November 08, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Turkey Trot Early-bird Registration Ends Nov. 16

Participants in the upcoming 18th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk have just one week left to access discount prices through early-bird registration.

Early-bird registration is available through Friday, Nov. 16, for $20/adults and $15/kids 12 and younger. Register online at; or in person at Springfield-Greene County Park Board, 1923 N. Weller Ave., or Killian Sports Complex, 2141 E. Pythian St., Springfield. Registrations may also be printed at and mailed, but must be postmarked by Nov. 14. Early Bird registration closes at 5 p.m., Nov. 16.

After Nov. 16, registration remains closed until the day before the race. On-site registration opens Wednesday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis St., in downtown Springfield. On-site registration is $25/adults and $20/children.

The 18th annual Turkey Trot 5KRun/Walk begins Thursday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m., at the Springfield Expo Center.

Turkey Trot is Springfield’s largest 5K walk/run of the year and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, attracting more than 8,000 participants in 2011. All proceeds benefit Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund. Participants are also asked to bring three non-perishable food items for the Ozarks Food Harvest.

Awards for overall male, female and masters division winners, along with door prizes, will be presented inside the ExpoCenter following the race. The event will be held rain, snow or shine.

For more information, visit or call the Springfield-Greene County Park Board at 837-5817. For media inquiries, call Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 874-2176, or 224-5510.