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.
Is the course hilly or flat?

Lynchburg is called the Hill City and also known as the City of Seven Hills! There are a couple of hills but overall the course is a mixture of gently rolling and flat. There is something for every preference on this course! For a full map of the course please click HERE.

Can I get a refund or transfer my bib?

Race entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. We hope you will be able to join us Thanksgiving morning! 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 is the guaranteed shirt deadline?

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

Are there awards for this race?

Finisher Medals will be given to all that finish the The 31st Annual Lynchburg Turkey Trot 5K.

Awards will be presented to the following on race day and will be availalbe at the Awards Station located near the theater lobby of EC Glass High School:
Overall Male: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Overall Female: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Male Masters (over 40): 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Female Masters (over 40): 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Awards will be available for pick-up for these age groups (male and female):
1-12, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+

Do I need to register my infant/toddler?

Separate registrations for infants/toddlers who will be in a stroller or carried are not required. However only registered participants will receive a race shirt and a medal at the finish line.

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.

Can I register a large group?

Yes! You may register and pick up packets for a large group.

Can I buy additional race shirts?

Shirts that are unclaimed and are available for sale from the current year as well as past years, will only be available for purchase at Packet Pick-Up on November 27 and prior to the race start on November 28.

Will there be a price increase for registration?

Pricing June 1 – Labor Day September 2:
5K Run or Walk: $25
Assisted Participant: $15
5K Youth (12 and under): $15
Sleep-In: $25

Pricing September 3 – October 31:
5K Run or Walk: $30
Assisted Participant: $20
5K Youth (12 and under): $20
Sleep-In: $25

Pricing November 1 – 26:
5K Run or Walk: $35
Assisted Participant: $25
5K Youth (12 and under): $25
Sleep-In: $35

Pricing November 27 – 28 (Packet Pick-Up & Race Day):
5K Run or Walk: $40
Assisted Participant: $30
5K Youth (12 and under): $30
Sleep-In: $35

Packet Pick-Up

When and where is Packet Pick-Up?

Participants are strongly encouraged to pick up their race packets on Wednesday to avoid congestion on race day. Bib numbers will be assigned to participants at Packet Pickup.

Wednesday, November 27
10:00 A.M – 6:00 P.M.
E.C. Glass High School Theater Lobby
2111 Memorial Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501

Thursday, November 28
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
E.C. Glass High School Theater Lobby

What if I can't get to Packet Pick-Up?

If you cannot attend packet pick up during the times listed below, please arrange to have someone else pick your packet up for you. Packets will NOT be available after 7:30AM on race day, so please plan accordingly.

Wednesday, November 27
10:00 A.M – 6:00 P.M.
E.C. Glass High School Theater Lobby
2111 Memorial Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501

Thursday, November 28
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
E.C. Glass High School Theater Lobby

Can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes, you may have someone pick up your packet; however, they should have a printed copy of your registration confirmation e-mail.

Race Day

Where is the Start/Finish Line?

The Start line and Finish line of the Lynchburg Turkey Trot is sponsored by Opportunity Lynchburg and located in front of EC Glass High School on the side facing Langhorne Road.

EC Glass High School is located at 2111 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501

For a map of the entire course click HERE.


Where can I park?

There are several parking options for the Lynchburg Turkey Trot — please make sure you know which parking lots will be CLOSED for the duration of the race and which ones will be open. Due to road closures the parking lots that fall inside the course will not open until the police department reopens the roads at 9:30 AM.


Parking options:
CLOSED 7:30 – 9:30 AM before & during the race
  • EC Glass High School (from Murrell & Langhorne Road)
  • Plaza Shopping Center – all parking lots
OPEN – Accessible before & during the race
  • EC Glass High School front parking lot (accessible from Memorial Avenue only)
  • Pearson Cancer Center
  • Bank of America
  • Southern Provisions
  • Lynchburg Wholesale Floral
  • Dollar General – please park away from the entrance, they are open on Thanksgiving morning
  • WSET-13 (behind the station)
  • Hurt & Proffitt
  • St. Clair Eye
  • CVS

For a full Course + Parking Map please click HERE.

Can my dog participate?

We love pets but they are NOT allowed on the course.

Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are allowed on the course but must begin the race in the back of the line so as to not interfere with runners. In addition, children riding in strollers must remain in their strollers at all times while on the course for safety reasons.

When do roads close/re-open?

Roads surrounding the course are affected by road closures on Thanksgiving morning November 28.

Langhorne Road between Memorial Avenue & Murrell Road is closed 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM.

Langhorne Road between Murrell Road and Tate Springs Road is closed 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM.

Murrell Road from Langhorne to Rockbridge Avenue is closed 7:30 – 9:30 AM.

Alleghany Avenue from Lakeside Drive to Memorial Avenue is closed 7:30 – 9:30 AM.

Lakeside Drive from Rockbridge Avenue to Memorial Avenue is closed 7:30 – 9:30 AM.

Judith Street from Alleghany Avenue through the Plaza to Lakeside Drive is closed 7:30 – 9:30 AM.

For a full Course Map showing roads affected, please click HERE.

Will there be a bag drop on race day?

Yes, a secure bag check is available on race day. The bag drop is located to the side of the auditorium entrance steps at E.C. Glass High School on race day morning.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are located inside EC Glass High School Theater Lobby (lower level), along the school entry driveway approaching the starting line, and near the water stop on the course.

Will there be medical assistance on/along the course?

There will be medical staff patrolling the course. We will have EMTs on bikes for your safety, as well as several police officers and volunteers.  The medical tent will be located just past the finish line.

Will there be a water stop along the course?

Yes, there will be one water station approximately 1.5 miles into the course. There will also be two water stations upon crossing the finish line: one in the finish chute, the other on the lawn of the high school.

Is there a place for my family to come join in the fun as a spectator?

Yes, in the main festival area on the school lawn facing Langhorne Road, there will be plenty of space to gather, enjoy food, coffee, games. Along the course there are several opportunities to cheer on the participants as well as at the start/finish line area.

Where and when will the results be posted?

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

Volunteer + Sponsorship

Are you still accepting sponsorships?

For current opportunities in sponsorship, in-kind donations, being a vendor in our race day festival area/packet pick-up, or other support related elements, please contact Ruth Blanks at

How can I volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering, please register to volunteer online HERE. If you have any questions regarding volunteering opportunities please e-mail

Can I promote my business at the Lynchburg Turkey Trot?

Race day promotional opportunities are reserved for official sponsors of the Lynchburg Turkey Trot. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please e-mail

Where is volunteer check-in?

General volunteer check in is located inside the EC Glass High School Theater Lobby for Packet Pick-Up and on Race Day.

If you are assigned to a specific ZONE on the course for Thanksgiving morning, you will receive information prior to race day about where and when to report to your zone. If you have questions please contact us at