Frequently Asked Questions

SMT Turkey Trot 5K in New Cumberland, PA

What's new this year?

We have some exciting event improvements!

What's back and better than ever?

Are there any spots open for this year's race?

Yes! We'd love for you to come out and support the event this year but the number of participants is limited to 3,000! We'll post registration updates as we get closer to Thanksgiving.

What time does the race start?

The race starts at 8:00 a.m. for runners and walkers. There will be a separate starting line for walkers this year. Details are available here. Volunteers will be on hand to guide you to the appropriate starting area.

What are the prizes for top finishers?

Top Male Finisher & Top Female Finisher win a turkey! Dessert prizes are awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age group. This year there will be no awards ceremony in an attempt to speed up the process of presenting them. We will hand out awards on a rolling basis as results become available. If you think you won a prize, please check the results and report to the bandstand after 9:00 to claim it.

How much is the race?

Registration - $28 online until November 17 (no additional processing fee)
                   
Packet-pick-up day registration - $35 on November 23 (if limit of 3000 participants not reached). Cash or check only!

There is NO race day registration.

Pre-registered runners will receive long-sleeved unisex t-shirts. Shirts are not guaranteed for registrations received after November 1st. Race-day shirt availability is very limited so please register early. No refunds.

Are paper registration forms available?

Registration is online through November 17. After that, you may register in person on November 23. Please enter here.

How can I make sure I'm registered for the race?

You can click here to see a list of all registered participants. Please contact parunners.com about any online registration issues.

When can I pick up my race packet?

Participants who have preregistered may pick up their packets on Wednesday, November 25 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the New Cumberland Fire Hall, 319 4th Street. Pick up also is available on race day from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. at New Cumberland Borough Park. If the race limit of 3,000 has not been reached, participants who have not preregistered but wish to do so may register on Wednesday as well. Please pay with cash or check. We cannot process credit cards when you register in person.

How do I get there?

Maps for packet pickup, registration, and race day can be found here.

Can I pick up race packets for my family and friends?

Yes, we trust you but PLEASE make sure your friends and family know you are doing this for them. Every year we search for missing race packets only to find a helpful relative picked them up hours earlier.

Where can I park on race day?

Volunteers will be present to direct you to parking spaces. Pedestrian access will be open at all times.

What is that thing on the back of my race number?

That is your timing chip. DO NOT REMOVE IT! It will be detected when you pass the sensors at the start and finish line so that your individual completion time can be measured. Attach your race number to the front of your outermost layer of clothing. Do not cover your race number!

Can I listen to music (headphones, earbuds, ipods, etc.)?

For the safety of all participants, we do not recommend the use of any electronic devices while participating in the SMT Turkey Trot.

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately, no. We love dogs but the borough does not permit them in the park.

Can I use a stroller?

Yes but please position yourself at the back of the starting chute so you do not impede other participants. There is one curb participants must cross. A ramp is available on the left sidewalk before the curb.

What does the entry fee entitle me to?

Professional chip timing with accurate, prompt results and awards.
Amazing post-race refreshments.
Random prizes (look for the turkey's redeemable feathers on the course).
Race results posted on www.parunners.com by November 30.

Is the race registration fee refundable?

No. Once you have registered for the race, your position is secured. We are unable to provide refunds to participants. Since this is a charity event, we appreciate your understanding.

What timing system is being used for the race?

The SMT Turkey Trot will be timed by www.parunners.com using electronic chip timing with the latest in chip technology. Simply wear your bib on the front of your outermost layer and run through the finish arch.

What if it rains or snows?

There is not a rain date for this event. It will be held rain or shine. If an unlikely blizzard or severe storm forces the closing of the roads, we wil be forced to cancel the race. Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds. Since this is a charity event, we appreciate your understanding.

Will there be any post-race activities for runners?

You bet your drumstick! There will be a large food buffet, along with desserts and soup for all participants. Music will be provided for your entertainment.

Can bibs be transferred for the race?

The SMT Turkey Trot does not facilitate official bib transfers. This is a charity event so we appreciate your understanding.

Where can I find the race results?

They will be available here by November 30.

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