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Thu November 28, 2024 Joplin, MO 64801 US Directions
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Joplin Turkey Trot 1 Mile Fun Run

$20 7:30AM CST - 8:00AM CST Price increases after October 31, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT

Joplin Turkey Trot 5K

$37.50 8:00AM CST - 9:30AM CST Price increases after July 19, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT

Joplin Turkey Trot Virtual 5K

$50 Registration ends November 28, 2024 at 8:05am CST


602 S. Main Street
Joplin, MO US 64801



Welcome to the 13th Annual Joplin Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk in Downtown Joplin! Runners and walkers are encouraged to join us on Thanksgiving morning for what has become a family tradition for many. This CERTIFIED 5K course begins and ends right in front of Joplin City Hall on Main Street, which is closed to traffic. Participants of the 5K will enjoy a super soft event shirt,  AMAZING FINISHER MEDAL, chip timing, start/finish line announcing by BoCa Enterprises, music by Resonation, Krispy Kreme donuts, and coffee. As Joplin’s largest 5K, this is a race you don’t want to miss!

1 Mile Fun Run Start Time: 7:30am

5K Start Time: 8:00am

Packet Pick-up:
Early packet pick-up: Wednesday, November 27 at a place and time TBD
Late packet pick-up will be available on race day from 6:30 am - race start at City Hall.

Chip Timing:

Chip timing provided for all registered 5K participants by Heartland Racing Co.

Event shirts:
5K participants registered by November 14 will be guaranteed an event tee. After November 14, shirts will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Those participating in the 1 Mile Fun Run have the option of adding a shirt to their registration for just $10 until November 14.

Post-Race Goodies:
Runners will enjoy Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee.

5 year age category increments! Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female in the 5K. Age category awards will be given for the following age categories: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

There will be professional DJ playing music and a professional race emcee keeping runners informed during the event.


There will be a photographer on course capturing your finish. All photographs are free to download!

1 Mile Fun Run:
Fun Run participants under the age of 12 will receive a finisher's medal. All Fun Run participants will enjoy post-race snacks and festivities. Fun Run registration does NOT include a shirt, but a shirt may be purchased in addition to the registration via the check-out process.

Joplin Turkey Trot Corporate Challenge:

The Joplin Turkey Trot Corporate Challenge is a fun way to encourage health and wellness for your employees and their families. Joplin area businesses and organizations will compete in two divisions: (1) LARGE EMPLOYER DIVISION (100+ employees), and (2) SMALL EMPLOYER DIVISION (under 100 employees).  Participating businesses/organizations get credit for their employee and employee's family participation.  The 2023 Joplin Turkey Trot Corporate Challenge Champions will be presented trophies at the Turkey Trot. To enroll your organization, email with your organization name and number of employees.

Virtual 5K Option Available!
Runners who can't attend race day can register for the Virtual 5K.  Virtual runners are not eligible for overall or age category awards. Transfers from actual to virtual will not be allowed after online registration closes on November 23 . Virtual runner directions:

Run your virtual race distance anytime during the month of November.
On or after race day (November 23th), post your time result on either the Turkey Trot Event page or on the Starlit Running Co, FB page.
Our staff will then mail the virtual race packet.

We are accepting donations of handmade or gently loved warm scarves and accessories to be donated to Chase the Chill Joplin!


1. Are strollers allowed on course?

   Yes! Please feel free to take your little one/s along for the run. 

2. Is this a pet friendly event?

    Absolutely! Well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed on the race course. 

3. Where should I park?

     Main Street from 2nd to 7th will be closed to traffic. Parking is available on Joplin Avenue and Virginia Avenue.

4.  Can I walk the race?

     Of course! This is a family oriented event with a great mix of walkers and runners.

5.   Will the race be cancelled if the weather is bad?

       We will run rain or shine, wet or dry! Only in the event of severe weather including lightning will we postpone the start until the weather has passed.

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