Where is the event going to be taking place?

We’re elated to be returning to our home course in the Dana Point Harbor this year! Our packet pick-up and Health & Wellness Expo will take place in the Dana Marina Plaza, located on the corner of Golden Lantern & Dana Point Harbor Drive. Our start/finish line is located right on Dana Point Harbor Drive.
Enjoy pounding surf, rugged cliffs, and cool ocean breezes as you sail through the Dana Point Marina, Doheny State Park and pass the Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor.
Not in Dana Point this year for the holiday? No problem! Run the Race Before you Stuff Your Face any time you want during Thanksgiving Week with our virtual race option!

I Registered online - where do I check-in?

You can pick up your race day packet at our 2 Day Health & Wellness Expo, taking place Wednesday, November 24 & Thursday, November 25 (race day).

Expo Hours:

November 24: 12:00 – 7:00 PM

November 25: 6:00 – 11:00 AM


Dana Marina Plaza parking lot, located on the corner of Golden Lanter and Dana Point Harbor Dr.

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Can I pickup my family or friends medal and t-shirt for them?

Yes. When registering, check the box that reads Family & Friends Packet Pick-up. You may create a team for all the participants you need to pickup for. If you’ve already registered, you can edit your registration at https://myevents.active.com/DanaPoint 

What time will races be taking place?

Dana Point Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 25, 2021 Schedule

6:00am-11:00AM Health and Wellness Expo

6:00AM Check-in & Onsite Registration opens

7:00AM 10K Start

8:30AM 5K Start

9:10AM Costume Contest

9:30AM (2nd) 5K Start

10:15AM Kids’ 1-Mile Gobble Wobble Start (ages 5-12)

Please plan to arrive at least 60-90 minutes before your start time!

What's the difference between the two 5K runs?

There is no difference in the races (no masters vs. open race, age limitations, etc.) – it’s just a matter of time preference. Both runs will be timed.
We do ask that those who are planning on walking or running with a stroller please line up towards the back of the starting line staging area. 

Where Do I park for the event?

Dana Point Turkey Trot Parking

Free shuttles will be available from Dana Hills High School, located at 33333 Golden Lantern Street.

Dana Hills High School Shuttle Service Schedule

5:30am: Shuttle service begins at Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor.

11:30am: Shuttle service from Dana Point Harbor to Dana Hills High School ends.

Additional parking locations:

Dana Point Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero

Along Golden Lantern north of the Dana Marina Plaza

La Plaza Park and shopping center

Neighborhoods surrounding the Harbor and the Lantern District

Along Del Prado or Pacific Coast Highway – take the stairs down Heritage Park or walk down Golden Lantern to Dana Point Harbor Drive

$2 hourly parking or $15 daily parking is available at Doheny State Beach.

Please note that in order to park at Doheny you must enter before 6:00am.

Also, once the 10K starts, cars will not be able to exit the lot until approximately 8:00am.

Parking in the Harbor area will be limited. Please plan accordingly.

Can I Register on race day?


Please note, we strongly recommend registering in advance to ensure that we have your race shirt size as well as enough medals for all of our participants. There will also be a price increase the week of the event – so save $ and register now!

Can I switch race distances?

Yes, you can always switch race distances if there is still capacity in the event you are looking to switch into.  Log into your MyEvents.ACTIVE.com account, find your race entry, and click the “Change category” button to make update to your registration.

  • Switching from a longer distance to a shorter distance or Virtual: There is no fee to switch to a shorter distance. There are no refunds for the difference in price between the two distances.
  • Switching from a shorter distance to a longer distance: You will be prompted to pay the difference in fee from the shorter distance to the current cost of the longer distance.
  • Switching to Virtual Run: There is no fee to switch to Virtual. If you are promoted to pay, please email us and we will make the switch for you.

Onsite, we can help you with whatever changes you have by visiting the “Solutions” tent.

How early should I arrive on race day?

We recommend that you arrive 60-90 minutes prior to the start of your race to allow yourself time to find parking and get to the packet pick-up area.

What are the age groups for awards?

The top 3 male and female finishers overall in the 10K will receive a cash award. 

The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group in the 10K & both 5K races will receive an award. Please see the age groups below:

12 & Under

Awards must be picked up on-site at the Awards table after the race (located next to Onsite Registration & Solutions Booths).  This will be located within the Expo tent after the race.  Age group awards only available for 5K & 10K races.

Where can I view a Course Map?

Course maps are available for viewing or downloads here.

I need to edit my registration. Where can I do this?

You can edit your registration here. Onsite, we can help you with whatever changes you have by visiting the “Solutions” tent.

Will there be a gear check area?

Clear gear check bags will be provided on race day.  Luggage or large bags will not be accepted.

Gear check will be located inside the Health & Wellness Expo, near the Packet Pick-up Tent.

How does chip timing work?

Great question.

Chip timing starts the race clock when you cross the start line, and ends when you cross the finish line. It doesn’t matter if it took you 45 seconds to get to the start line after the race gun went off, or 45 minutes. Your clock starts when you do.

Tips for Accurate Chip Timing:

First, don’t remove the timing chip from the back of your bib thinking that it’s unnecessary because it doesn’t have your number on it.

Additionally, make sure that your bib isn’t folded or wrinkled, pin it in all four corners so that it’s flat, and make sure that all race officials can see your bib. It should be on the front of your shirt and shouldn’t be covered by clothing or runner belts.

Where should I wear my race bib?

Putting on your race bib correctly is an essential step to having a great race. It’s important that our race team can see your bib so we know that you’re an official participant. You also want to make sure that the professional photographers on the course can clearly see your bib because they use your unique race number to match you and your race photos.

For all these reasons, it’s critical that you put your race bib on the FRONT of your shirt, not the back. 

*Don’t worry, we’ll provide you with safety pins!

Do I need to attach my timing Chip?

No, your timing chip will be attached to your bib – so no further steps are needed.

What happens if it rains?

No matter the weather, The Trot will go on! We recommend dressing in layers so you can be comfortable all morning.

When and where will the race results be posted?

After the race, a link to the results will be posted on our website at TurkeyTrot.com

What if my results are missing or inaccurate?

Please email all results inquiry directly to our timing company, Spectrum Timing Services.  Please include the name you registered under, your bib number, and estimated finish time in your inquiry email to expedite your request.

Will there be race photos?

Yes, we will have photographers on-site to capture amazing action shots of you running the Harbor (make sure to wear your bib in a clearly visible location!). A link to photos will be posted on our site 24-48 hours after race completion and you will be emailed a link to the gallery as well, following the race.

For those of you sharing your own snaps on social media, make sure to tag us so we can share! Use the hashtag #DPTurkeyTrot on Instagram and Facebook, and please tag us – we are on Instagram @dpturkeytrot and Facebook @danapointturkeytrot.

You can also email us your photos!!  Email to turkey@danapointchamber.com – we can’t wait to see them!

Can I run the Gobble Wobble with my young child?

Yes. Each registered Gobble Wobbler can have one older companion run with him/her. Companions must be 14 years of age or older.

Can my dog run with me?

We love dogs and four-legged family members deeply, but for their safety and the safety of your fellow racers, we ask that you leave your dogs at home for this event.

Are strollers allowed on course?

Yes. Strollers are allowed on course. We recommend lining up toward the back of the Start Line. Please note, your child must be registered for the race to receieve a t-shirt and medal. 

What charities does Turkey Trot support?

This year’s race will benefit two local organizations – Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley & Music Preserves Foundation. Click here to learn more about their amazing missions and ways that you can help.


Can I volunteer?

YES! We are always looking for amazing VolunTURKEYs to join our amazing volunteer team. Fill out a quick volunteer form and a member of our team will be in touch.

Will participants be required to be wear masks?

If you are not fully vaccinated, we recommend that you wear a mask or face covering for the safety of yourself and others.

Will participants be required to be vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated status or a pre-entry negative test result is strongly recommended for all attendees. Attendees without vaccination status are recommended to wear face coverings. Schedule your free vaccine shot here!

What is your refund policy?

Due to the nature of the event and advanced ordering of supplies, no refunds will be issued for any reason.  

What if the Race is Canceled due to the Pandemic?

We are optimistic that the 2021 Dana Point Turkey Trot will take place as scheduled on November 25th, 2021. However, for peace of mind, we want to let you know what would happen if it is determined that the event cannot take place as planned.

If that were to happen we will offer the following options to our registered runners:

  • Postponement – if possible we will reschedule the race for a date later in the year. 
  • 100% deferral to the 2022 event

Please note, we have a no refund policy and these options will only become available if the event cannot take place as planned.

What safety measures will be in place?

The event will adhere to current CDC guidelines at the time of the event.
We will follow all of the CA Department of Public Health guidelines for large outdoor events. Review those guidelines HERE.
We ask that all of our participants complete a self-check and individuals who, within fourteen (14) days of the event, have experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath among others, refrain from participating in the event.
More details available here.

Can I transfer my registration to 2022?

No. Unfortunately, there are no transfers. However, you may allow a family member or friend to participate in your place.
Edit your registration at

How Can my business host a booth in the Expo?

Our two-day Health & Fitness Expo is the perfect way to interact with participants. Promote your business, build awareness, offer samples and more. Download the expo form.  For more information, contact the event coordinator, Katie McGann, at turkey@danapointchamber.com  

Can my business place an offer in the Virtual Event Bag?

Yes, please!
In lieu of a traditional goody bag, we offer our participants a Virtual Goody Bag (VGB)! Not only is a virtual goody bag more environmentally friendly, but it offers a longer opportunity to advertise to our participants (60+ days)! The Virtual Goody Bag is sent to all participants of the Dana Point Turkey Trot Race, as well as our volunteers.

If would like information on placing an ad in the runner’s virtual goody bag, please download our vendor/VGB packet here, or contact turkey@danapointchamber.com

If I don’t live in Dana Point, can I still register?

Of course! We get runners from all over the country who register for the Turkey Trot. Our virtual runner option means that there is no limit to where you can trot – near, far, where ever you are!