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ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

Event Info


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 23, 2017- 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 11 $20 $25 $18 $8
Oct 12 thru Nov 8 $25 $30 $20 $8
Nov 9 thru Nov 22 $30 $35 $25 $10
Thanksgiving Day $35 $40 $30 $10

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.

Packet Pickup Locations and Dates

You can pickup your packets at our north locationFirst Texas Honda (3400 Steck Ave, Austin Tx 78757) or at our south locationAcademy Sports + Outdoors (5400 Brodie Ln Sunset Valley, Texas 78745)

 Date First Texas Honda  Academy Sports + Outdoors 
Sat 11/18 10am – 7pm 10am – 7pm
Sun 11/19 Closed 10am – 7pm
Mon 11/20 10am – 7pm 10am – 7pm
Tues 11/21 10am – 7pm 10am – 7pm
Wed 11/22 10am – 4pm 10am – 3pm

Pickup on Thanksgiving Morning
Although you can register and pickup your packets on Thanksgiving morning at the Long Center terrace beginning at 7:30AM, we recommend that you take advantage of the earlier pickup dates in order to avoid lines on Thanksgiving morning.

Parking on Thanksgiving

Ride share with Ride Austin, our event partner. Use the code turkey17 to donate $3 to Caritas.

Free parking is available at the locations below.  Due to traffic congestion we recommend the parking areas north of the river.

South of the river

  • Palmer Events/Long Center Garage
  • One Texas Center Garage
  • Austin American Statesman west lot

North of the river

Course Maps

Download course maps to the 5 mile and 1 mile courses here.


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 Academy Sports + Outdoors and 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



All of the run proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin. Last year’s Turkey Trot raised $330,000, and over the last 26 years the run has donated more than $3.1 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, Wheelchair, UT Longhorn, and Texas Tech Red Raiders.

*Winners will be announced on Thanksgiving morning.



Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy an extra t-shirt?

Yes, online for $20.

Are there course maps available?
Why is there only a short-sleeved option for kids T-shirts?

We have found that most kids prefer short-sleeved shirts.

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 at 8:45 a.m. (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!