Our Frequently Asked Questions Page is here to help. If you still have trouble finding the answer to your question, use the contact form to reach us.
Q: What do I get for being a fundraiser?
A: We have fun prizes for when you hit fundraising goals!
Raise $300, 2017 prize TBD
Raise $500, get free race registration for next year’s race
Raise $1000, get 2 VIP tickets and parking for next year’s race
Q: How long is the Kids Run course? Do I have to register for the Kids Run if I accompany my child?
A: It is approximately 0.6 miles (1K) and is not timed. Parents or Guardians may accompany their children on the kids’ course for free.
Q: What is the line-up? Where do participants stage?
A: Race line-up is as follows (times subject to change):
7:20 am 10K Wheelchair Race Start
7:30 am 10K Start (timed and untimed)
7:50 am 5K Wheelchair Race Start
8:00 am 5K Start (timed and untimed)
9:00 am Kids Run
The 10K, 5K, Kid’s and Wheelchair events start on Post Oak between Dillard’s and Neiman Marcus. Participants are to line up at the starting line based on their individual pace time. For the safety of all participants, all walkers and strollers are asked to line up at the end of the pack to minimize congestion at the start of the races.
Q: What are the course details for each race?
A: Please click here for a full map of all courses in addition to road closures.
Q: Is the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot USATF-sanctioned?
Q: What awards are given to winners of each race?
A: Awards will be distributed on Race Day as follows:
First Overall Male and Female 5K & 10K winners
First Masters Male and Female 5K & 10K winners
First Wheelchair 5K & 10K winners.
The top male and female 5K & 10K winners in each category: 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-plus.
You must wear your bib and timing chip to be eligible for an award.
All participants wearing a race bib will receive participant medals at the finish line.
Please look for information in November via HoustonTurkeyTrot.org, Facebook, and Twitter about where to collect your awards on race day.
Q: Will there be a bag drop area on Race Day?
A: For safety reasons, we will not have a bag drop area.
Q: Is there assistance available if I can’t do the whole course?
A: Yes, ask a volunteer or an officer for help if needed. We also have water stops and restrooms located on the course.
Q: Where can I stay in the area if I need a hotel?
A: The Hilton Garden Inn – Galleria provides an excellent rate for Houston Turkey Trotters!
Special room rate is $79/night with complimentary parking (usually $15/day). Please book your room by clicking here.
Q: I just found out I can’t attend the race. Do you give refunds for registration?
A: If you can’t participate in the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot, we will consider your race fee a donation to BakerRipley, formerly Neighborhood Centers. No refunds shall be issued.
Q: What if it rains? Will you still have the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot?
A: Yes. However, if weather conditions threaten the safety of participants, the race may be canceled, and your entry fee considered a donation to BakerRipley. No refunds shall be issued.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: No pets are allowed on the course.
Q: Is skating or cycling allowed?
A: Rollerblades, Heelys, roller skates, scooters, bicycles and trekking poles are not allowed.
Q: Are baby strollers allowed?
A: Yes. but please line up at the back of the pack for everyone’s safety.
Q: How do I register for the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot?
A: You can register online here until November 22 and in person during packet pick-up beginning Saturday, November 18, 2017 (location TBD). Race Day registration is available from 6:00 am to 7:15 am Thanksgiving morning on site in the Galleria. Times are subject to change.
Q: What is the cost of registering for the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot?
A: Through November 1 – Untimed 5K/10K is $30, timed 5K/10K is $35, kids race (12 and under) and un-timed seniors (70+ on race day) is $15
November 2 – November 22 – Untimed 5K/10K is $35, timed 5K/10K is $40, kids race (12 and under)and un-timed seniors (70+ on race day) is $15.
Race Day – Untimed 5K/10K is $45, timed 5K/10K isn’t available race day, kids race (12 and under) and un-timed seniors (70+ on race day) is $15.
Please register for the race by clicking here.Prices are subject to change.
Q: Where and when do I pick up my packet?
A: If you register online, your packet, which includes your bib # and t-shirt, will be available (location TBD) on the following days and times:
Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 19 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, November 20 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, November 21 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 22 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Days and times are subject to change for 2017.
Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?
A: Yes. They will need the participant’s name so that they can look up your bib number upon arrival.
Q: Can I pick up packets for a group?
A: Yes, for a group of 5 or more participants. Click here to download the group packet pick-up form. Be sure to submit it by 5 pm for pickup at noon the next day.
Q: Who does the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot support?
A: BakerRipley, formerly Neighborhood Centers. By supporting the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot, you impact the lives of more than half-a-million people BakerRipley serves each year. To learn more about BakerRipley click here.
Q: Is there an extra fee to register online?
Q: Can I write one check for all participants?
A: Yes. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this payment type prior to registering for the race.
Q: What portion of my entry fee is tax-deductible?
A: Race registration fees are not tax-deductible. However, donations and “round-ups” are fully tax deductible.
Q: If I miss the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot, will you mail me my t-shirt?
A: No, t-shirts cannot be mailed.
Q: Can I use my own chip for timing?
A: No. A disposable timing tag will be attached to your race bib.
Q: Will timing chips be distributed to participants who register on race day?
Q: Is there an extra fee for timing chips?
A: Yes, timing chips cost $5 and are included in the timed race registration fees.
Q: How can I get to the race?
Directions to the Start from 59 South:
Take 59 northbound and exit Chimney Rock
Make a left turn onto Chimney Rock
Make a right turn onto Richmond
Make a left turn onto Sage
Make a right turn onto W. Alabama
Enter the orange parking garage of the Galleria near the Westin
Directions to the Start from 59 North:
Take 59 southbound and exit Newcastle
Stay on the feeder road and curve around toward Richmond
Make a left turn onto Richmond
After you cross under 610, you can enter either the Best Buy lot on your left or the TJ Maxx lot on your right.
Directions to the Start from 610 Loop South:
Take 610 southbound and exit San Felipe
Make a right turn onto San Felipe
Make a left turn onto Post Oak
There is a detour off Post Oak due to the Uptown Lighting Ceremony – take a right turn onto Ambassador Way, a left on McCue and a left on Guilford Court back to Post Oak
Make a right turn onto Post Oak
Enter the Old Navy lot on your right before Westheimer
The 610 frontage road by Dillard’s to Post Oak will be closed and you will be forced back onto 610.
Directions to the Start from 610 North:
Take 610 northbound and exit Westheimer
Make a left turn onto Westheimer
Enter the Container Store lot on the right before Post Oak
Q: Where can I park?
A: Please see map to see all available parking for the race. Please arrive early to get a good spot!
Orange parking lot near the Westin Galleria off W. Alabama
Best Buy/Cost Plus off Richmond and 610
TJ Maxx lot off Richmond and 610
Container Store lot off Westheimer and Post Oak
The Dillard’s parking garage is for permit parking only. A police officer will verify parking access permits.
Q: What are the street closures during the event?
A: The following street closures will take place on Race Day (times subject to change):
3:30 am – 11:00 am Street closures
Southbound Post Oak and Westheimer
Eastbound W. Alabama at West St.
Hidalgo/Richmond exit on West Loop 610 southbound
5:00 am – 11:00 am Street closures
Eastbound Westheimer at Post Oak
McCue and Westheimer for westbound traffic
Richmond and Post Oak