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Turkey Trot General Info

Registration for the 2018 Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot is NOW OPEN! Click here to go to the registration page!


*View Race Results for 2017 Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot HERE!

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General Information

The Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot kicks off America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

It has been a family tradition in downtown Detroit for the past thirty-five years. Much more than a variety of races (10K / 5K / 1 Mile), thousands of participants dress in costumes.  Often declared “The Parade before The Parade”, participants frolic by the largest spectator crowd in Michigan.  What an awesome way to start Thanksgiving Day!


Event Highlights:

  • Several distances to choose from – the Strategic Staffing Solutions 10K Turkey Trot Run, the 5K Stuffing Strut Run/Walk and family-friendly Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Mashed Potato Mile
  • There are two combination events – the popular Drumstick Double (10K & 5K), and the Cranberry Combo (1 Mile & 5K)
  • All participants receive a long-sleeve, tech shirt featuring our new logo. Medals are awarded to ALL finishers
  • All races are stroller-friendly. However, because of congestion pets are not permitted
  • We award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall for Men and Women in the 5K, 10K, Drumstick Double and Cranberry Combo. We also award 1st place overall Masters Male and Female in those same categories. We don’t give out age group awards but do post results online in 5 different age groups, so you can see how you rank against your peers.

  • Keep up with the latest developments,

Packet Pick-up

For those new to racing, a “packet” consists of your bib number and shirt. Bib numbers are worn on your front (jacket, costume, shirt, shorts, etc.). The timing tag is on the back of the bib. Safety pins are available to secure the bibs.

Packets can be picked up at the following locations November 10 – 17, 2018. Click here for a downloadable listing of the locations.

Gazelle Sports99 West Maple Rd., Birmingham, MI 48009(248) 282-4874M-Fr 10-8; Sa 10-6 Sun 11-4
New Balance37606 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington, MI 48331(248) 324-0506M-Th 10-8; Fr-Sa 10-6
New Balance821 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48083(248) 740-9221M-Th 10-8; Fr-Sa 10-6
New Balance13307 Hall Road Utica, MI 48315(586) 254-5500M-Th 10-8; Fr-Sa 10-6
RUNDetroit441 West Canfield, #5 Detroit, MI 48201 (Next to Shinola & Jolly Pumpkin)(313) 649-7863M-Fr 11-7; Sa 10-6; Sun Noon-4
Total Runner15265 Dix-Toledo Road Southgate, MI 48195(734) 282-1101M & Th 10-9; Tu, W, Fr, Sa 10-6
Running Lab328 W. Main Brighton, MI 48116(810) 225-9123M-W 10-7; Th & Fr 10-8; Sa 10-6; Su 12-4
Running Fit3010 Washtenaw Ave, #105 Ann Arbor, MI 48104(734) 548-6299M-Fr 10-8; Sa 10-7 Su 11-5
Playmakers2299 W. Grand River Okemos, MI 48864(517) 349-3803M-Fr 10-8; Sa 10-6; Su 12-5
Bauman's Running & Walking Shop1473 West Hill Flint, MI 48507(810) 238-5981Tu-Th & Sa 10-6; M & Fr 10-7; Su 12-5

Packet Pickup will also be available at the Cobo Center Turkey Trot Expo on Wednesday, November 21st, Noon-7:00 pm; and on Race Day, Thursday, November 22nd, 6:15-8:30 am.

Click here for 2018 RUNNER LOOK-UP

Questions? Give us a call at 313-247-4149 or shoot us an email at