All proceeds provide meals and care for homeless men, women, and children in our community.
For the safety of all participants, please no pets or skates…or pets on skates!
Thanksgiving Morning / Broad Ripple, IN
Thursday – November 23, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4.6 Mile and 2.75 Mile Start
10:30 a.m. – Lil’ Gobbler’s Run
Race begins on Broad Ripple Ave. in front of Broad Ripple High School.
Click here for a course map!
Pre- and Post-Race Party @ Broad Ripple Station Parking Lot
Race Day morning
1055 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220
If you are walking the race, please be courteous to the runners and line up towards the back.
Please be courteous to the Broad Ripple neighborhoods and residents.
Please seed yourself based on your actual run/walk pace.
If you are pushing a stroller, we ask that you begin toward the back.
Only the 4.5 mile event has the option of being timed.
For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, please no pets or skates.
(Children ages 7 and under are always free)
May 1 – September 4
Early Bird Rate: $30
Early Bird Children’s Rate (ages 8-12): $20
Early Bird Friends & Family Rate: $25
Outta Town Dash Around (virtual race): $30
September 5 – November 11
Children’s Rate (ages 8-12): $25
Friends & Family Rate: $30
Outta Town Dash Around (virtual race): $35 (through Oct. 31)
November 12 – November 20
Late Rate: $40
Late Children’s Rate (ages 8-12): $30
Late Friends & Family Rate: $35
November 22nd at Expo if available. Not Guaranteed.
Super Late Rate (If available. Not guaranteed.): $45
No Children’s Rate
No Friends & Family Rate
Virtual race for those who can’t be in Broad Ripple on Thanksgiving morning!
Help Wheeler Mission even if you’re not in Indy for Thanksgiving! Register for the Outta Town Dash Around, and we’ll mail you your shirt at no extra charge. Great for vacations, neighborhood runs, churches, and traveling families.
*Outta Town Dash Around registration does not include entry to the race. Registration for the Outta Town Dash Around closes October 31, 2017.
Outta Town Dash Around participants can win a great prize! To enter, simply take a photo of your Thanksgiving run where you are and submit them on Facebook, twitter, or Instagram, using the hashtag #OuttaTownDashAround. State the city in which you ran in the post. After Thanksgiving, all entered pics will be featured on the Drumstick Dash Facebook page. Whichever picture receives the most likes wins!
The winning Outta Town Dash Around picture will receive a great prize from Hyatt Indianapolis/Keystone!
1115 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Wednesday Expo and Packet Pick-up: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Packet Pick-up: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Free parking is available behind Broad Ripple High School or along the street. Please enter through the southeast doors on Wednesday and the southwest doors on Thursday.
All pre-registered participants will be able to look up their bib number prior to Packet Pick-up. Check back closer to the race to look yours up! Then write down your number and bring it with you to Packet Pick-up. You do not need ID or confirmation to pick up your packet. You are also able to pick up packets for your family and friends – just please make sure they are aware that you will be picking up their packet!
In an effort to officially be one of the largest Thanksgiving Day races in the country, all runners and walkers this year will be provided a ChronoTrack timing chip! We’re hoping for 20,000+ finishers, so all runners and walkers must wear your bib during the event! Sponsored by St. Vincent.
Toy Factory will be playing a LIVE pre-race concert (8:00 AM – 8:45 AM, 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM) on Broad Ripple Ave!
Concert sponsored by XFINITY and Blonde Entertainment.
Official Sponsor Blonde Entertainment provides top, local bands for any special event, wedding, or fundraiser. Please reach out to Lisa Sauce at email@example.com or 3174073468 for inquiries. We love to support our sponsors and donors!
Thursday Packet Pick-up: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Packets can be picked up in the main gym of Broad Ripple High School.
1115 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Kids 12 and under can chase our turkey mascot around the parking lot of Broad Ripple Station. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. and all finishers will receive a cool medal. Sponsored by MHS.
There will be water stations located between the 1 & 2 mile and 2 & 3 mile points on the course. Second water station is only available on the 4.6 mile course. Sponsored by Summers Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling.
Food items and refreshments from Starbucks, Kroger, and Frito Lay will be available just past the finish line.
Wear a costume, get a prize! Stop by the K-LOVE Prize Tent, located in the Post-Race Party Area, to get a prize (while supplies last).
Keep an eye out for special turkey hats along the course! Find one and keep it as your prize!
In order to accommodate the larger number of participants, more start corrals will be in place to seed participants based on their pace. We ask that you seed yourself realistically to the pace you are able to maintain. If you plan to walk the 4.6 mile event, participate in the 2.75 mile event, or push a stroller in either event, we ask that you place yourself toward the back of the crowd. If you are being timed, your time does not start until you cross the blue mats at the start line.
Available on race day in the main tent in the parking lot of Broad Ripple Station.
Top finisher prizes provided by Athletic Annex and Polar.
You can choose from the following parking options:
The pre-race shuttle service will run from 7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. The post race shuttle service will run from 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Glendale Town Center – 6100 N Glendale Town Center, Indianapolis, IN 46220 Please park in the large surface lot on the east side of the Town Center. (located 1 mile from Start Line)
Park Tudor School – 7200 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240 (located 1.7 miles from Start Line)
Be sure to arrive early enough to give yourself time to park and get to the start line on time.
Both courses finish along Broad Ripple Avenue!
The main course distance is 4.6 miles. There is a short course (sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg) opportunity of 2.75 miles. Only the 4.6 mile event is timed. The course is fairly flat with one water station located around the mid-point.
The top three largest teams will be recognized in the IndyStar and the largest team will have their photo in the paper! Largest team also wins a $500 gift card.
Contest deadline is 9:00 a.m., Monday, November 21, 2016.
Top Ten Largest Teams (as of 10/16/17)
* = sponsor team
Friends or family coming into town this holiday season?
Hyatt Place Indianapolis/Keystone is offering special discounted rates around Thanksgiving just for you!
You can also call the hotel at 317-843-0064 or 1-888-HYATT-HP (492-8847).
Use the code G-OTDD in order to receive the special rate!
Closet Connection will be set up at Glendale Town Center and Park Tudor School to collect food and clothing for Wheeler Mission. Drop off your items before the race and use the convenient shuttle buses to get to the race. Hours are 7AM – 9AM, Thanksgiving morning.
1. Go to eventbrite.com and login using the email used to register.
2. Select the Account Menu dropdown in the upper right-hand corner
3. Select Your Tickets
4. Select your Drumstick Dash registration
5. Locate ‘Join a Team’ or ‘Create a Team’ at the top of your registration details
Portables are located outside of the school near the entrance. There are no indoor restrooms. Sorry!
In the gymnasium at Broad Ripple High School. Enter the south-facing #12 or #13 doors and head through the Merchandise Area to go downstairs. Look for signs.
The race starts at 9AM east of Broad Ripple High School on Broad Ripple Ave. and heads east.
You can drop-off donations at the Wheeler Mission table.
Go inside Broad Ripple High School and go to the TROUBLE TABLE and get a new tag.
East of Broad Ripple High School on Broad Ripple Ave.
Yes, towards the back of the pack near Compton St., please. No strollers will be allowed in the corrals.
For the safety of your pet and other participants, NO pets are allowed
Accompany child or person reporting lost child to Command Center (white tent next to Einstein Bros. Bagels). A ‘Lost Persons Form’ will be filled out, staff with radio will be contacted along with IMPD.
An ‘Incident Report Form’ will also be available at the Command Center for anything significant that Event Staff or IMPD need to know about.
Yes – there are several signs in the Food Court Party Area labeled ‘Pumpkin Pie’ and ‘Gravy’. You can arrange to meet your friends or family there!
Portables are outside behind Einstein’s Bagels, all around Broad Ripple High School, and near the Start Line as well as on Keystone Ave. and at the Water Station. There are no indoor restrooms.
Yes, in the big white tent west of Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Food Court Party Area.
Broad Ripple High School. Go to the southwest doors to enter and head downstairs
In front of Broad Ripple High School on Broad Ripple Ave.
For both the long and short courses, it is located near ThreeWiseMen on Broad Ripple Ave.
Yes. In Gear Check located in the big white tent next to Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Food Court Party Area.
For minor issues, send them to the First Aid Tent near the Food Court Party Area, Finish Line, or Water Station. For major issues, call 911.
Their bib will be handed out before they run at 10:15AM, between the Food Court Party Area and Einstein Bros. Bagels.
Not for age divisions, but there will be prizes for the top ten male & top ten female finishers and first male & female to catch our turkey mascot! All prizes can be picked up at the KLOVE Prize Tent in the Food Court Party Area.
There is not a costume contest, but if you go to the KLOVE Prize Tent, you may receive something!
There are also 70 turkey hats hidden along the course! Find one and keep it as your very own!
Bring them to the Donation box truck parked near Gear Check in the Food Court Party Area.
Look for recycle boxes right next to the trash boxes in the Food Court Party Area.
There is an official merchandise trailer located in the Food Court Party Area behind Einstein Bros.
We suggest parking at one of the two shuttle bus parking lots, which are both police patrolled:
Glendale Town Center – Rural Street entrance, just south of Broad Ripple Ave.
Park Tudor School – 71st Street entrance, just west of College Ave.
After 8AM, you can park at Broad Ripple Park, if space is available.
Shuttle buses will run about every 15 minutes before the race between 7AM-8:45AM and 9:45AM-11:30AM after the race. These buses will drop-off and pick-up participants at two different locations:
Glendale Town Center drop-off point: Broad Ripple Park
Walk west on Broad Ripple Ave. to get to the Start Line.
Park Tudor drop-off point: Westfield Blvd. & Riviera Dr.
Walk south on the Monon Trail and then turn left (east) on Broad Ripple Ave. to get to the Start Line.
At 7AM on Broad Ripple Ave., between College & Keystone. 9AM from Keystone around to Kessler Blvd. As the race proceeds, more streets will close. Once the last walker crosses the Start Line, a police car will follow them and all roads will slowly but open back up. All roads should be open along course by 11AM.
Yes! Go to the Wheeler Mission tent in the Food Court Party Area and someone there will be able to help you (tent is black with large, white Wheeler logo).
Go to the Wheeler Mission tent in the Food Court Party Area and someone there will be able to help you (tent is black with large, white Wheeler logo). Or visit WheelerVolunteer.org.
According to the Department of Agriculture, scientific research indicates that food borne pathogens and viruses, such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and the avian influenza virus, are destroyed when poultry is cooked to an internal temperature of 165o F. The Food Safety and Inspection Service recommend the use of a food thermometer to monitor internal temperature. For reasons of personal preference, consumers may choose to cook turkey to higher temperatures.