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2017 Updates! Due to increasing attendance, changes to this year's event include:
  • 5K and 10K registration will cap at 4,000. The race will close once 4,000 registrations are received.
  • No Dogs Allowed (see more below)
  • No Race Day Registration
  • Packet Pick Up will be at the Extra Mile Fitness Company Monday - Wednesday

Packet Pick Up

  • Monday November 20, 2017, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Extra Mile Fitness Company - 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Tuesday November 21, 2017, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Extra Mile Fitness Company - 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Wednesday November 22, 2017, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Extra Mile Fitness Company - 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Thursday November 23, 2017, 7:00 am - 7:45 am
    Valparaiso High School Fieldhouse - 2727 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso, IN 46383
Race Day Schedule - November 23, 2017
  • 7:00 am - 7:45 am - Packet Pick Up
  • 7:45 am - Road Closures Begin
  • 8:00 am - 10K Race Starts
  • 8:10 am - 5K Race Starts
  • 9:25 am - 5K Top Finisher Awards, Age Group Awards will be mailed post race
  • 9:35 am - 10K Top Finisher Awards, Age Group Awards will be mailed post race
  • 10:00 am - Roads open to traffic
Road Closures
It is estimated that over 4,000 walkers, runners and volunteers will flock to the streets of Valparaiso on Thanksgiving Day. For everyone's safety, several roads will be closed. The following roads will be closed starting at 7:45 a.m. and will reopen to traffic at 10:00 a.m.
  • Campbell Street (Vale Park Road to Park Avenue)
  • Vale Park Road (Calumet Avenue to Campbell Street)
  • Cumberland Drive (Bullseye Lake Road to Wall Street)
  • Valparaiso Street (Bulleye Lake Road to Wall Street)
Parking
  • Valparaiso High School - (event location), those who park at Valparaiso High School must exit via Vale Park heading WEST, continuing to exit through Keystone Commons Subdivision. Upon exiting the subdivision all traffic will be directed SOUTH.
  • Christ Lutheran Church - 2610 N. Campbell St. - across the street from Valparaiso High School
  • Dyke's Funeral Home -2305 N Campbell St. (0.1 Miles), parking lot is on 10K Route, exiting prohibited until conclusion of 10K race
  • First Baptist Church - 2205 N. Campbell St. (0.2 Miles), parking lot is on 10K Route, exiting prohibited until conclusion of 10K race
  • Cook's Corner Elementary - 358 Bullseye Lake Rd. (0.6 Miles)
  • Growning Kids Academy - 3400 N. Campbell (0.3 Miles)
T-Shirts
Each participant who registers during EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (until midnight on Sunday, October 15, 2017) is guaranteed a performance shirt. To ensure that you receive your desired style and size, please take advatage of Early Bird Registration. Regular Registration, Monday, October 16, 2017 through Wednesday, November 22, 2017, includes you in the race but does not guarantee receipt of a t-shirt or selected size. Please note there is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
Stroller Policy
Strollers are allowed on both the 5K and 10K courses. For your safety and others, strollers start at the back of the race corral.
Dog Policy
Dogs are no longer allowed at the Valparaiso Turkey Trot. While we love our four-legged participants, we made this change to ensure the safety of our 4,000 two-legged runners and walkers and to comply with the high school rule of "No Dogs" in the VHS Fieldhouse. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
MEDALS
New this year, all participants receive a Finisher Medal! Show off your amazing accomplishment of finishing the 5K or 10K event! Please visit our Medals Page for more infrormation about AGE GROUP WINNER MEDALS!