations and fundraising efforts have a direct impact on our local community.

Register for a run/walk, purchase raffle tickets, or participate in the Fundraising Challenge; no matter what you do, you are helping enable Caritas of Austin to support people on their journey out of crisis toward self-sufficiency through housing, food, education, and employment services.

Last year we were able to present Caritas with a check for $330,000 and have raised over $3.1 million dollars over the last 26 years.  Together we can make our 27th year our most successful year yet!


Each year, we rely on the help of more than 650 volunteers to make packet pickup and Thanksgiving Day logistics possible for this event. Volunteer opportunities include packet pickup at First Texas Honda, event day registration at the Long Center, and clean-up after the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is finished.

This is a great opportunity for both individuals and groups looking to help this holiday season.

Click here to sign up to volunteer



Caritas of Austin believes that when every person has a stable place to call home, they can reach their full potential and contribute to our community. We build well being by making sure that people have a safe home, access to healthy groceries, jobs that provide a reliable living wage, and educational opportunities to learn life skills. Our innovative, personalized and proven approach to building well being and ending homelessness creates a more vibrant Austin for everyone.


Caritas’ mission is to prevent and end homelessness for people in Greater Austin.


Each person Caritas serves shares the devastating experience of homelessness. Some people have lived on the streets of Austin for years, while others are more hidden, living in their car or other temporary shelter. Refugees are internationally homeless – literally running for their lives when they are abruptly forced to flee their home. With everyone, our work begins with homelessness, but we ensure that homelessness does not define people’s futures.


Last year, with community support, Caritas:

  • Provided 378 households with housing services
  • Resettled 631 refugees from 16 countries
  • Placed 626 people in jobs
  • Served 78,055 healthy lunches
  • Offered life skills classes to 830 people
  • Served 101 veteran families
  • Provided 33,315 meals from the Caritas Pantry

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Recent Turkey Trot News

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot Art Contest opens; deadline Nov. 27

Imagine free ThunderCloud subs all year long, and treating your friends and family to sub sandwich parties! Three hundred and sixty-five subs are the grand prize for the winner of the 2018 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot Art Contest. Artists ranging from graphic designers to middle school students compete each year to create the iconic Trot  Read more

Iram and Kiana run their first and last stroller race at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

“They say it’s not happy people who are thankful. It’s thankful people who are happy. This is perhaps why there are no days, no holidays for sure, that I’m more grateful for than Thanksgiving,” says Iram J. Leon. Iram, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2010, is perhaps one of the most inspirational and well-known members of the Austin running community. He  Read more

Meet our 2017 Art Contest winner: Jillian Collins!

Jillian eating a ThunderCloud sub under a thundercloud… Oh, the irony! Jillian’s winning design for the 2017 Trot! Congratulations to the winner of the 2017 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot Art Contest! Austin resident Jillian Collins won 365 vouchers for free ThunderCloud sandwiches for her watercolor painting depicting a turkey running in front of the Texas  Read more