Turkey Trot

Ready, Set, Trot! The Honolulu Marathon Clinic presents its 39th Annual Turkey Trot, a popular Thanksgiving Day tradition, where the fastest runner rarely wins the top prize! This 10-mile run, scheduled for November 27, 2014 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 is available online, or on the race day at 6:30 a.m. at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

The entry fee will be collected only at the event itself, i.e. is not payable in advance.
Nonetheless please register online, if possible, so that we can make appropriate pre-event preparations.

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. Entry fee is $6 before 11/27/2014; no watches, headphones, or pacing devices are allowed.

Honolulu Marathon Clinic 2014 Turkey Trot

  • Thanksgiving Day – November 27, 2014.
  • Kapiolani Park Bandstand.
  • Online Registration Available.
  • Day-of-Event Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.
  • Online Registration: $6. (Day-of-Event Registration: $7.)
  • 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 2014 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, and 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.

If I complete the Online Registration Form, will I be charged for the event fee if I don’t show up for the event?
Nope, even when you submit the form online, you are not charged the event fee at that time. The event fee is only collected on the day of the event. Complete details are on the form itself.