Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I volunteer?
Is my registration tax deductible?
Because your registration fee covers the cost of your entry, shirt and bib – ie service and goods, the registration is not tax deductible.  If you make a direct donation – that amount would be deductible.
Are bikes, hoverboards, scooters, skateboards, push bikes, unicycles, wagons allowed on the course?

No, due to safety concerns, only baby strollers/joggers and wheelchairs are allowed on the course.  We ask those with baby strollers/joggers to stage in the proper corral to ensure the proper pace and to walk/run on the right side of the course so not to impede other participants.

Can I walk the 5K or 10K as I am not a runner?

Registrants are invited to participate in our events in a safe manner.  Most participants can walk the 5K distance in the allotted time.  The 10K distance can be more challenging as the roadways are opened at 11 am to traffic.  This gives a participant about 2 hours to  complete the course.  Please be sure to check your pace so that you will h ave the best experience at our event.

Is there a place that I can tell my family, friend(s), group to meet at after the race?

Yes, in the main festival area, there will be a designated reunion area with large vertical banners with letters on them where you can meet at.

How Do I Change My Registration Type?

You can switch your registration type 5K or 10K when you pick up your bib and shirt at expo or day of pick up.

Where do I register on race day?

There will be NO on-site registration, but you can still register from home or via your smart phone until 9am on race day (if space is available). Registration will close at 28,000 participants.

Where do I register for the Kids Fun Run on race day?

You can register your child at the packet pick up area starting at 6:30 am.

Are we allowed to run the 5K/10K Turkey Trot without registering?

No.  You must have a race day bib to participate in the event.

Where does the race start?

The race starts at the intersection of Santa Clara Street at First Street.  Please start by lining up at the correct corral designated on your bib – there will be a corral number and an associated color for each corral to make it easier for you to line up.

When/where do we pick up our Turkey Trot long-sleeved race shirts?

At any of our six Packet Pickup days at Sports Basement Sunnyvale from November 22 to November 27 — 11 am to 7 pm daily. Turkey Trot shirts will be given out in the Festival Area starting at 7 am. Shirts are available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes!

Do I need to attach my timing chip?

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

Can I switch from a 5K to a 10K or vice versa?

You can change when you pick up your bib and shirt at expo or on race day pick up.

When and where does the Kids Fun Run take place?

The Kids Fun Zone will open at 9:00 am and the Kids Fun Run starts at 10:30 am at the intersection of South Autumn Street and West St. John Street.  We recommend that you line up at the Kids Fun Zone for the Kids Fun Run at 10:15 am.

How far is the Kids Fun Run?

Kids 2-3 years old will have a 80 yard course; 4-7 year olds will have a 250 yard course.  Parents may run with their children in the 80 yard 2-3 year old race.  We ask that parents who run with their child to stage behind the kids who are running by themselves to ensure a safe event. All age groups will meet a parent at the finish line corral area.  Only one parent/guardian will be permitted to wait for their child at the finish line.

If my child registers for the 5K/10K race, can they still run in the Kids Fun Run?

No, each child must register and have a Kids Fun Run bib to participate in the Kids Fun Run. However, the Kids Fun Zone and activities are open to everyone.

I’ve lost my child, what do I do?

If you are separated from your child while in the Kids Fun Zone, please go to the Kids Stage for assistance.  If you are separated from your child during the Kids Fun Run, go to the starting line stage.  If you lose your child in any other area, find a medical station or go to that area’s stage and staff will assist you.

If I don’t want to drive to the race will the bus, lightrail or train be running?

Yes, please visit the VTA website for more information about the holiday schedule for lightrail and buses! However, Caltrain will not have an early enough train for the Turkey Trot. Please check holiday scheduling for respective public tranit to ensure a smooth raceday.

Where is the best place to park on race day?

There are a number of parking locations within a short walk from the Start and Finish lines. Many of the parking garages are free.  Visit  A map of updated parking is HERE.

How early should I get to the starting line on race day?

You should plan to be at the starting line 40 minutes prior to your respective start time. Remember that you need to have enough time to park and make it to your designated corral with 28,000 other runners and walkers!


Where can I park my bike on race morning?

There are several public bike racks available downtown. Please bring your lock and feel free to find a spot that’s closest to your start corral.

Where are the nearest transit stops?

The nearest transit stop to the starting line is Santa Clara Street via the VTA light rail. For the finish line and volunteer area, use the San Jose Diridon station, which is served by buses, light rail, Caltrain, ACE and Capitol Corridor. Please check holiday scheduling for respective public tranit to ensure a smooth raceday.

Are bikes, roller blades, scooters, skateboards or pets allowed on the course?


Will there be water stops along the course?

Yes, there will be three water stations approximately every 1.5 miles along the course.

Will there be Medical assistance on/along the course?

There will be medical staff patrolling the course. We will have 10 EMTs on ATVs and bikes for your safety, as well as 2 ambulances on the course.  The medical tent will be located just past the finish line on the left hand side across from the Santa Clara street and Delmas intersection.

I’ve lost someone (child, parent, friend) what do I do?

Go to an information booth near the starting line, (located on the corner of Santa Clara and First) one of the two stages (located in the Main or Kids Festival sites).

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are located at the starting line, in the festival area, in the Fittest Firm area, in the Kids Fun Zone, near the Finish Line, and across the street from the main entrance to the SAP Center.

Where is Volunteer Check In?

Volunteer check in is located in “Sharks Ally” at the corner of W. St. John Street and N. Montgomery Street under the stairs near the back entrance to the SAP Center.

How do I get my volunteer slip signed for school?

Report to an information booth after your shift to have you hours signed off by someone staffing the booth.

If I am an Elite or a PA/USATF athlete and have questions who do I contact?

JT Service at [email protected] or (408) 406-6490

Where is the Elite and PA/USATF race start and finish line?

The four-loop criterion course and race details can be viewed here.

Where do invited Elite athletes pick up their bibs?

Elite athletes will receive directions once confirmed by the Elite Race Coordinator.

Will we be able to check our belongings?

Yes, we will have a sweat check available from 6:30 am – 11:30am in the Festival Area.  All items must be in a clear stadium style bag or sack.

Where will we be able to see the official race day pictures?

Race day photos will be available by a photography company.  You can access the link from our homepage and will be emailed a link as well following the race.

Where and when will the race results be posted?

After the race, results will be posted on our website at

Are dogs allowed?

No.  Only certified service animals with proper documentation are allowed.

Are baby strollers allowed in the race?

Yes, but please be sure to calculate your proper estimated course time so you will be in the correct corral and will not impede other participants.  For safety reason, you should stay to the right while out on the course so faster runners can safely pass.

What is the Can-Do Community Challenge?

The “Can-Do” Challenge asks race participants to bring canned goods for those in need: Bring 5 canned food items to help us supply 53,000 pounds of food to be donated to the Second Harvest of Silicon Valley.  Cans can be dropped off at Packet Pick up at Sports Basement Sunnyvale.

Where are the nearest restaurants?

There are a lot of restaurant options in downtown San Jose.  Please visit for a list of locations.

Can you tell me more about the five charities benefiting from the Turkey Trot?

The information about the five beneficiaries of the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” are located on this page: Our Beneficiaries.