Turkey Trot

Ready, Set, Trot!

The Honolulu Marathon Clinic presents its 42st Annual Turkey Trot, a popular Thanksgiving Day tradition, where the fastest runner rarely wins the top prize! This 10-mile run, scheduled for November 23, 2017 at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand, awards prizes to those who finish closest to their own predicted finish time.

Why 10 miles? Because we know that the mistakes we make in the first 10 miles of the marathon will haunt us in the last 6. The Turkey Trot is to be run at the same easy pace as the first ten miles of the marathon; trying to hold back the pace when our body tells us to go for it. Clinic Director Dr. Jack Scaff affectionately calls “going for it” the crash-and-burn method.


Registration prior to race day is available here (September 1 – November 21):

There is a registration fee of $10.


Registration on race day is at 6:00 a.m. at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand (November 23).

The run begins as soon as all are registered, so participants are cautioned to arrive early. Each runner is given a tongue depressor blade on which they write their name and their predicted finish time to the second. At the finish line, the blades are collected and times listed.Awards will be given to those coming closest to their own predicted finish time; also, there will be random drawings of finisher names for door prizes. No watches, headphones, or pacing devices are allowed.


  • Thanksgiving Day – November 23, 2017.
  • Kapiolani Park Bandstand.
  • Online Registration is available from September 1 through November 21, 2017.
  • Day-of-Event Registration begins at 6:00 a.m, November 23, 2017.
  • Registration fee: $10
  • Course: 10 miles.
  • Prizes awarded for closest predicted finish times.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Turkey Trot race registration limited to Honolulu Marathon Clinic members?
Anyone is welcome to register to participate in the 2017 Turkey Trot race. That said, the race is oriented to people who are training to complete a marathon. That level of conditioning is appropriate for participation in the Turkey Trot race.

Is there a minimum age to register for the Turkey Trot race?
No, we don’t set a minimum age. Again, as long as the registrant has the  level of conditioning cited above.

Will the Turkey Trot course map be published prior  to the day of the Turkey Trot race?
No, the course map will not be available in advance. That’s so everyone starts with an even chance of winning the race — which, or course, is who finishes closest to their predicted time, not who finishes first.

May iPods or other MP3 players be used by race participants, even if the devices have no displays or other time keeping functions?
No those devices may not be used by race participants. We must prohibit those devices because the use of earphones comprises the safety of their wearers, as well as those of other race participants.

Are strollers or  bicycles allowed on the race course?
Sorry, neither of the above are permitted. The race course cannot safely accommodate strollers or bicycles mixed with race participants.