Get ready for the 50th Ithaca Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning!

Good day, runners! Thanksgiving is coming soon, so it’s time to start thinking about the 50th running of the Ithaca Turkey Trot prediction run, with pies from Purity Ice Cream to the five closest predictions—and a fun run for all! This year we have 50th Turkey Trot long-sleeve T-shirts available for $20. Pre-order online to reserve your size or purchase at the run.

What better way to start Thanksgiving Day than to run/jog/walk/crawl 5.5 miles (or any distance you desire—the challenge is to predict how long you’ll be out) and then enjoy baked goods donated by Ithaca Bakery, apples courtesy of Cornell Orchards, apple cider provided by FLRC, and the possibility of winning a pie from Purity Ice Cream to decorate your Thanksgiving dinner table. Bring your friends and family!

We will once again be collecting money for Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County, a nonprofit organization that provides a place for free meals, hospitality, companionship, and advocacy for those in need in the community. You can donate online before the event or bring cash to the event. The suggested donation is $10.

No pre-registration is necessary though you can donate funds or pre-order a shirt in advance of the event. Either way, you’ll fill out your prediction when you arrive. Please come to the Ithaca High School cafeteria between 7:30–8:30 AM for the 9:00 AM start. There will be no COVID-19 restrictions, though anyone who wishes to wear a mask is welcome to do so.

Do you have a friend or family member who would like to participate but isn’t up for a run or walk? We could use a few more volunteers. Contact Race Director Bruce Roebal here on the forum or via direct email to to offer your assistance.

Gobble gobble!


Is there a route map available? I’m wondering if pushing my 3 year old in a Chariot would work. Hills are fine, trails are a maybe.

Yes, it’s on the race page. The first trail up the hill into Cayuga Heights would not be passable with a stroller, but you could take a different route up, if you wanted, or just make up your own version of the course around Stewart Park and the golf course if going up and down isn’t that much fun.