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Turkey Trot & Food Drive

If you have never walked or run along the Pacific Coast in Encinitas in late November, you are in for the surprise of your life. Early morning offers a beautiful color to the Pacific Ocean. The waves have a special look during this time of the year. Start your Thanksgiving Holiday fun with friends and family at the Encinitas Turkey Trot 5k & 10k. It starts and finishes under the World Famous “ENCINITAS” Sign on Coast Highway 101. Our event supports Encinitas Community Resource Center and our Thanksgiving Meals in a Basket Program through Encinitas American Legion Post #416

Photo provided by Morgan Mallory

Our Charity & Community Partners


After seeing so many in need in the community, a group of community and business leaders came together to form an organization addressing the homelessness and food issues in the community, forming Community Resource Center (CRC). Established in 1979, CRC has grown from providing basic needs for families in crisis, to offering extensive programs that facilitate the safety, stability, and self-sufficiency of low-income and episodically homeless households –including domestic violence (DV) victims.

  1. "Thanksgiving, Meals in a Basket" (sponsored by Encinitas American Post #416): 100% of donations collected by the Encinitas Turkey Trot will purchase family meals for active military families.
    Simply click the "DONATE" button to give: Donate
  2. Corporate Giving: Please email Steve Lebherz at steve@encinitasturkeytrot.org for more information.

Community Partners

Additionally, Encinitas Turkey Trot will be providing a grant to the Boy Scouts Troop #776 of St. John the Evangelist Church in Encinitas, La Costa Canyon High School Theatre Club, as well to The Cardiff School District for their support of the event.

Learn more about our community partners:


Turkey Trot Costume Contest
  • Register at the Costume Contest Registration table prior by 7am
  • Trophies will be awarded to the top three Individual, Group and Kids divisions who best display the spirit of Thanksgiving at the Encinitas Turkey Trot
  • The costume award ceremony immediately following the 10k race
  • Race completion times have no bearing on costume contest results
  • Normal running attire is not considered a costume
  • Participants must be present at awards ceremony to receive trophies

Packet pick up

We strongly encourage you pick up your bib and soft cotton T-Shirt at Road Runner Sports Sunday, Monday or Tuesday as the day of the event will be quite crowded.

  • When:
  • pm – pm
  • Where:
  • 5617 Paseo Del Norte #100 Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • (760) 444 – 3020

Race schedule

Race Day Schedule and Registration

Hit the alarm, stretch and run out the door to the Check-In.
The 10k race begins at am and am for the 5k Fun Run/Walk/Costume Contest.
Please be prompt.

  1. am
    Race Check-In
  2. am
    Welcome & Introductions
  3. am
    National Anthem
  1. am
    10k RACE START
  2. am
    5k & Costume Division – RACE START
  3. am
    Race Course Closes & Award Ceremony

Individual, Group & Kids Costume Contest Awards

  • 1 st
  • 2 nd
  • 3 rd


  1. Who thought of this idea?
    Steve Lebherz. Steve is a long time resident of Encinitas and has been looking for a way to help needy families throughout the north county of San Diego.
  2. Why Thanksgiving Morning?
    An early run on Turkey Day helps get friends and family out of the house and eliminates some of the guilt as you indulge on turkey and all the fixings.
  3. Will water be provided?
    Yes. There will be water stations throughout the event, as well as fruit and water at the start and finish line.
  4. Are strollers okay?
    SURE! We encourage BOBs (Baby On Board) as this is a family event.
  5. Can I bring my dog?
    No. No Pets allowed.
  6. Can I ride a bike/rollerblade/tricycle/unicycle/skateboard?
    No. Please leave your wheels at home.
  7. How do I volunteer for this awesome event?
    Send us an email: steve@encinitasturkeytrot.com
  8. Where can I park?
    Parking is available at the Encinitas Library, Encinitas City Hall, Coaster Station, Moonlight Beach, and surface streets on 2nd and 3rd Street.
  9. What streets will be closed?
    All south bound lanes and western northbound lanes of PCH from Encinitas Blvd. to the South Cardiff State Beach parking lot. D Street, between Vulcan and 2nd Street, E street, between 2nd and PCH.
  10. When will I get my results?
    Results are available immediately after the race through Excelarace.com
  11. Will Gear Check be provided?
    Gear Check will not be provided.

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