Event Details

Start Times

  • 8:00 am – Half Marathon and 5K
  • 8:30 am – 10K Run/Walk
  • All races start at the corner of 6th and C Street. Line up by anticipated pace per mile. Strollers must start in the back.
  • 11:00 am – Kid’s 1 Mile Fun Run*
  • 11:20 am – Kid’s 1/2 Mile Fun Run*
  • 11:35 am – Kid’s 1/4 Mile Fun Run*
  • 11:45 am – Toddler Trot 200 yard Dash*
  • *Times for kids fun runs are approximate. Based on attendance we may break some distances into multiple heats. Be ready to run at 11:00!


All events start and finish at Civic Center Field in Davis, located on B Street near the intersection of B Street and 6th Street.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Kids Runs

Who Can Participate

People of all ages and athletic abilities can participate in the event. Our variety of distances offer an event for every age and ability.


The 5K / 10K / Half and Kids Courses are loop courses that start and finish at Davis’ Civic Center Park. The 5K, 10K & Half start at the corner of 6th and C Streets and finish southbound on B Street just south of 7th Street. They are flat and are 100% paved (asphalt). Approximately half of the 10K travels along North Davis’ greenbelts. The Half also travels through adjacent farmland (paved).


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Awards & Age Divisions

Awards will also be presented to the top 3 finishers per age division in the 5K / 10K / Half Marathon events. Overall Winners are determined by Gun Time. Age Divisions for the 5K/10K are: 9 & Under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+. Half Marathon Divisions are 15 & Under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Age group awards and result placement are based on net (“chip”) time.

We also offer a Challenged Athlete division for the 5K/10K/Half  for those with a physical disability (such as a prosthetic limb, wheelchair athletes). To be placed in this division or request more information, please email us.

An awards pick up tent will be set up on race day. Prizes ARE NOT MAILED, so please check your results on the results computers at the race (or view results on the mobile site using your phone) and pick up age group awards at the event.

The Kids Fun Runs are not timed or scored. All finishers in the Kid’s Runs will receive a finisher’s ribbon.

Awards and Results – Rules

To be considered for inclusion in the race results and be eligible for awards, there are three simple rules to follow. One: wear your bib number (timing chips are on the back of it; leave them there) on the front of your body so that is is visible and unobscured by clothing or race belts. Two: run/walk the division for which you are registered and start at the correct starting time (see top of page for start times). Three: Follow the signs on the route and run/walk the correct course, including crossing the timing mats at the start and finish lines.

You must start at the correct starting time to be listed in the official results and to be eligible for an award. For example, if registered for and running the 5K, you must start at the 5K start. You may not start with the half marathon or 10K, and be considered eligible for an overall or age group result in the 5K.   Know what time your division starts and listen to the announcer at the starting line. You must also be sure to run/walk the race for which you are registered. If you need to change divisions, you can e-mail us through the Wednesday prior to the event to have your division changed and bib reassigned.   Participants who do not follow this process can potentially compromise the race results for their fellow athletes so we ask that all entrants be considerate and participate in the race for which they are registered. Participating in a division for which one is not registered will result in a DQ.

Unregistered “pacers” are not permitted. That is, a person who is not registered for the race cannot accompany you on the route to assist you in achieving a better race time, regardless of the anticipated pace. All participants on the route must be registered for the event.

Standard Entry Includes

Each 5K/10K/Half entry includes a long sleeve technical race t-shirt and commemorative bib number. Kids Fun Run entries include a short sleeve cotton shirt. Refreshments are provided to all in our post-race expo area, as well as live music and a huge kids play area.

Packet Pick Up:

Packets include your bib number with timing chip (5K/10K/Half) and t-shirt. You may pick up your packet either at our Packet Pick Up times as follows:

  • Pre race packet pick up will be held at Fit House in Davis (Corner of 3rd and G Streets, Downtown) on Friday, 11/18 from 1:00 – 5:30 PM
  • Race Day, at Civic Center Field (Race site) from 6:30 AM onwards.
  • Packets cannot be mailed.

If picking up on race day, we suggest arriving at least 90 minutes early to pick up packet. To avoid race day lines, we strongly encourage pre-race packet pick up.

Course Time Limits

Time limits are as follows: 5K- 1.5 hours, 10K – 2 hours, Half Marathon – 3 hours 30 minutes. If an athlete is on the course and not on pace to finish within the required timeframes, course marshals may offer a ride back to the finish line. Participants can also opt to continue and obey the rules of the road but must note that cones, road closures and aid stations may not be in place.  Although we will make every effort to provide one, we cannot guarantee finish times to those finishing beyond the course cut off.

Course Etiquette

While participating in the event, please be mindful of others on the route. At times different divisions may merge courses and faster runners in one event may be passing slower athletes in another event. As such, we remind all athletes to follow basic course and bike path etiquette, which is: run / walk on the right, pass on the left. Do not run or walk more than 2 abreast, as it can create a “wall” and make it hard for those behind you to pass. Do not stop running suddenly in the middle of the path or road; move to the right hand side before stopping. Consider letting other athletes whom you are passing know that you are “on their left” as you approach. Never run backwards into oncoming runners. Of course, have fun while participating. Encourage your fellow athlete. Running and walking is a fun sport and one of the best parts of participating in an event like this is the motivation from others around you!

Finisher’s Medals

Finisher’s medals are awarded to those in the individual half marathon. The finisher medal is included in the half marathon entry fee.

Optional Participant Medal

We offer an optional participation medal for those who desire a medal to commemorate their achievement at the 2016 Davis Turkey Trot. There is no finisher medal included in the entry fee for the 5K, 10K or Kids Run (although Kids Fun Run entrants do receive a ribbon), and the optional participant medal is an ideal choice for those entrants who would like a medal. The medal cost is $5  and can be paid upon registering for the event. The first cut off for a guaranteed medal is October 19. After this time, medal sales will continue until all medals have been sold. Order early to ensure a medal.

Pre-ordered medals that are not picked up on race day are not mailed. Be sure to pick up your medal at the Participant Medal Pick Up Tent.

Note: The optional medal is an entirely different medal from the Half Marathon finisher’s medal.

Chip Timing, Real Time Results and Live Tracking

The 2016 Half Marathon, 5K & 10K events will be timed using disposable RFID chip technology. Timing chips will be adhered directly to the back of your race bib. There is nothing to put on your shoe, or return after the race. Timing mats will capture you as you cross the start line and again as you cross the finish line. Live tracking will be available during the event with split times on the half marathon. Use the results page (see tab to right) on event day to access live tracking.

After the event, you will be able to check your race results on the available computer kiosks (weather permitting) or on a mobile device.

Pace Groups for Half Marathon

We will have 14 pacers at the event helping you reach that goal finish time and maybe even a PR. Pacers are from the Golden Valley Harriers, an awesome Davis running club, and we are so thankful for these individuals who are donating their time and running expertise to make your half marathon that much more awesome. Pace groups start at 1:30 goal finish and increase in 5 minute increments up to 2:30, plus 2:45 and 3:00. Look for the pace leaders in the signature yellow GVH singlet at the start line or along the course.


Over 500 volunteers from the community help make the annual Davis Turkey Trot possible. Individuals and groups interested in volunteering may contact our volunteer coordinator for more info.

Professional Photography:

The Davis Turkey Trot will have multiple professional photographers from Facchino Photography along the course as well as at the start & finish to capture your image as you participate in the event. Photos are available to view/purchase. Expect photos to be online approximately one week after the event. We will post the link on our Davis Turkey Trot facebook page when they are live.

Safety Rules for All Entrants:

Bikes, in-line or roller skates, hoola hoops, trikes, scooters and pets (except guide/service dogs) are not permitted. The use of ipods (headphones) etc. are discouraged for your safety (so that you can hear directions from mother-daughter pairannouncers, Police, volunteers, etc).  If you opt to listen to music, we suggest listening in one ear only and keeping the volume at a level so that you can hear vehicles, course marshals and runners around you. If you wear headphones and run the wrong way because you could not hear the directions of a course marshal or police officer, we will not have any sympathy. Unregistered walkers, runners or pacers  are not permitted on the race course. Strollers and baby joggers are only permitted in the 5K and 10K events and are asked to start towards the back for safety. Wheelchairs are permitted in all distances. Racing wheelchairs should notify start line official so that they may have a 1 or 2 minute lead (depending on course).

Sweat/Gear Check

A gear check will be set up on event day. Translucent plastic bags will be provided for you to place your non-valuable items. Sharpies will be available for you to write your bib number on your bag. Your bib number will be needed to pick your bag back up at the end of the event. We will keep the area secure, however, ask that you do not leave valuables, as we will not be held responsible for lost items. Unclaimed items left at sweat check upon the conclusion of the event will be held for two days and then donated to charity.

Refund Policy:

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All entries are non-refundable and non-transferable under any and all circumstances. Event happens rain or shine. We reserve the right to cancel the event if there is an Act of God, threat of terrorism or unforeseen circumstance out of our control which would make it unsafe for athletes, spectators and volunteers to attend the event. Please see the bottom of the registration page for a complete list of race rules.