November 26th 7:00AM








Individual & Group Costume Contest Awards

Encinitas Turkey Trot Costume Contest Cash Prizes:










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.

Costume Contest Rules

Encinitas Turkey Trot Costume Contest:


Register at the Costume Contest Registration table prior by 7am

award ceremony

Costume award ceremony immediately following the 10k race


Normal running attire is not considered a costume


Awards will be given to the top three Individual and Group divisions who best display the spirit of Thanksgiving at the Encinitas Turkey Trot


Race completion times have no bearing on costume contest results


Participants must be present at awards ceremony to receive awards

Race Details

Race Day Schedule and Registration

Race Day Schedule and Registration Hit the alarm, stretch and run out the door to the Check-In. The 10k race begins at 7:30am,  Kids K starts 7:40am and 5k Fun Run/Walk/Costume Contest starts at 8:00am.

6:00 AM

Course Open & Race and Costume Contest  Registration Opens

7:00 AM

Opening Day Announcements

7:30 AM


7:40 AM


8:00 AM


9:20 AM

Race Course Closes & Award Ceremony

Packet Pick Up

Get them sooner than later

Tuesday the 26th and Wednesday the 27th between 1PM and 7PM

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

Charity & Community Partners

Encinitas Turkey Trot supports the following:

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.

Thanksgiving Meals in a Basket

Our program provides “meals in a basket” to over 150 active duty military families and provides assistance to local veterans in need. We understand the importance of “serving those who serve”. A special thanks to Encinitas Legion #416 and The Encinitas American Legion Women’s Auxiliary for their continued hard work and participation for this great and growing event.

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.


2019 Encinitas Turkey Trot

5k $48, $58 day of

10k $58, $68 day of

Kids K – 7 & under = free


You have questions, we have answers

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.

Why Thanksgiving Morning?
Thanksgiving Day is the #1 day for exercise. Join millions of turkey totters from all over the country in celebrating friends, family and community while getting healthy and giving back.

Will water be provided?
Yes. There will be water stations throughout the event and at the start and finish line.

Are strollers okay?
SURE! We encourage BOBs (Baby On Board) as this is a family event.

Can I bring my dog?
No. No Pets allowed.

Can I ride a bike/rollerblade/tricycle/unicycle/skateboard?
No. Please leave your wheels at home.

How do I volunteer for this awesome event?
Send us an email:

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.

What streets will be closed?
All North/ Southbound lanes on Coast Highway 101 from Encinitas Blvd to Chesterfield
When will I get my results?
Results are available immediately after the event through SVE timing
Will Gear Check be provided?
Gear Check will not be provided.

Need more information?
Contact us at:

We strongly encourage you pick up your bib and soft cotton T-Shirt at Road Runner Sports Sunday the 18th, Monday the 19th or Tuesday the 20th between 1PM and 7PM as the day of the event will be quite crowded.


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