General Race Info + Registration

What is the Lynchburg Turkey Trot?

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 nearly 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.

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 direct donation over and above the cost of registration – that amount would be deductible.
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 21 – November 28. 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? Consider becoming a fundraiser and receive some neat incentives the more you raise! 

When is the guaranteed shirt deadline?

Event shirts are guaranteed to those that register on or before November 15. Registrations received November 16 through November 29 will have shirts available on a first-come basis at packet pick-up.

Are there awards for this race?

Everyone who registers to run/walk will receive a 2020 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. 

When the adult pushing the stroller or carrying the child registers, they will be required to input the information of the child for safety reasons and emergency contact info.

Will there be a price increase this year?

Nope – registration will remain the same. 

Will there be a packet pick up this year?

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

Friday November 20
12pm – 6pm
HumanKind Campus
150 Linden Avenue Lynchburg, VA 24503

Wednesday November 25
12pm – 6pm
HumanKind Campus
150 Linden Avenue Lynchburg, VA 24503

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 (additional charges may apply).

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

When will my items ship?

Race packets will be shipped starting the week of November 9th. In order to guarantee receiving race items by November 21st (the start of race week) you must be registered for the race by November 15th. All shipping requests received after November 14th will ship during the week of November 30th. 

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!

When do I need to submit my race results?

Your results can be submitted anytime between November 21st – November 29th. 

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?

While volunteering may look different this year we would love your help. E-mail with your interest and we can get you connected. 

With change, we know there will be questions. If you have a question about our 2020 event, check out our FAQs. If you need more information - contact our team!
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