Asheville Turkey Trot

The South Asheville Turkey Trot is expected to draw 1,500 runners, loads of spectators and volunteers as the race returns to an in-person format this year.

The South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K returns to Biltmore Park Town Square on Nov. 25 to celebrate the most popular running holiday in the United States.

Registration is open now, and the event is expected to fill up fast so runners are encouraged to sign up soon.

“We can’t wait to welcome back our community and visitors to WNC for the Thanksgiving holiday. This will be like the largest family reunion ever,” said Race Director Daphne Kirkwood.

Through the years, Thanksgiving has become the largest running holiday of the year as turkey trotters start the food fest early by making room for the calories to come. While some enjoy the fresh air and exercise before gathering around the table, others share miles and smiles with others along the route.

This year’s race is limited to 1,500 in-person participants. In keeping with safety protocols, the race will be offered in a virtual version, as well, by completing 5k runs anytime, anywhere and submitting results on the Race Roster page.

The race will take place throughout Town Square and surrounding neighborhoods within Biltmore Park. The 5K course will be fully marked along pavement with rolling to moderate inclines and hills.

There will be plenty of parking near the start and finish line

To register for the South Asheville Turkey Trot, visit

Lending a Helping Hand

This year’s Turkey Trot continues its tradition of supporting Sheep Dog Impact Assistance.

Sheep Dog will use the funds it receives from the race for several of its programs, including purchasing and providing care packages for first-responders on Christmas Eve plus providing Christmas meals and gifts for children and families of veterans and first-responders. Funds also will be used to send veterans and first-responders who struggle with post traumatic stress disorder to a dedicated program for additional support and resources.

Race participants may donate directly to Sheep Dog when registering online.

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