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Virtual Turkey Trot and Costume Photo Contest

Sat November 21 - Sun November 29 Arden, NC 28704 US

The Virtual Turkey Trot and Photo Contest Has Been Cancelled.

Times are strange. We are all feeling uneasy about the virus and the holidays. Sadly, because of lack of interest, we are cancelling the virtual Turkey Trot for this year. We hope you will continue to stay connected with us. Please visit our website at to learn about all the programs we offer our community. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!


Virtual Event - In Your Neighborhood or Wherever You Want to Participate
Arden, NC US 28704


Do you love a good Turkey Trot, but don't want to be in a large crowd this year? Has your traditional Turkey Trot been cancelled? Here's your solution!

Get your Turkey Trot on in The Joseph Initiative's 1st Annual Virtual Turkey Trot and Photo Contest - a holiday event that is different than the rest and is sure to be fun. And the winner of the photo contest receives a $200 Gift Card to Ingle's Markets!

Race Fee

  • One Person - $20
  • Two People - $35
  • Up to 5 People - $65

Here's How it Works

  • Thanksgiving week, you select the day you want to do your Turkey Trot.
  • Put on your best Thanksgiving costume and get out and walk, hike or run the 5k (3.1 miles).
  • Take a photo of you (and your friends/family) in your costume(s) and email it to us (we will provide the email address in your registration confirmation).
  • Log your miles here at RunSignup before 11:59pm on November 29th.
  • We will post your photo submission on our website (if registering two people or a family, there will only be one photo submission allowed per registration).
  • Starting December 1st, we will open up voting so you and your friends/family can vote on your costume photo.
  • On December December 16th, we will award a $200 Ingle's Markets Gift Card to the person whose photo has the most votes.

Where Will the Proceeds Go?

All the proceeds from this event will go to further developing our Y.E.S. Chef! Youth Culinary Program. This is one of our Brighter Futures Youth Enrichment Service programs, and is designed to bring local talent to our WNC restaurant/hospitality community while investing in Asheville’s future culinary artisans. We team up four high school students with the chef at a participating restaurant where he/she mentors them in the fundamentals of culinary technique. While working in the restaurant they learn to create two healthy food items that are presented in our culinary competition. The program has been so successful that several of the young adults who participated are now working in restaurants at The Biltmore. To learn more about the program and all that The Joseph Initiative is doing, please visit our website at

The Joseph Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is building programs that focus on commonalities and collaboration, so our youth are better equipped to become thriving community members who care for their neighbors. Your registration free may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. We advise you to consult with your tax advisers or the IRS to determine whether your charitable contribution is deductible.


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