Annual Turkey Day 5K returns to Frisco on Thanksgiving morning |

Annual Turkey Day 5K returns to Frisco on Thanksgiving morning

Summit Daily staff report
Runners take off down the Frisco rec path for the Turkey Day 5K fun run in 2014. The race returns to Frisco on Thanksgiving and is expected to draw nearly 500 cold-weather runners.
Todd Powell / Special to the Daily |

Turkey Day 5K

What: A 5K fun run held Thanksgiving Day on the recpath and side streets just outside of Main Street in Frisco

When: Thursday, Nov. 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: 3rd Avenue and Granite Street starting line, Frisco

Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for kids (pre-sale)

The event is open to participants of all ages and is not timed. Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome. Online early registration ends today at noon. Registration jumps to $20 for adults (18 years or older) and $15 for kids (6-17 years old) on the day of the event, beginning at 8 a.m. at the old community center. Entry is free for children 5 years old and younger. For more info or to register, see

Who says that Thanksgiving Day is all about Turduckens, overpriced craft beers and the inevitable post-feast food coma?

The town of Frisco doesn’t think so. On Thanksgiving Day at 9:30 a.m., the town and sponsor Vertical Runner of Breckenridge are hosting the third-annual Turkey Day 5K. The untimed fun run and community fundraiser begins one block off of Main Street and ends on the edge of the Peak One neighborhood. If all goes as planned, organizers are expecting upwards of 500 participants — not too shabby for physical activity on Thanksgiving.

“This has definitely become a Summit County tradition,” said Linsey Joyce, the town’s recreation programs manager. We see the gamut of participants, from really serious runners to walkers dressed as sparkly turkeys. But, at the end of the day, the Turkey 5K is really about community, celebrating the good the year has brought and getting together to run/walk off some turkey pre-meal.”

The Turkey Day 5K is open to all ages. The course follows a mellow route along the Summit County Recreation Path and town of Frisco side streets. It’s a perfect activity for families, young children and occasional runners. The race will start in waves, spaced at three-minute intervals during the morning. Participants can choose their own waves prior to the start.

Of course, this is Summit in November, so be prepared for anything. Portions of the racecourse might pass over surfaces with packed snow or ice, and the event will take place snow or shine. Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome, but snow on the route can make pushing a stroller challenging.

The route

The race begins at the old community center at Third Avenue and Granite Street (110 South 3rd Ave. in Frisco) and ends at the Peak One neighborhood, found approximately four blocks from the start.

The route has been altered slightly this year to include many Frisco side streets. This change was made to avoid deep (and potentially dangerous) patches of snow and ice on portions of the recpath. These areas don’t often get plowed during the winter and are often covered with snow.

Streets will not be closed during the race, but the town is providing course marshals to assist runners.

Run and party for the cause

Early registration for the event is $15 for adults (18 years and older), $10 for youth (6-17 years old) and free for kids 5 years and younger. Early registration ends on Nov. 25 at noon.

Runners can pick up their bib and packet on Nov. 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the old community center at Third Avenue and Granite Street.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Frisco Elementary School’s S.T.E.M. program. Registration fees include a t-shirt for paying participants (while supplies last) and a post-race celebration at the Peak One neighborhood, complete with wassail (hot cider) from The Lost Cajun restaurant and plenty of giveaways.

All participants are encouraged to make a non-perishable food donation at the event. Donations will benefit the Family and Intercultural Resource Center of Summit County.

The Turkey Day 5k needs many volunteers to assist with day-of registration and course marshaling. To volunteer, contact Linsey Joyce at (970) 668-9133 or

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