Everything you need to know about the 2023 Turkey Trot

Posted on November 20, 2023

Somerville 5K Turkey Trot. 9 am, Thursday, November 23. www.SomervilleTurkeyTrot.com

We’re looking forward to the 8th Annual Somerville 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day!

Thanks for your support!

All proceeds from the race will benefit programs, events and facilities offered by Somerville Recreation. Next year, we will add inclusive playground elements at 2 of our parks for all to enjoy! Donations are still being accepted.

Location, date and time

  • Engine Company No. 1 (170 E. Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08876)
  • The race starts at 9 am on Thanksgiving (November 23)

Registration and packets

  • Online registration closed on November 17
  • Registration and packet pick up will open at 7 am on November 23
  • You may register in person, before the race
    • from 7 to 8:45 am
    • $40, cash only (exact change appreciated)


  • Shirts will be provided for registrations received by November 17
  • Shirts are sold out and will not be provided for same-day registrations


Free parking will be available at 59 Veterans Memorial Drive East. The parking deck entrance is between Warren St. and Hamilton St. Please follow the signs directing traffic.


  • 7:00 am – Check in opens and same-day registration starts
  • 8:45 am – Registration closes
  • 8:45 to 10 am – Rolling road closures (see below)
  • 9:00 am – Race starts

Race course and road closures

Residents: Please plan for rolling road closures from 8:45 to 10 am, along the race course, on:

  • Veterans Memorial Drive E
  • S. Bridge Street (between Veterans Memorial Drive E and 5th Street)
  • 5th Street to Center Street to 4th Street to Hamilton Street
  • Southside Avenue (between Hamilton Street and Loeser Avenue)
  • Loeser Avenue
  • Nimitz Street to Watson Street
  • Fairview Avenue to James Street to Main Street (back to Veterans Memorial Drive E)


  • Please line up according to speed– the fastest runners should be up front, and walkers, dogs, and strollers towards the rear.
  • Instructions on how to wear bibs correctly
  • View race results
  • Gift certificates from Casa Luna and Gabriel’s Fountain Kitchen & Creamery will be awarded randomly
  • The overall M/F winners will receive a $150 VISA card and a trophy
  • A trophy will be awarded to the team with the greatest number of participants
  • Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in the following divisions
    • Overall
    • 10 and under
    • 11-14
    • 15-19
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 70+


We will be collecting items for the Somerville Alliance for Food Education (SAFE). Please consider bringing donations of:

  • Shelf Stable Food: canned milk, instant coffee, tea, juices, pasta, rice, canned/jarred fruits and vegetables, cooking oils, canned meals, cold and hot cereals, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, canned tuna, salmon and meats, dried/canned beans, dried fruit, nuts
  • Hygiene Products: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, mouthwash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, diapers (newborn to adult sizes), wipes (body and baby), menstrual products, face wash, household cleaning supplies, toilet paper, tissues, sunscreen, combs and brushes, chapstick/lip balm, hand soap, reusable water bottles, hand sanitizer


We would like to acknowledge these sponsors for their generous support:

  • American Legion Post 12
  • Base Entertainment Group
  • Branchburg Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery
  • Brown & Brown
  • Casa Luna
  • DGM Management
  • Gabriel’s Fountain Kitchen & Creamery
  • LFTD Fitness Co
  • Millennium Communications Group
  • Providence Risk Group
  • RAM Law
  • RWJUH Somerset/RWJ Barnabas Health
  • Somerville Civic League
  • Somerville Elks Lodge BPOE 1068
  • Starbucks
  • T and M Associates
  • Taylor Oil
  • Unity Bank
  • Universal Lacrosse
  • Village Brewing
  • Viscofan
  • Wegmans
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