Turkey Trot

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Turkey Trot 5k — sign up by September 30 for the Early Bird Discount! 

The Franklin Park Coalition’s now-famous Turkey Trot started in 2013. Last November, we had another record-breaking year, with more than 1,400 runners participating. With runners and walkers coming primarily from the neighborhoods that border the park, including Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan, the Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the City of Boston. One family who “trotted” in 2017 told us — and they are not alone — that they now have a new Thanksgiving tradition.

  • All ages and paces welcome
  • Strollers and race-ready leashed dogs are welcome
  • Great prizes for fast finishers and costumes
  • Event is chip timed

We hope you’ll join the fun this year. It’s never too late to start training or dreaming up a costume (costumes are optional but fun!). The event benefits the Coalition’s year-round community programming and advocacy to improve Franklin Park for all.

Download our turkey trot flyer and help us spread the word about this special event.

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Event Details:

Franklin Park Coalition 6th Annual Turkey Trot 5K

November 22, 2018 (Thanksgiving Day)
Race Start 9:00 am
Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse
One Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA 02121

Race day number pick up starts at 8 am at the golf clubhouse:
Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse
1 Circuit Drive, Boston MA

Number pick up and in-person registration
Once again we plan to offer number pick up and registration Wednesday evening Nov 21st. Time and place to be confirmed. Please note that race day registration may be limited or we may sell out!

Ample parking in Franklin Park at the golf clubhouse, along Circuit Drive, in the parking lot across the street, and in the circle by the exit towards Blue Hill Ave. There’s additional parking .3 miles down Circuit Drive in an additional parking lot and by the zoo rear entrance.

The 2018 course will be finalized in collaboration with the Parks Dept to accommodate ongoing path improvements work. For reference, see the 2017 route: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1855583363


The golf clubhouse will be open, but be advised that the bathrooms only have a few stalls. We will have porta-potties as well. Leave plenty of time in case there is a line.

Bag Check

We will not have a bag check, sorry.

Watch your step!

Please be aware that the condition of the pathway surfaces varies.

Awards & Results

We’ll have awards for the male and female overall winners, age group first place winners, and for runners in the best costumes, the fastest dog, and fastest stroller at approximately 9:50 inside the clubhouse.

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