Registration for the 2014 Turkey Trot 5k Time Prediction Run is now open!

For over 10 years KAR’s Turkey Trot has given participants the opportunity to race for their well-being before they race for seconds at the dinner table and 2014 will be no exception!  The 2014 Kalamazoo Area Runners Turkey Trot 5K Time Prediction Run will be held on the cross country course at Portage West Middle School (7145 Moorsbridge Rd, Portage, MI 49024) at 9:00am on  Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014.  There will be pre- and post race entertainment in the cafeteria and auditorium starting at 8:00am.

Packet Pick-up and late registration will be held at the following locations:

  • Portage YMCA A-frame building from 5:00 – 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
  • Portage West Middle School Gymnasium from 7:30-8:30am on Thursday, November 27, 2014

No  watches or other timing devices, bicycles, roller blades, dogs or strollers are permitted in this unique event.  Cut off finish time to be included in official results is 40 minutes.  More than 100 fun holiday themed and running related door prizes will be distributed by our holiday entertainers to participants in the cafeteria and auditorium at 10:00am sharp   Must be present to win…..and enjoy the full experience.

Event is $15 (no shirt) for those who  pre-register by  Monday, November 24 ($15 individual/$50 family cap) and $20 (no shirt) for  late/race day registration ($80 family cap). Long sleeve technical shirts may  be purchased for an additional $20 for those who pre-register by November 19, 2014.

Once again we will be suggesting donations to local charities serving individuals in need through the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission and the Portage Community Center.   We will be collecting men’s, women’s and children’s socks for the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, or toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo or a small toy for the child for the Portage Community Center.  Participant with the largest donation will receive a special prize.  Proceeds from registrations and additional online donations will support the Turkey Trot and the Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR).  Race Day donations may be designated directly to your choice of the 3 benefiting organizations.

In addition, more than 80 volunteers are needed to make the event a success.

For more information on the Turkey Trot, including registration, sponsorship and/or volunteer opportunities, contact Race Directors Joy Mills or Scott Taylor or visit