Yes, you can still join us this Thanksgiving, Thursday November 26, for our inaugural Silver Creek Turkey Trot 5K! Come by the Golf Course Tuesday or Wednesday during packet pick-up at 4-6pm and we will get you registered. There will be no race day registration.

Enjoy running on our cart paths that wind through the tranquility and beautiful mountain views of the Silver Creek golf course. The race may be only 3.1 miles long, but don’t be fooled: The hills with 400ft gain and loss will make you earn your Thanksgiving feast!

In-person participation is limited to 120 people. Wave starts will make sure that social distancing can be maintained. We strongly encourage fast runners to sign up for the first wave, and those who wish to go slower or even walk for the last one. For those who prefer to run their own race, we also offer a virtual option.


Finisher medals will be awarded to all participants (in-person and virtual). Winner medals will be awarded to the fastest in-person male and female runners. Age group rank medals will be awarded to in-person 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishers in the following age groups:

Junior: up to and including 15 years
Adult: 16-35 years
Masters: 36-55 years
Senior: 56+ years

In the spirit of Thanksgiving we are holding this race as a fundraiser for Options of Burke County, a small non-profit advocacy center that provides empowerment services and emergency shelter to Burke County families in crisis. We have decided to keep the entry fee low, yet maximize funds raised by not including free swag in the race price. The pre-order period for shirts and socks is ending soon on November 12, but we will have a limited number available at packet pick-up and potentially on race day.

Packet Pick-Up
Since some participants are coming from quite a ways away, we’ve decided to save them a trip and allow race day pick-up. We do encourage early pick-up for those who live nearby to minimize crowding. On race day, please make sure to maintain a 6-ft distance to others, especially in the start/finish area.
There will still be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

Early packet pick-up remains on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 24 and 25, from 4pm to 6pm here at Silver Creek Golf Club. In-person registration will also be available during this time, while there are spots available.

Cancellations and Refunds

Above all else, we are striving to make this event as safe as it can possibly be for all our participants, volunteers, and staff. If you’re feeling unwell (or uncomfortable participating), we want you to be able to stay home and stay safe without feeling like you’re losing out. In order to make that happen, we are offering flexible options so participants can make responsible decisions based on their health.

Here are our options for registered participants who can’t make it to the race:

TRANSFER TO ANOTHER PARTICIPANT: You can transfer your registration to another participant for a $10 fee before November 22nd at midnight. After that date, you can switch your registration to the virtual event.

SWITCH REGISTRATION FROM IN-PERSON TO VIRTUAL: You can transfer your in-person registration to a virtual registration for free at any point before the race.

REFUNDS: Due to the expenses we are incurring this close to the race, we are unfortunately unable to give refunds.

CANCELLATION: As we all know the pandemic changes things quickly! We ask that you be flexible and patient as we may have to adjust things for this event up until the event takes place. In the event that the U.S. or NC government declares a new stay-at-home order or places new restrictions on gatherings and we are not able to have the in person event, all ‘in person’ event registrations will automatically be converted to the Virtual event.

For help transferring your registration to another person or to the virtual event, send us a message.