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Registration is closed for this year’s Turkey Day Run.  Hope to see you next year!

TreesUpstate’s Annual Turkey Day Run is changing direction and going virtual!

We encourage our entire Upstate community to run, trot, or walk this Thanksgiving to help TreesUpstate plant trees in parks, greenspaces, schools, and neighborhoods.  Whether you run on a treadmill, trot around your neighborhood, or walk around the block, TreesUpstate’s virtual Turkey Day 5k is a great way to start your Thanksgiving and stay connected while we can’t be together.

Although this years race looks different than in years past, the impact remains the same.  100% of the proceeds go directly to TreesUpstate’s tree planting programs to plant trees that will provide clean air, blue skies, and cooler temperatures in their shade. We know this is a family & friend holiday tradition.  Thanksgiving is the most run holiday of the year.  

We hope you continue to run with us wherever you are.  We’re still here.  We’re still planting, promoting, and protecting trees.  Will you join us?

*Not available to run, trot, or walk on Thanksgiving Day?  That’s okay!  You have from Thanksgiving Day to Sunday at 11:59pm EST to burn off that pumpkin pie and earn your race shirt!

A return on your $25 investment:  Race shirt, awesome local coupons, and giveaways!

Giveaways:Everyone who completes the race using the super easy and user friendly Race Joy App will be entered in our giveaway drawings.  And we have awesome prizes!  Dagger Kayak, pairs of Brooks Running Shoes from Fleet Feet Greenville, and 75 pairs of Goodr Sunglasses,  All prizes must be picked up in person at Fleet Feet.

Enter for a chance to win a Dagger Kayak!

  1. Register for TreesUpstate’s Turkey Day Virtual Run
  2. LIKE TreesUpstate’s Facebook Page
  3. FOLLOW TreesUpstate on Instagram
  4. Share TreesUpstate’s Dagger Kayak Contest on your Instagram Stories


Virtual Swag:  includes coupons from Fleet Feet Sports Greenville, Sidewall Pizza, 13 Stripes and Bridge . Coupons include:

  • Sidewall Pizza: Buy One Get One Pizza / One Free Ice Cream (half pint) / $10 Monkey Wrench Gift Certificate (Monkey Wrench Smokehouse). Each registrant will also be entered into a raffle for a Pizza Party for 20 People (Carryout) which includes pizzas, salads, breadsticks and ice cream!
  • 13 Stripes: $10 off your beer tab.
  • Bridge City Coffee: Free drip coffee with purchase made through the drive-thru. Each registrant will also be entered into a raffle for a 1 Free bag of coffee a month for a year.

FREE Trees: We will also have an exclusive Turkey Day Energy Saving Trees giveaway presented by Duke Energy, on Friday 12/4 and Saturday 12/5 at Lake Conestee Park in Greenville.  We have 1000 1-gallon eastern redcedars reserved for you, first come first served, at our Arbor Day Tree Giveaway.

Train for your 5k with Fleet Feet!

The training might be virtual but your mileage is real! Fleet Feet is offering a 10-week Virtual 5K Training to keep you moving and ready for your Turkey Day 5k!

  • Program Start Date: September 17th
  • Cost: $75
  • Goal Race: TreesUpstate Turkey Day 5k 

Learn more at: https://www.fleetfeet.com/s/greenville/training/virtual-5k-training-2020

How does a Virtual Race work? Race Joy App?

After you register you’ll receive a link to download the Race Joy App.  When you head out to do your race, all you have to do is open the Race Joy app, touch the start button, go 3.1 miles, and then touch the stop button.  The app does the rest.  Your results will be uploaded.  The virtual race opens up on Thanksgiving Day.  You have until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday 11/29 to complete your race.  Run anywhere!

Run anywhere?

Yes, run, trot, or walk anywhere!  For those of you who need a little help on figuring out where to go, we’ll post a how to video using the website MapMyRun to teach you how to create a route. We’ll also post links to a few 5k courses throughout the Upstate.  But you can run anywhere in the world! 


TreesUpstate is a 501 c3 founded in 2005.  We have planted and given away over 16,000 trees.  This race is our annual fundraiser.  100% of the funds raised are used to plant and care for trees in parks, schools, and neighborhoods. What trees do we plant?  Mostly 15-gallon container trees, over 60 different species and varieties, and between 800-1000+ trees each year.  For more information about us visit our website TreesUpstate.org

Costume Contest Sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports Greenville

One of our favorite things about this race have been the costumes!  We love seeing all of the pilgrims and turkey’s and creative fall motif’s.  To enter the contest, post a picture on Thanksgiving Day.  So we know who you are, remember to post the picture with your assigned bib #. 

Age Division Awards 

The Top 3 Age Group Finishers will receive an award.  The race will be open from 11/26/2020 at 12:00am EST – 11/29/2020 11:59pm EST.  Age Group Awards will be available for in-store pick-up at Fleet Feet Sports Greenville starting December 1st, 2020.  Their address is 635 Augusta St., Greenville SC 29605.

Age Groups 

10 and under, 11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,  60-69, and 70+

The Race Shirt:  

Shirt sizes guaranteed.  Our shirt company is also mailing them to you!  We’re using the same exact shirt as the 2018 race shirt.  It’s a different color this year though.  Super soft blend.  Long sleeve mens and women’s (XS-2XL).  Short sleeve youth (XS-XL).  Here’s a fit guide.  

ALL Race Packets Will Be Mailed! 

Get your shirt before Thanksgiving!Register by 11/03/2020 11:59pm EST to receive your race shirt on or before Monday 11/23/2020.  

All registrations completed 11/04/2020 – 11/29/2020 at 11:59 EST: the shirts will be ordered on Monday 11/30/2020 and shipped on 12/11/2020.

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