Turkey Trot FAQ

Health & Safety

What safety measures will be in place?

We will follow the California Department of Public Health guidelines for large outdoor events.

Will there be added health safety measures at this year's Turkey Trot?

The health and safety of the running community is our top priority. We are working with our city, county, state, and health agency partners to plan a safe and exciting event. We recognize that guidelines are likely to change between now and December and we will continue to keep runners updated on the latest health and safety procedures and guidelines.

Will 2021 Turkey Trot 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!

Will 2021 Turkey Trot participants be required to 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.

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.

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).


Is my registration tax deductible?

Because your registration fee covers the cost of your entry, shirt, and bib – i.e. services and goods, the registration is not tax-deductible.  If you make a direct donation – that amount would be deductible.

What's included with the registration fee?

With your Turkey Trot registration, you will receive our deluxe tech race shirt, digital bib, and an automatic entry into the Hometown Hero Challenge where you can earn additional swag items.

Can I change the distance I initially registered for?

Yes, you can switch your registration to the 5K or 10K when you pick up your bib and shirt at expo or day of pick up or reach out to our Registration Manager at [email protected].

Where do I register on race day?

There will be NO on-site registration, but you can still register from home or via your smartphone until 9am on race day (if space is available).

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 be registered and have a race bib to participate in the event.

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.


How and when will I get my race packet?

Race packets can be picked up at our Packet Pickup at Sports Basement Sunnyvale on November 19th - 24th from 11 am - 7 pm. 

If you register for the Virtual Turkey Trot, your packet will be shipped to the address you provide during registration.

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 as not to impede other participants.

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

Most participants can walk the 5K distance in the allotted time. Due to roadways opening to traffic at 11am, anyone selecting the 10K must be confident in their ability to complete the course within the allotted 2.5 hours.  Please be sure to check your pace so that you will have 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.

Where does the race start?

The race starts at the intersection of West Santa Clara Street and 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 race shirt and bib?

At any of our Packet Pickup days at Sports Basement Sunnyvale from November 19th to November 24th — 11 am to 7 pm daily. Turkey Trot shirts and bibs 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.

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 in the Kids Fun Zone for the Kids Fun Run at 10:15 am.

Will there be water stops along the course?

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

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.

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 reasons, you should stay to the right while out on the course so faster runners can safely pass.

What is the Can-Do 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 25,000 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. Please do not bring cans on race day.

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 is located on their dedicated pages: Healthier Kids Foundation, Housing Trust, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Health Trust.


How do I volunteer?

You can sign up to volunteer here: www.shfb.org/turkeytrot

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.

Will we be able to check our belongings?

Yes, we will have a sweat check available from 6:30 am – 11:30 am 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, a link to the results will be posted on our website at www.svturkeytrot.com.


How do I run the virtual race?

You can complete your virtual 5K/10K run anytime, anywhere from November 25th to November 28th. Run outside, on a treadmill, with family, or on your own. Use our RaceJoy app or your own tracking app to record your time and complete the distance you registered for

When and where can I submit my time?

You can submit your run time on our results page beginning November 25th. If you use our RaceJoy app to complete and track your run, your results will automatically be uploaded to our results page.

What is RaceJoy?

RaceJoy is an application that tracks your 5K/10K run/walk and automatically uploads your results to the results page for your event. This app is free to use and you must download the app before race week from the App Store. You need to carry your phone with you to track your time through the app. You can also track your friends' and family member’s runs and send them cheers or audio messages. Not running? Download the app to watch your runner complete their run as a spectator!

How do I use RaceJoy?

Once downloaded, go through the RaceJoy Tutorial to learn how to find your event and track your run. Once you have selected your event and entered your bib number, you are ready to track your run. Go to My Races on the day you choose to complete your 5K/10K run/walk, and just hit the green ‘GO’ button once you begin! Make sure your GPS tracking is ON and WIFI is OFF (if you are leaving the house for your run). Once you are finished, hit the red ‘END RUN’ button to complete your run and submit your results to the leaderboard. 


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

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

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 http://sjdowntownparking.com/.  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 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 transit to ensure a smooth raceday.

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