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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!


For over 50 years, Caritas of Austin has been a turning point in people’s lives. Each year Caritas serves thousands of families and individuals who do not have a stable place to call home. Through comprehensive, relationship-based services, Caritas of Austin turns crisis into stability and empowers people toward the life they want. Caritas believes that a thriving community derives its strength from providing all members the opportunity to be self-reliant.


Caritas of Austin provides a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency.


Caritas envisions a community where there is respect for all individuals, hope for those experiencing poverty and opportunities for self-reliance.


Caritas’ clients include households of all sizes; many of whom are veterans, refugees, women and children. They all share a common reality: they do not have a stable place to call home. Some have experienced homelessness for years and others have just found themselves without a place to call home. Caritas believes that people lack not the motivation to improve their life, but the opportunity to do so. Caritas helps people restore stability in their lives so people can pursue their life goals.


Caritas of Austin believes in a “housing-first approach” in their efforts to end homelessness. They know that people must first secure a stable living situation before they can address other areas of crisis in their lives. Once clients establish stable housing, they can focus on opportunities for employment, education, food, physical and mental health services and building a network of support. Caritas of Austin’s professional staff members facilitate this comprehensive approach; which is evidence-based and effective in helping people achieve self-sufficiency.


Caritas of Austin measures success in terms of lasting stability. The goal is for clients to restore stability and help them reach their goals and aspirations.

Additionally, this year Caritas of Austin will:

• Serve 80,000 meals in our Community Kitchen

• Provide enough take-home groceries for 45,000 meals for hungry families

• Help 550 individuals find employment

• Offer 1,000 education classes on topics like money management, cultural orientation, life skills, and workforce development

• Resettle 550 international refugees in their transition to life in the United States

The entire community benefits from Caritas of Austin’s services. A strong community is one where every person and family has the opportunity to be self-reliant.

 2016 Turkey Trot Sponsors

First Texas HondaPepsiKvueStepping Stone SchoolVirginia CollegeThe Long CenterThe New World BakerySelect BankcardOutdoor VoicesQuik PrintCapstone Title LLCYETI
Texas Coffee TradersJenny-OWells FargoDr. PepperPlains Capital BankElectric Transmission TexasComerica BankCompass LearningSyscoSegoviaAlamo DrafthouseDiscount ElectronicsMellow Johnny'sAlori PropertiesLCRA EmployeesCrane Insurance AgencyTown Lake Lyncs

Recent Turkey Trot News

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

Register now for the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot!

Early bird registration for the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is now open with reduced pricing! Click here to register now. Early registration for the Trot is $20 for the untimed five-mile, $25 for the timed five-mile, $18 for the one-mile walk, and $8 for the Stepping Stone School Kids’ K. All registrations include a T-shirt  Read more

2016 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot raises $330K for Caritas!

Click here to watch our 2016 Trot recap video The owners of ThunderCloud Subs presented Caritas of Austin, a local nonprofit that supports Austin’s working poor and homeless, with a check for $330,000, the proceeds raised at the 26th annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving Day. This is the second largest donation to Caritas  Read more