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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

Encinitas Turkey Trot supports the following:

  1. “Thanksgiving, Meals in a Basket” benefiting Encinitas American Legion Post #416: 100% of donations collected by the Encinitas Turkey Trot will purchase family meals for active military families. 
  2. Encinitas 101 Main Street The Voice of Downtown Encinitas, communicating concerns, advocating for policies, maintaining relationships with city and county officials and staff, and addressing important social issues. We are committed to the preservation and improvement of Downtown Encinitas and represent downtown businesses, advocating for practices that encourage smart growth and transportation and preserve and improve the quality of life in downtown.
  3. Corporate Giving:  Please email 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
  • Awards will be given to the top three Individual and Group divisions who best display the spirit of Thanksgiving at the Encinitas Turkey Trot
  • 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 awards

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, BEAM ORTHO Kids K starts 7:40am and 5k Fun Run/Walk/Costume Contest starts at am .
Please be prompt.

  1. am
    Race Check-In
  2. am
    Opening Ceremony & National Anthem
  3. am
    10k RACE START
  1. am
    BEAM ORTHO “Kids K” (7 yrs & under)
  2. am
    5k & Costume Division RACE START
  3. am
    Race Course Closes & Award Ceremony

Individual & Group Costume Contest Awards

  • 1st place receives $250 – 2nd place $150 – 3rd $100 in each category.


  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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