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Join us on Thanksgiving Morning
November 22, 2018 – Rain or Shine!


About Caritas of Austin

Caritas of Austin, the Trot’s beneficiary for the last 27 years, believes that when every person has a stable place to call home, they can realize their full potential and contribute to our community. Caritas builds 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.

All of us need a sturdy foundation and layers of support in our lives to thrive; that’s what creates a strong community. Caritas’ innovative, personalized and proven approach to building well being and ending homelessness creates a more vibrant Austin for everyone.

Learn more about Caritas of Austin, and how they are working to prevent and end homelessness for people in Greater Austin.


Review the following event information and our F.A.Q. first.  If you still can’t find an answer, feel free to ask us a question, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


Thanksgiving Morning – November 22, 2018 – Rain or Shine!

Kids K 8:45 AM
Timed 5 Mile 9:30 AM
Untimed 5 Mile 9:35 AM
1 Mile Walk/Run 9:50 AM


The Long Center, Austin TX

Registration Fees

Registration Types Untimed 5-mile Timed 5-Mile 1-Mile Walk Stepping Stone Kids’ K
Through Oct 10 $22 $27 $20 $10
Oct 11 thru Nov 9 $27 $32 $22 $12
Nov 10 thru Nov 21 $32 $37 $27 $12
Thanksgiving Day $38 $43 $33 $13

Packet Pickup 

Packets can be picked up at either First Texas Honda in North Austin or at the YETI Flagship store in downtown Austin.  Below are the pickup dates and times. 

Date First Texas Honda YETI Flagship
Sat Nov 17 10a – 7p 10a – 7p
Sun Nov 18 10a – 3p 10a – 7p
Mon Nov 19 10a – 7p 10a – 7p
Tues Nov 20 10a – 7p 10a – 7p
Wed Nov 21 10a – 3p 10a – 6p

Packets can also be picked up on Thanksgiving morning on the H-E-B Terrace at The Long Center between 7a and 9a.  In order to avoid lines on event day, we do encourage you to pickup your packets before Thanksgiving morning.  

Pace Info and Time Limits

To ensure that roads reopen to vehicular traffic at the scheduled times, course time limits will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. Participants must maintain a pace faster than the course time limits in order to complete the race on closed city streets.

Cut-off locations will be enforced on the course; runners or walkers who do not reach the cut-off location by the communicated time will be redirected to the sidewalk to finish the remainder of the event. Course time limits begin when the last participant and tail vehicle cross the start line.

1 Mile Course – 25 min/mile pace

The course time limit for the 1 mile course is 25 minutes and begins at 10:10 AM when the last 1 Mile participants is allowed on to the closed course. No participants will be allowed on the course after 10:10 AM.

Download detailed pace/time limit info for 1 mile course.

5 Mile Course – 24 min/mile pace

The course time limit for the 5 mile course is 2 hours and begins at 9:55AM when the last participants are allowed to continue on to the closed 5 Mile course. All participants that are not north of 5th street and Lavaca St. by 9:55 AM will be required to participate in the 1 mile event.

Download detailed pace/time limit info for 5 mile course.


All of the run proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin. Last year’s Turkey Trot raised $325,000, and over the last 27 years the run has donated nearly $3.5 million to Caritas.

Payment Types

Cash, Credit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), Check (make payable to ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot or TCSTT).


Awards will be given to the overall male, overall female, masters male, masters female, grand masters male, grand masters male and the top three men and women in each of the following age groups: 10 and under, Ages 11-12, Ages 13-14, Ages 15-16, Ages 17-19, Ages 20-24, Ages 25-29, Ages 30-34, Ages 35-39, Ages 40-44. Ages 45-49, Ages 50-54, Ages 55-59, Ages 60-64, Ages 65-69, Ages 70-74, Ages 75-79, Ages 80-84, and Ages 85 and over.

We will also have awards for the first place Team Challenge and the top three finishers in the following categories: Maternity, Baby Jogger, and Wheelchair.

*Winners will be announced on Thanksgiving morning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy an extra T-shirt?

Yes, online for $20.

Are dogs/pets permitted?

We love your furry friend too but please leave dogs/pets at home.  Participants have experienced unfortunate stumbles due to dogs crossing their paths.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Are strollers permitted?

Yes, but we ask that you start in the back to avoid injury to yourself, your child, and other participants. Note that we have a separate timed division for stroller participants.

Which run is the right one for me?

Remember, this is a five-MILE event, not a 5K (3.1 miles). If you’re uncomfortable with this distance, then we recommend that you do the one-mile walk/run. We encourage you to train and run appropriately and accordingly. This year’s event will have separate starts for timed, untimed, and the one-mile. We will divide by bib colors. Once in the appropriate area, line up according your pace. Look for the pace signs.

Can I walk the five-mile course?

Yes, but the course closes after two hours and the crews will begin picking up the barricades, so walk faster than a 24 minute/mile pace.

There will be checkpoints on the course that participants must reach by designated times. If the checkpoints are not reached in time, participants will be asked to move to the sidewalks as the roads will reopen behind them.

My child has never done a run. Can he/she participate in the Kids' K safely?

The Stepping Stone School Kids K starts just before the five-mile run.  This is a 1 kilometer run or 0.6 miles. We group kids according to age and send them off in waves so that bigger kids aren’t running over the little ones. Most children do run by themselves, but parents are certainly welcome to accompany their children. This event will only take about five minutes to complete. Every Kids’K participant receives a finisher’s bracelet!