What happened to the Boulder Turkey Trot 5k

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National Turkey Trot participation rises while two key races in Boulder County disappear.

According to a study by Running USA, national Turkey Trot race participation is on the rise. Year-over-year growth of Thanksgiving Day races grew 14%, with 726 organized races and 961,882 finisher staking place in 2016.

“While the sport of running is flattening out in some areas, Thanksgiving is a perfect example of the sport’s ability to bring family and friends together to celebrate through fitness and fun,” said Rich Harshbarger, Running USA CEO. “In many respects, well organized turkey trots are the ideal blueprint for our sport to move forward with locally-run races.”

In fact Denver’s Mile High United Way Turkey Trot is the 6th largest in the nation with over 8k runners.

But we haven’t felt that success in Boulder. In fact 2017 marks the first time in many years there will be no turkey themed runs in the city limits as participation at local running events has been on the decline. A long standing local tradition, the Panicking Poultry, run since at least 2002, felt the drop of participation and didn’t open for registration in 2018.

The Boulder Road Runners Turkey Trot has been missing for the last 2 years due in part to construction at the CU research park where the event was held. But Road Runner President Bill Buffam assures it will find a new location and will be back for 2018.

So where to run on Turkey Day?

Updated 10/23/18


Boulder will once again be hosting a Thanksgiving Day 5k thanks to the hard work on TeamBoco and the Boulder Road Runners. Held the morning of Thanksgiving. The 5k will be 2 loops our in the Flatirons Industrial Park with the start and finish at the Bolder Boulder headquarters on 55th and Central Ave.

Details can be found and links to registration can be found here:



Well one event that has been growing like crazy is the FREE Louisville Turkey Trot 5k. The event provides no official results, but there is plenty of competition and an official clock at the finish line, and after all, most are just hoping to get out to run a few miles before packing in the food that afternoon.

Even though its free (you have to bring a donation – non-perishable food or winter clothing please) they still ask that you register.

Louisville Turkey Trot
9:00 AM

Boulder Turkey Trot 5k Run


Turkey Trot 5K
8:30 AM


Turkey Day 5K/10K
9:00 AM


Mile High United Way Turkey Trot 4M
10:00 AM

Fort Collins

Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day Run 4M
9:00 AM


NCMC Turkey Trot 5K and 2K
9:00 AM


And if you need some more running to burn some extra calories get out to Longmont for the Leftover Turkey Trot
Leftover Turkey Trot 5K
Saturday Nov 25 – 10:00 AM

Find more Turkey Trots and events at Colorado Runner Magazine.