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ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

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

Click the picture below to download a high resolution PDF of the course maps!


Registration Fees

Untimed 5-mile Timed 5-Mile 1-Mile Walk Stepping Stone Kids K
Thru 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
(3400 Steck Ave.)
YETI Flagship
(220 S. Congress Ave.)
Sat, Nov. 17 10am – 7pm 10am – 7pm
Sun, Nov. 18 10am – 3pm 10am – 7pm
Mon, Nov. 19 10am – 7pm 10am – 7pm
Tues, Nov. 20 10am – 7pm 10am – 7pm
Wed, Nov. 21 10am – 3pm 10am – 6pm

You can also register and pick up your packets on Thanksgiving morning on the H-E-B Terrace at The Long Center between 7:30a and 9:30a.  In order to avoid lines on event day, we do encourage you to register and pickup your packets before Thanksgiving morning.

Parking on Thanksgiving Morning

On Thanksgiving morning, parking is available at Palmer Events Center, City Hall, One Texas Center, Austin American-Statesman, Silicon Labs (400 W. Cesar Chavez) and State Garage N, near Republic Square. Check the map below for parking lot and parking garage locations.

Special thanks to Silicon Labs for offering their parking garage to participants!

Timed Run Results

Get your results faster on your mobile device by singing up for mobile messaging.

You can also get your unofficial results at the Run Results tent on the HEB Terrace at the Long Center around 10:45AM. Results will also be posted at after the event.

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, Longhorn, 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.

When and where does the raffle drawing take place?

The official drawing for the grand prize winner of the 2018 Turkey Trot raffle will take place on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at the Long Center on the HEB Terrace around 10:45AM.

Drawings for the other prize(s) will take place at a later date to be determined, and will be announced at

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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!