11/22/2018 @ 8:30am
Turkey Day 5K Supporting North Carolina Animal Shelters & Rescues
5K, 1 Mile Run
Garner, NC


**Online registration is now closed.  You can still register at our early packet pickup Tuesday evening from 4:00 until 6:30 at Matt Davis State Farm Office on Aversboro Road in Garner or the morning of the race between 7 and 8 am.  Cash or check please. The cost of registration remains $30 - 13 years+ and $20 - 6 to 12 years. Unfortunately, there are no more t-shirts available.

**The only parking for the race is in Lake Benson Park.  White Deer Park will be closed to traffic.

**Remember we are doing a pet canned food drive to help sick and elderly shelter pets.  We will have a tent in the parking area for collection of your donations and all who donate will be eligible to win a $25 Starbucks gift card. 

See you Thursday morning!

What is the Turkey Day 5K?

The Turkey Day 5K is a fun, festive holiday event the whole family can enjoy together…a tradition in the making!  And all for a great cause.  Race options include a Competitive 5K, Recreational 5K and a 1M Fun Run/Walk.  Competitive runners will appreciate the relatively flat course with paved trails; recreational runners and walkers will enjoy the beauty of the parks.  Thanksgiving themed costumes, decorated wagons, strollers and baby joggers are encouraged.  Well socialized dogs are welcome on a 6’ or shorter leash…no retractable leashes will be permitted.

Why support the Turkey Day 5K?
Over 20,000 dogs and cats enter NC shelters every month - that's over 240,000 homeless animals each year. Although most of them are healthy and adoptable, 44% never make it out alive.  The TeddyRox Foundation raises much needed funds to provide shelters and rescues with supplies and lifesaving resources to ensure North Carolina's homeless animals get the help and ultimately the loving homes they deserve. This is why we created the Turkey Day 5K.

10% of all registration fees will be donated to the K-12 school with the most mentions during registration. You will be asked to enter the name of the school you are supporting on the registration page.  (One school only per registration)

The 5K Course

The 1 Mile Course

Race T-Shirts
All participants registered by November 7, 2017 are guaranteed a race t-shirt.

Awards (Competitive 5K Only)

Overall*: 1st & 2nd Place Male & Female 
1st & 2nd Place -  Fitbit Fitness Trackers
 *Overall winners are not eligible for age category awards.

Age Categories - 1st & 2nd Place Male & Female:
1st Place - $25 Pet People Gift Card
2nd Place - $20 Dick's Sporting Good Gift Certificate 

Race Day Schedule

8:10  Runners Yoga Warmup
8:20  Announcements
8:30  Competitive 5K
8:35  Recreational 5K
8:40  1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
9:45  Awards (Competitive 5K Only)

All races will begin and end at White Deer Park in the Nature Center Parking Lot.
Participants with dogs, strollers and/or wagons will start at the rear of each race.

PACKET PICKUP  Click on link for additional information regarding packet pickup.
  • Sunday, November 19  2:00 - 4:00 PM 
    Dick's Sporting Goods, White Oak Crossing, 145 Shenstone Blvd, Garner 27529
  • Tuesday, November 21   4:00 - 6:30 PM
    State Farm: Matt Davis, 1401 Aversboro Rd #102, Garner 27529
  • Race Day, Thursday, November 23   7:00 – 8:00 AM
    White Deer Park Nature Center Parking Lot
The only parking for the event is in Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd, Garner. Once parked, you will be directed to the crosswalk on Buffaloe Rd and from there the White Deer Park Nature Center parking lot. (For those that are unfamiliar with the area, these parks are across the street from each other.)

Race Day Canned Food Drive
There is always a shortage of canned food in our shelters.  Canned food helps feed and nurse sick and special needs animals back to good health. Everyone who brings a donation of CANNED FOOD (dog, puppy, cat or kitten food) on race day will receive a raffle ticket and be eligible to win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card.  You do not have to be present to win (but your name and address must be clearly printed on the back your raffle ticket). There will be a tent set up in the parking area to collect canned food donations.

Sponsorship Opportunities
We have many sponsorship opportunities still available – up to and including Presenting Sponsor.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and truly making a difference in the lives of North Carolina’s homeless animals please email teddyroxfoundation@gmail.com for details. We would love to share our sponsorship packet with you!  TeddyRox Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  

Directional Signs
To keep all runners and walkers on track, the 5K and 1M courses will be marked with directional signage.  If you are interested in customizing a directional sign with your pet’s name and photo please contact   teddyroxfoundation@gmail.com for specifics.  The cost for each sign is $100. (No people in the photos please!)


Hope to see you Thanksgiving morning!