The Turkey Trot is a popular foot race held by A Change of Pace that starts and ends at Civic Center Park in Davis on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Around 4,500 people participate in either a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run, half marathon (13.1 mi; started in 2012), 5K Baby Jogger Run/Walk, Kids 1/4 Mile or 1/2 Mile Fun Run. The Turkey Trot is a huge family event that offers a sports expo. with food sampling and apparel for sale, a prize raffle, and a giant kids' area that including inflatable slides, arts and crafts and face painting. Another popular Davis race is the Davis Stampede.

The first Davis Turkey Trot was held in 1987, and at the time was the largest inaugural running event in the country with about 1,400 participants.

The 2014 Turkey Trot will take place Saturday, November 22. Registration and other details can be found on A Change of Pace's website. There is also a facebook fan page

The Turkey Trot raises money for A Change of Pace Foundation's non-profit endeavors, as well as for local organizations, with recent beneficiaries including the Food Bank of Yolo County, UC Davis Men's Rowing and UC Davis Women's Lacrosse.

Current Course Records:

  • 10K Men: Patrick Parsel, 30:27 (2008)

  • 10K Women: Catherine DuBay, 36:04 (2000)

  • 5K Men: Jonathan Peterson, 14:37, (2008)

  • 5K Women: Lorin Scott, 16:45 (2008)

  • 5K Baby Jogger Men: Mark Murray, 17:39 (2004)

  • 5K Baby Jogger Women: Nancy Rashid, 20:00 (2005)

  • Half Marathon Men: Drew Petersen, 1:15:11.49 (2012)

  • Half Marathon Women: Fiona Cundy, 1:25:48.15 (2012)

The last race was held on Saturday, November 23, 2013. News updates and results from past years are posted on their website.

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Other information on running and fun runs can be found at Places to Walk or Run.