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Thanksgiving Cross-Country Classic – 5K & 1.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk

Wherever you are this Thanksgiving, be part of this Thanksgiving tradition. Come win a “turkey” and other great prizes!

This 5k is part of the SAR 2023 Running Shop Grand Prix.


WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please check back here to volunteer for the race.

Race Description:

7:00 AM: Day of Race Packet Pickup / Registration
8:00 AM: 5k Women’s Start
8:45 AM: 5k Men’s Start
9:30 AM: Coed 1.5 Mile Fun Run Start

The Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic (Tucson’s Original Turkey Trot!) offers a European style cross country course with hay-bales on grass, dirt and a little asphalt. The 5K course will be two loops and the 1.5 Mile course will be one loop. Course starts near Ramada #10 at the southwest corner of Reid Park, at 22nd Street and Country Club. Strollers are welcome although the course is hilly and mostly on grass and dirt. Lanes are provided to bypass the hay-bales. Please no dogs for their safety as well as the safety of all participants.



Cost if registered by 11/18/22:

  • 5k SAR Members: $25
  • 5K non-SAR Members: $27
  • Fun Run: $15

Cost if registered between 11/19/22 – 11/23/22:

  • 5k SAR Members: $28
  • 5K non-SAR Members: $30
  • Fun Run: $18

Cost on race day:

  • 5k: $35
  • Fun Run: $20

If you would like to register by mail, check back here

Teams and team members must be registered by Tuesday, November 22, 6:00 pm. No team members may sign up race day. No teams may be formed on race day.


Packet Pickup Information:

Packet Pickup: At The Running Shop during the following dates and times:

  • Saturday 11/20 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Monday 11/20 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 11/21 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 11/22 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 11/23 (Race Day at Ramada #10 Reid Park) – 7:00 AM

Packet includes quality cotton shirts for each runner. All Fun Run participants will get a shirt and a finisher’s ribbon. While we try our best to ensure everyone receives their desired size, shirts are given on a first come, first serve basis.


Click HERE to see a map of the course.


Overall male and female winners and Master’s male and female winners will receive a pair of running shoes from The Running Shop. Age groups are 10 and under, 11-13, 14-16, 17-19, 20-24, 5-year divisions through age 79 and 80 and over.

First place age group winners receive a “turkey”. A pie is awarded to second place age group winners and third place winners receive a medal.

The Fun Run is not officially timed.

Teams: The top 4 times of each team of up to 7 team members will be totaled for the best team time. No coed teams allowed. The top two men and women’s teams will win awards. Winners will be announced on SAR website as soon as results are confirmed.

Safety Guidelines & Protocols:

We continue to monitor relevant information and consult with public health guidelines appropriate for Pima County and will ensure that all race day activities are compliant with recommendations and best practices.


Race benefits Team Hoyt Arizona and Toys for Tots. Please consider making an additional donation of a new, unwrapped toy!


    Nov 23 2023


    7:00 am

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    Reid Park