FAM Turkey Trot 2020 - now virtual 11.18.20

in United States at Raccoon River Park (start and finish at Coneflower Shelter)

Online registration has closed. Walk in registration welcome and donations accepted! Please join us during packet pick up from 11am-4pm at Lutheran Church of Hope on Wednesday or at Raccoon River Park,West Des Moines on Thursday to register on site beginning at 8 AM.

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  • Individual Entry
    Requesting a t shirt at this time does not guarantee your size will be available

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  • Family of Four
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  • Out of Town Trotter – Join us Virtually (Cannot Attend Race)
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    You will have the option to submit your time online via an emailed link.

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About the Event

Due to Governor Reynolds latest proclamation, the 9th annual FAM Turkey Trot will be happening on your own and virtually. An email went out on 11/18/20 at 12:50pm with details of what this changes and what it does not change. Packet pick up will still take place on the 25th and you are invited to run at Raccoon River on Thanksgiving on your own. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

The FAM Turkey Trot is a family friendly way to kick off your Thanksgiving, whether you're a competitive runner or want to bring your “flock” to join you and walk. Teams are encouraged in memory of a loved one, so that you can raise funds in their honor. Supporting the SHINE program at Blank Children’s Hospital, you’ll join fellow runners, joggers, and walkers in a fun morning and earn your turkey dinner. We can’t anticipate the weather, but we can guarantee a tradition for years to come!

A Raffle will also take place with tickets going on sale November 7th through race day. You do not need to be present to win. Click here or visit our Facebook page to see a list of raffle items and enter for a chance to win.

Event Day Schedule

This event is no longer happening in person due to COVID restrictions.

8:00 am - Packet Pick-up, Registration, Raffle open at Raccoon River Park
9:00 am - 5K Walk/Run start at Coneflower Shelter, Raccoon River Park
10:30 am - Awards/Prizes at Coneflower Shelter. Top fundraising team, raffle drawings, do not need to be present to win.
Age group award winners, overall Turkey Trot winners will be recognized as results are available.

Packet pick up/walk in registration available Wednesday, November 25th, 11am-4pm at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, 50266. Enter through main circle drive for room 201.

Race Course

5K Run/Walk starts and finishes at Coneflower Shelter at Raccoon River Park, West Des Moines. Free parking available. Route loops on crushed gravel path around the lake rain, snow, or sunshine. Dress accordingly


Each participant that submits a time on their own will recieve a certificate due to COVID restrictions prohibiting this event in person.

Medals (and pies) for Top Male and Female as well as medals for top 2 in age categories!

16 and under
56 and up

* Prizes for largest family/team in attendance and highest fundraising team.


T shirts can still be picked up on Wednesday, the 25th at Lutheran Church of Hope or the 26th at Raccoon River. Please contact us if you need to arrange another time.

Those registering after November 13th will receive a t shirt while quantities last. Race t- shirts are GUARANTEED for those registered by Wednesday, November 13.

Our Mission

To create a Thanksgiving tradition as we support and connect families that have lost a child. The event raises funds for the SHINE program at Blank Children's Hospital that provides support and hope for those families.


All proceeds benefit S.H.I.N.E. program at Blank Childrens Hospital in Des Moines, IA


For event-related questions, please click on the *Contact the Organizers* button on the left-hand side of this page.

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