General Race Info + Registration

What is the Lynchburg Turkey Trot presented by Scott Insurance?

The Lynchburg Turkey Trot is a family fun run and walk that is held on Thanksgiving Day in Lynchburg and all proceeds of this fundraising race support the programs and services of HumanKind. It is the largest 5K in the Lynchburg area drawing more than 3,000 participants each year.

The race was originally started in 1988 by Don Lucy who grew up at the Presbyterian Homes (now known as HumanKind) as a way to give back and help raise funds and awareness for individuals, children and families across Virginia.

In its history the Lynchburg Turkey Trot has had three course locations including Timberlake Christian School, downtown Lynchburg and now with a start/finish at EC Glass High School on Langhorne Road.

In 2023 – the Lynchburg Turkey Trot will celebrate 35 YEARS of our treasured community tradition. What a beautiful way to celebrate a milestone year by helping more of our neighbors in need this Thanksgiving. Join the flock, shake your tailfeathers and help us celebrate!

Is my Lynchburg Turkey Trot registration tax-deductible?
Because your registration fee covers the cost of your entry, shirt and bib – i.e. service and goods, the registration is not tax deductible. If you make a donation over and above the cost of registration – that amount would be deductible as charitable contributions. Tax ID 54-0346118.
To make a direct donation without registration, please donate here.
What is a “twist on tradition”?

An opportunity for you to get creative as an individual or with a group! Participants can run or walk from anywhere on a date of their choosing between November 18 – November 26. This flexibility allows participation for when families are able to gather. Wear your race shirt, pin your race bib on, wear some fun holiday gear run or walk and then show off your finisher medal! We can’t wait to see your pictures!!

So it’s a “twist on tradition” but is there swag?

YES! Race registration includes a long-sleeve race shirt, race bib, finisher medal and some other turkey flare! Want even more cool stuff? Add some turkey merchandise to your registration and let your turkey flag fly. Every item purchased further supports the children and families in our community.

What's the course for the in-person race on Thanksgiving Day?

Great question! We have called the course on Langhorne Road home now for five years! The start/finish line is right in front of EC Glass High School on Langhorne Road.

Here’s a link to our Course Map!

When is the guaranteed shirt deadline?

Event shirts are guaranteed to those that register on or before November 13. Registrations received November 14 or after will have shirts available on a first-come basis at packet pick-up.

Are there awards for this race?

Awards will be given to participants at the in-person event held on Thanksgiving morning November 23 in Lynchburg. This event will be officially timed in-person. Virtual participants will not be eligible for timed race awards due to the variation of courses. However, EVERYONE who registers to run/walk will receive a 2023 commemorative finisher medal.

I have a large group. Is there a discount?

This year we are excited to provide the optional “Friends and Family” pack (or Framily as we like to call it) where you can receive a discount for groups of 4 or 5 individuals or an even bigger discount for groups of 6 – 10 individuals. Discount is automatically applied at check out.  Please note that “Friends and Family” Pricing is not “retroactive” to include registrations made previously. The discount will be applied to one transaction for your group. 

Will there be a price increase this year?

Nope – registration will remain the same. It’s all about feeding families – and every registration feeds TWO families.

Will there be a packet pick up this year?

Yes, we will be holding a packet pick up event on two different dates:

Friday, November 17 (12-6pm) and Wednesday, November 22 (12-6pm).

There will be NO race day pick-up available.

Location: HumanKind Campus, 1903 HumanKind Way, Lynchburg, VA 24503. Entrance from VES Road ONLY, all other entrances are permanently closed.

Do I have to attend packet pick up to get my race items?

Not at all, you can choose to have your items shipped directly to you. Please note shipping is $15 per address for up to 5 participants.

Or you can have someone pick up on your behalf — they must have your Race Bib Number to do so.

When will my items ship?

Must be registered by 11/8/23 to receive your packet.

Race packets will begin shipping the last week of October. All shipping requests received after November 8 will ship but aren’t guaranteed by Thanksgiving day. We will continue to ship packets as requested but they could arrive AFTER Thanksgiving. PLEASE NOTE – you do NOT need your race packet to participate — you only need to upload your time, or download our app to track your progress. The race packet includes a shirt and swag items to add to the fun of the event!

All shipping requests received after 11/15/23 will ship during the week of 11/27/23.

Can I get a Refund?

Race entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please know that proceeds from this race benefit the programs of HumanKind, which provide a broad range of services that foster the social, mental and financial well-being of families and individuals. With a focus on empowering people of all backgrounds and abilities, HumanKind helps equip people to build better lives for themselves and their families. These programs serve thousands of people in Lynchburg and across Virginia each year!

If I’m participating virtually, when do I need to submit my race results?

Your results can be submitted anytime between November 18 – November 26.

Where and when will the results be posted?

Race results will be posted on our website at, on our facebook page at and on the run sign up page at

Do you need volunteers for anything?

YES – we will absolutely need volunteers this year! And volunteer groups are WELCOME! Do you need volunteer hours for school or achievement? Let us know and we can sign for them. E-mail with your interest and we can get you connected. Or sign up today HERE online for dates and times volunteers are needed.

If you have a question about our 2023 event, check out our FAQs. If you need more information - contact our team!
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