Race Day Info & Rules
Bib & Timing Information
The bib with your race number on it has your timing chip attached to the back. It also contains important information for safety and identification. Please pin this on the front of your outermost garment. It will record the time as you cross the mats at the start, midpoint and finish of the race. Your chip/bib does not have to be returned at the end of the race.
Race Start Information
In order to safely accommodate our growing field of runners and walkers, we have implemented a loop course which starts and finishes at Riverfront Park in downtown Miamisburg. There is a railroad crossing at approximately ¼ mile. Please use caution here! There is a limited amount of time that we can keep these railroad tracks closed, therefore:
ALL RUNNERS AND WALKERS MUST START THE RACE BY 8:45!
Corrals & Corral Information
Each participant will be assigned to a starting corral, designated by a colored sticker on your race number. PLEASE PLACE YOURSELF IN THE PROPER CORRAL!
After opening ceremonies, there will be a gun start for the first corral. Once all of the runners in that corral have crossed the start line, runners from the next corral will be brought into the starting area and may begin running as they cross the start line. Once they have all crossed, the third group will enter the starting area and begin running as they cross the start line.
PLEASE BE PATIENT! It takes 3-5 minutes to clear each corral. Remember that your race time is kept by your chip and does not begin until you cross the mats under the start banner. Please stay in your assigned corral and follow instructions so that you and your fellow 10,000 runners can have a safe and enjoyable race!
Those in the one mile event will line up in the YELLOW corral which will be on Main Street facing south. The one mile course will be different, heading south on Main Street and making a loop back to the park. You will join the five mile course for the last 200 yards and finish in the same spot.
Getting Started: Place Yourself in the Right Corral
You will find a colored turkey in the top corner of your race bib. This indicates the corral you will be starting in. Corrals will be marked with colored flags. On race morning please find your way to your corral by 8:15 a.m. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. (Note: Wheelchairs will start at 8:25 a.m.)
Please note, your time is kept by your chip (attached to the back of your bib), not the clock. If you get stuck in a slower corral, don’t panic and push, just run your race and let your chip do the timing. If you need to change your wave for any reason, please go to the “trouble table” at the expo for a change of colors.
Red Turkeys with #1 will be in the red corral and are the first wave. You expect to finish in less than 45 minutes. No one running over a 9-minute per mile pace should be in this corral. Please position yourselves with the sub-6 minute folks starting toward the front and the 8-minute-plus people toward the back. Red turkeys will start at 8:30 a.m.
IF YOU PLAN TO WALK ANY PORTION OF THE RACE YOU SHOULD NOT BE IN THE RED CORRAL!
Red Turkeys with #2 will be in the blue corral (a printing error by our bib company made all the 5-mile turkeys red for 2021 instead of keyed to the corrals) will line up on Linden Avenue facing east. This means Linden Ave. and the red corral folks are in front of you and the river is behind you. Blue corral individuals expect to finish between 45 minutes and 1 hour. No one expecting to run faster than a 9-minute pace or more than a 12-minute pace should be in this corral. Please position yourselves with the low-9-minute runners toward the front and the 12-minute runners toward the back. Once the red corral participants have all cleared the start line, the blue corral participants will WALK into the starting area and begin running as you cross the starting mats.
Red Turkeys with #3 will be the green corral (a printing error by our bib company made all the 5-mile turkeys red for 2021 instead of keyed to the corrals) and will line up behind the blue folks on Linden Avenue. Green corral members are expected to finish in more than one hour. This corral is also for anyone walking the race or groups wanting to stay together. After the blue corral folks start, you will saunter to the start line and begin running as you cross the starting mats.
ALL 5-MILERS must cross the start mat by 8:45. We are crossing over railroad tracks at ¼ mile and the train schedule allows us only 30 minutes. If you are running very late, do not try to beat a train.
Yellow Turkeys (1-Milers) will line up facing south on Main Street (just south of Linden Ave). You will have your own gun (or horn) start, then proceed down Main Street and along the course. Note: as you finish please stay to the left side of Water Street and cross under the left side of the finish banner.
All participants sign a waiver stating, “I understand that bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers, roller skates or blades or animals are not allowed in the race and I will abide by this guideline. Use of headsets is strongly discouraged.”
Please adhere to these guidelines and follow all instructions from race officials.
As a family event, the Turkey Trot will allow participants to walk with strollers as long as you place yourself at the back of the green corral for the five mile event or at the back of the yellow corral for the one mile event. For the safety of your child as well as your fellow participants, absolutely no strollers of any kind will be allowed in the red or blue corrals.