Hendersonville’s 8th annual 5K Turkey Trot

HendersonvilleThe City of Hendersonville’s Wellness Committee will be hosting the 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5k Thanksgiving morning on November 26. Participants will notice changes aimed at promoting social distancing, but the focus of keeping active and having fun will remain the same.

“We realize our numbers will be smaller this year, but we still wanted to offer a chance for families to come out and participate in this fun community tradition,” said City of Hendersonville Human Resources Coordinator Lu Ann Welter. “If people are feeling up to it, mentally and physically, we invite them to bring the kids and the dog and have a nice walk or run before sitting down to their Thanksgiving meal.”

The biggest change for the event in 2020 is an open start window. Participants are invited to begin the walk/run anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. There will be no race clock or official start time, eliminating the need to congregate at the beginning of the course. Walkers and runners should plan to be off the course by 10:30 a.m.

The 5k course begins in front of City Hall at Fifth Avenue East and King Street, travels through downtown, and ends back at City Hall. Participants should wear a mask when they are unable to remain socially distanced from others.

In order to further promote social distancing, no prizes will be awarded this year and there will be no water station offered on the course. Individuals who register may also choose to complete the course on their own on an alternate day and time.

Participants and volunteers may register for the Turkey Trot at

The entry fee is $12 and includes a long sleeve t-shirt and race packet. The event will take place rain or shine, sleet or snow; however, the event is subject to cancelation depending on state mandates and public health recommendations in place on the day of the event.

Registrations received by November 1 will be guaranteed their preferred t-shirt size. Volunteers receive a free shirt and can register at

Race packets may be picked up on Tuesday, November 24 or Wednesday, November 25 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the City Hall lobby located at 160 Sixth Avenue East. Please wear a mask and wait six feet apart when visiting the lobby.

For more information, contact Lu Ann Welter at (828) 233-3204 or at

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