Final Event Instructions - RAIN OR SHINE, WE TROT!

Click here for a printable Thanksgiving Day info sheet.

Please read below for final instructions on parking information, start times, t-shirt/bib packet pick up, late registration for your friends, etc. If you registered multiple people using the same email address, this will act as their final event email too.

Click here to find your bib number! (Updated daily. Your bib number will also be available for look up at the expo.)

NOTE: Pets are not allow. Running strollers are allowed in the 5M. Strollers are allowed in the 5K, but must line up with the 5k walkers in the 8:35 a.m. start time and walk. We do not allow running strollers in the 5K in the earlier running waves.

ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL STAY OPEN UNTIL 5 MINUTES PRIOR TO START OF RACE OR FIRST WAVE. ONSITE REG CLOSES AT 10 AM.

PRE -RACE REGISTRATION T-SHIRT/BIB PICK-UP:
Please bring photo ID and signed waiver for yourself and anyone you are picking up for. Please help us by printing a copy of your waiver in advance. This will speed up your time at pick up.
Download adult waiver.
Download kids waiver.

1. Tuesday, November 23 from 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Junior Seau Beach Community Center , 300 N. The Strand, Oceanside.

2. Wednesday, November 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Junior Seau Beach Community Center , 300 N. The Strand, Oceanside.

REGISTRATION ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT:
Thursday, November 25 from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Registration in the Oceanside Civic Center Parking Structure at Ditmar & Civic Center Dr. 
CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE MAP

START TIMES – View the Course Map
Note to 5K Run/Walkers: The 5K will have wave starts, please check your wave start time and be in the correct corral according to your estimated pace per mile time.

CLICK HERE TO SEE START WAVE TIMES

5M Run………………………………..6:45 a.m.
5K Run ………………………………..8:05 a.m.
5K Walk/Strollers …………………. 8:35 a.m.

New Start line is at Tyson Street/Pacific
9-12 yr olds ……………………….. 10:00 a.m.
7 & 8 yr olds ………………………. 10:10 a.m. (Seniors are welcome to start with this race if they would like to run or walk a 1 Mile.)

Start line is at Tyson Park/Strand. Race day registration occurs inside the Civic Center parking garage and ends at 10:30AM
6 yr olds (1/5 mile) ……………… 10:35 a.m.
5 yr olds (1/5 mile) ……………… 10:45 a.m.
4 yr olds (1/5 mile) ……………… 11:00 a.m.

START/FINISH LOCATIONS

  • The 5M & 5K start at 330 N. Coast Hwy in front of the Oceanside Civic Center and *finish on The Strand at the entrance to Betty’s Parking lot south of the Pier. This is a new finishline.
  • For the Kids’ 1-Mile, the start line is at Pacific Street and Pine Street. Kids’ 1/5 mile start line is at The Strand and Seagaze.  Seniors are welcome to join the Race day registration and last minute bib pick up for the kids races occurs at the Civic Center garage until 9:45 am, NOT at the amphitheater.

RUNNERS GEAR
Runners are encouraged to leave items in their vehicles. Limited runners gear check will be available in the Civic Center plaza on the East end of the fountains. You will need your bib to check your gear. Please bring your own re-usable bag. All gear left at the Civic Center after 10:00 am will be transferred to the Information booth located near the finish line. 

FREE RACE PHOTOS
All participants receive FREE race photos after the event. In order to receive your photos, you must wear your bib on race day and have an email address. Look for an email after the race with more details.

SOUVENIRS -Visors, Hats, Socks, and Hoodies.
O’side Turkey Trot souvenirs will be available at the Tuesday and Wednesday at the Expo. On Thursday, the souvenir booth will be in the Amphitheater/Expo at finish area. The Souvenir booth is located at the south end of the amphitheater, across from the Information Booth. If you ordered any souvenirs between Sunday, Nov. 21 and Race Day, please pick these up at the Souvenir Booth Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at the expo. We did not mail these.

THIS EVENT IS CHIP TIMED. YOU MUST WEAR YOUR BIB TO BE TIMED. Please do not cross the start or finish line mats more than once or your time will be disqualified unless you have a combo bib for multiple races. Please confirm you name and age on your bib when you pick it up.

LIVE RESULTS
Sign up for and get results sent straight to your phone seconds after crossing the finish line. Results will be posted in the results tent in the amphitheater as they become available.

For those participating virtually, please log onto RunSignup under the account with the registration and then click on “Submit Virtual Results”. For more information on how to submit your results, see here.

COSTUME CONTEST
Run, walk, or Trot in your favorite costume and participate in our contest at 9:45 am at the main stage in the amphitheater! The top 3 costumes, as voted on by crowd applause, will win a gift card to a local restaurant!

PARKING/DIRECTIONS – DOWNTOWN CITY LOTS ARE FREE ON THANKSGIVING. 
Click here to get directions & road closures.

DIRECTIONS to PARKING:
From the I-5 Freeway:
Take the Oceanside Blvd exit and drive westbound on Oceanside Blvd.
Take a right at Tremont St. (See map) to park at:
1. 3 story Parking Garage at Oceanside Transit Center OR
2. Continue on Tremont to Wisconsin Ave. Turn Left on Wisconsin and then take a Right on Myers St. There are multiple FREE parking lots on the right side of Myers St.

**BUS SHUTTLE**

Complimentary Bus Shuttle Service from Two Locations:
1.    Live Well Center/ Mira Costa College off Mission Ave
2.    Brooks Street Pool

We will be running 2 FREE BUS SHUTTLE service from the Live Well Center at 1701 Mission Ave, and the Brooks Street Pool parking lots,  to the participant drop off area at Horne & Civic Center. Parking in these lots is FREE. The shuttles will start at 6:00 am and will run until 11:00 a.m. Both the Live Well Center and Brooks Street Pool allow our participants to utilize their parking lot free of charge. VIEW THE SHUTTLE MAP HERE.

**TO ALL HANDICAPPED PARTICIPANTS, OUR SHUTTLE DOES NOT HAVE A LIFT!
PLEASE REFER TO THE PARKING DIRECTIONS ABOVE FOR HANDICAPPED SPACES**

If you prefer to be dropped off, please utilize these free drop off locations:
1.    Horne and Civic Center
2.    Freeman and Seagaze.

Carpooling, riding on our bus shuttle, taking the Sprinter or riding your bike are the best modes of transportation to get to the O’side Turkey Trot!

5 Mile & EARLY PARKING
Please arrive and park before 6:15 a.m. Due to street closures, please take Mission W/B to lots on Myers Street or park north of Pier View Way in parking lots and street parking adjacent Surfrider. You can also park in the 3-story parking garage at the Transit Center. Please note: Southbound Coast Hwy will be closed from Monterey to Surfrider on race morning from 6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  After 6:45 am, please enter from Oceanside Blvd, and take Myers, Tremont or Ditmar north until you see empty lots west of Coast Hwy. Parking is also available east of Coast Hwy on the street. 

AWARDS
Stay & pick up your award!

  • 8:30 a.m. The 5M age award ceremony will begin.
  • 10:05 a.m. The 5K age award ceremony will begin.

The top three age group winners receive a gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods and a medal.

FREE PHOTOS
Digital photos will be available online by Sunday in the Results section of our website.

RESTROOMS
Port-a-potties at Civic Center east of PCH, Pier View Way east of PCH, Pier View & Tremont parking lot west of PCH, Pier View & Cleveland parking lot, Pier View & Myers, Mission & Pacific St., Oceanside Amphitheater. Public Restrooms are at Wisconsin Beach Parking & The Strand, Tyson Park & The Strand, Amphitheater, SPRINTER station.

FINISHLINE FOOD/FUN PHOTO BACKDROP/EXPO/SOUVENIRS 
After you finish, please continue walking north towards Beach Community Center.

  • Finishline food will include fresh fruit from Frazier Farms and Dole snacks. The Expo will be on your right. Straight ahead will be Photo area, Results (across from Beach Community Center) and T-shirt Pick up (in-front of Beach Community Center).
  • Souvenirs will be found at the south end of the amphitheater.

EXITING THE EVENT TO PARKING AND BUSES
When exiting the amphitheater please exit north on Pacific to Surfrider to get to shuttle bus pick up and parking north of Pierview east of Coast Hwy.

If you parked South of Pierview/Start line and west of Coast Hwy:
Please exit finish area at Seagaze just south of the finishline.  Please be patient. You will have to cross the trotters on the course at Seagaze/Pacific when time permits.

POST RACE THINGS TO DO
If you’re looking for a place to dine after the race, our sponsor Visit Oceanside has put together a list of all the restaurants open Thanksgiving morning. Check it out!

If you have any other questions, please check our FAQ. Thanks for reading! Have a great race!