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Race Facts at A Glance

17th Annual O’side Turkey Trot

Race Date:
Thanksgiving Day, November 24

Oceanside Civic Center

330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054

Registration, Bib Pick Up and Expo:
Tues. Nov. 22   2:30 – 6:00 PM (Junior Seau Beach Community Center, 300 N. The Strand, Oceanside)
Wed. Nov. 23  10:00 –  1:00 PM (Junior Seau Beach Community Center, 300 N. The Strand, Oceanside)

Thurs. Nov. 24 6:00 – 10:00 AM (Oceanside Civic Center Parking Garage, 500 Civic Center Drive. Registration and bib pick up starts at 6 AM inside the Civic Center garage. The expo and shirt pick up opens at 7 am at the Oceanside Amphitheater.)

Register online above or download our paper entry formPaper entry forms will not be accepted after 11/22. They can be mailed to Kinane Events, 603 Seagaze Drive #968, Oceanside, CA 92054.

Race Day Registration and Bib Pick Up:

Thurs. Nov. 24 : 6 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Oceanside Civic Center Parking Structure
500 Civic Center Dr.
Oceanside, CA 92054

Race Day: Post Race T-shirt Pick up and Souvenir Pick up Jr. Seau Beach Community Center


Race Day Registration starts at 6:00AM at the Civic Center

6:45 AM     – 5M Run
8:05 AM     – 5K Run
8:35 AM     – 5K Walk
9:00 AM     – Last wave of 5K walk (estimated finish time 9:55 AM)

Move Your Feet Before You Eat!® 1 Mile

Start at Tyson/Pacific
10:00 AM 1 Mile 9 – 12 yrs.
10:10 AM 1 Mile 7 and 8 yrs.

Tiny Turkey Trot 1/5 Mile

Start at Tyson Park
10:35 AM 1/5 Mile 6 yr.
10:45 AM 1/5 Mile 5 yr.
11:00 AM 1/5 Mile 4 yrs. and under

*All start times are subject to change.


  • Adult Entry 5K $40 by 11/21; $43 by 11/24; $45 on Race Day
  • Adult Entry 5M $45 by 11/21; $48 by 11/24; $50 on Race Day
  • Adult 5k/5M Combo $50 by11/24; $55 on Race Day
  • Sr. (65+) & Active Military 5k $38 by 11/24; $40 on Race Day
  • Sr. (65+) & Active Military 5M $40 by 11/24; $45 on Race Day
  • Sr./Military 5M/5M Combo $48 by 11/24; $50 on Race Day
  • Youth Entry (17 & under) $28 by 11/24; $33 on Race Day
  • Virtual Trot – $45 includes mailing fee.


$5.00 from the entry fee can go to the Oceanside School or non-profit of your choice or Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation®.


The racecourse is a quick downhill 5M/5K that starts at the Civic Center and finishes at the Pier area along the Beach.

Race Description:

Come “move your feet before you eat” this Thanksgiving at Oceanside’s 17th Annual Turkey Trot 5M or 5K run/walk. Join one of the fastest-growing holiday traditions. Be sure to bring the entire family, as there will be races for everyone. The event offers a costume contest, the largest teams competition, fabulous live entertainment on the course, and finisher medals for all participants. Free digital photos for all registered participants.

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oceanside turkey trot, san diego turkey trot

Stroller Policy

Strollers are allowed in the event but due to the crowd size and insurance, we kindly must enforce the following rules:

  • 5k– Walking strollers only. No running strollers. Please line up in last two or three waves with Walkers.
  • 5 Mile – Running strollers can participate in the 5 Mile. Your pace must be faster than 12 min/mile in order for us to open Coast Hwy north of Sportsfisher for neighbors to enter and exit.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Race Day Gear Check

Participants who are using rapid transit such as, biking, carpooling or being dropped off at the event, will have a gear check will be available in the courtyard of the Civic Center from 6:15 am to 10:30 am. Any items left behind on Race Day will be taken to the Kinane Events office and held for 7 days. After 7 days, items will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center. Please note, Kinane Events staff and volunteers are not held responsible for any lost or damaged items. We highly recommend that valuable items be left at home.

More Info About Each Race


The 5M is scheduled to kick off the annual O’Side Turkey Trot at 6:45 a.m. The 5M course leaves from the Civic Center and runs down to the Oceanside Blvd. turn around. After passing through the start area,  runners go over the new San Luis Rey Bridges twice, and down to the strand to finish behind the amphitheater. PLEASE NOTE: Due to road closure constraints, no participants slower than 13 minutes per mile are allowed in the 5M.


The original and a crowd favorite, the 5K Run/Walk annually attracts a big throng and starts at 8:10 a.m. and continues in waves until 8:35 a.m. The 5K features world class runners, hometown heroes, huge families having reunions and great costumes. Known as a super fast course, the 5K features separate age group awards for Oceanside City residents as well as non-residents.

Combo Run

The Oceanside course is so inviting that more and more runners are opting to do both the 5M and 5K for a super Thanksgiving workout. Just look for the special Combo Run option in the online entry form. With almost 90 minutes between the races, the Combo Run is certainly worth considering. New this year will be unique 5M medals for all 5M finishers and Trot Medals for the 5K finish.

Kids' Run

As always, the O’side Turkey Trot ends with the next generation taking over and showing its running abilities. Five separate races for children begin at approximately 10:05 a.m. with a 1-Mile Run for 9-12 year-olds. A few minutes later, kids 7-8 have their own 1-Mile Run. Following that, younger runners get their turns with 1/5 mile runs. Then, the 6-year-olds run, followed by 5-year-olds and 4-year-olds. Stop by after your race to watch! The Kids’ 1-mile runs start at 306 S. Pacific St. between Tyson and Pine. The Kids’ 1/5 mile runs start adjacent to Tyson Park. All finish at the Amphitheater.