Drumstick Dash Event Info

Join us this Thanksgiving in Broad Ripple for the 18th annual Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash presented by Huntington Bank!

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!

Important Info

Thanksgiving Morning / Broad Ripple, IN
Thursday – November 26, 2020
8AM and 10AM Rolling Start Times – 4.6 Mile and 2.75 Mile

Race begins on Broad Ripple Ave. in front of Broad Ripple School.
Click here for a course map!

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.

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, please no pets or skates.

2020 Registration Info

Invite your friends and family! Register four or more adults at full price from one account, and each entry will receive a *$5 discount!
*Not available with other discounts. Some restrictions may apply.

(Children ages 7 and under are always free)

Super Early Bird Rate: $25 (available to the first 500)
Super Early Bird Children’s Rate (ages 8-12): $18
Outta Town Dash Around (virtual race): $25

January 1 – July 31
Early Bird Rate: $30

Early Bird Children’s Rate (ages 8-12): $20
Outta Town Dash Around (virtual race): $30

July 31 – November 25
Rate: $39
Children’s Rate (ages 8-12): $34
Outta Town Dash Around (virtual race): $39

Outta Town Dash Around Registration Cut-off Dates
Now – November 14: Shirts mailed to arrive by Thanksgiving (no guarantee if out of country)
November 15 – November 25: Choice of mailed shirts with no guarantee of arriving by Thanksgiving



Click here to see the 2018 Outta Town Dash Around photo submissions!

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.

  • Your virtual registration includes a race shirt, downloadable bib, access to the Drumstick Dash Virtual Goody Bag, and access to the 2020 Drumstick Dash Virtual Expo Event. Entry to the race is not included.
  • Shirts will be mailed starting mid-October
  • Take your shirt with you and run where you are while supporting the homeless and needy Wheeler Mission serves.

*Outta Town Dash Around registration does not include entry to the race. Registration for the Outta Town Dash Around closes November 25, 2020. (Shirts not guaranteed to arrive by Thanksgiving if registering after November 15th.)


Here are our #OuttaTownDashAround winners!

1st place was from Mount Juliet, TN (162 likes)
2nd place was from Wellington, KY (117 likes)
3rd place was from Iceland (105 likes)

This has been announced on our FB page and the winners have been contacted about their prizes.

#OuttaTownDashAround Satellite Locations

Apply to be a Satellite Location!

Official #OuttaTownDashAround Satellite team locations:

Help Wheeler Mission by hosting an official Drumstick Dash #OuttaTownDashAround satellite location on Thanksgiving Day! This option is great for churches, vacationers, companies, and neighborhoods! It’s easy to become an official location, and you’ll even receive special perks for your team members. We’ll also make it SUPER easy for people in your community to join your team on Thanksgiving Day!

Becoming an official satellite location is free! Apply today!

Here are the perks!:

  • Race discounts: $5 discount code to use for recruiting people to your #OuttaTownDashAround satellite team
  • Easy registration: Unique URL given so you can post online or send to people, asking them to join your #OuttaTownDashAround satellite team!
  • Engage your community: Your satellite location will be promoted on DrumstickDash.org so people in your area can join the fun!
  • Team communication: Team captain can easily contact members of the team for important race information (where to meet, time, distance, etc)
  • Prizes: Largest #OuttaTownDashAround satellite team wins! PLUS, take a great photo of your group and post on social media using the hashtag, #OuttaTownDashAround for a chance to win great prizes.

Qualifications to be an Official Satellite Team Site:

  • Must agree to have a minimum of 10 participants on your team
  • Must organize the race details for your satellite location. Distance, location, and time are up to you.

Here’s a list of the current 2019 Official Satellite locations:

South Side:

Lifepoint Church
Address: 8540 Combs Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46237

Time: TBA

Description: Meet in the church parking lot for a 4.6-mile run/walk down Combs Rd.


North Side:


West Side:


East Side:


Expo + Packet Pick-up

2020 Expo + Packet Mailing


Yes! A live, interactive, virtual expo (more details to come!)

Drumstick Dash will mail each participant’s packet for FREE ($14.95 savings), beginning mid-October.

Bib Numbers

All participants registered for the in-person race on Thanksgiving morning will have their bib number mailed to them with their race shirt!

Race Day Info

Start Line + Finishe Line Updates

Start Line

In order to accommodate social distancing, there will be two 30-minute rolling starts at 8AM and 10AM.

  • Each timeframe is limited to 3,000 participants on a “first to choose” basis
  • This will allow for approximately 12.5 square feet per person if all 3,000 people are in the start line area at the same time
  • Participants can choose a start time during registration
  • Masks are required in the Start Line area

Finish Line

  • Official race timing for everyone
    • Optional: RaceJoy tracking app! Participants can time themselves and friends/family can track progress and send cheers!
  • Masks are required in the Finish Line area


There will be NO water stations located on the course in 2020. Sponsored by Summers Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling.

Food items and refreshments from Starbucks, Kroger, and Frito Lay will be available as pre-packaged items just past the finish line.

Gear Check

No Gear Check available for 2020.

Fun Patrol

Keep your eyes open for our Fun Patrol! They will be giving out goodies and doing their best to make sure everyone has a fun time!

102-LO-IMG_1872 Fun Patrol Finish Line small

Lil' Gobbler's Run

No Lil’ Gobbler’s Run in 2020. Sponsored by MHS.


  • Largest team
  • Top fundraiser
  • Top ten male finishers [4.6 mile]
  • Top ten female finishers [4.6 mile]

Top finisher prizes provided by Athletic Annex.

Race Day Parking

You can choose from the following parking options:

  • Neighborhood streets
  • Behind Broad Ripple High School
  • Christ the King Catholic School (5858 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220)
  • Bishop Chatard School (5885 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220)
  • Local parking garages

There are NO shuttles from Glendale Town Center or Park Tudor School for 2020.

Be sure to arrive early enough to give yourself time to park and get to the start line on time.

Course Map

Both courses finish along Broad Ripple Avenue!

The main course distance is 4.6 miles (sponsored by GEICO). There is a short course (sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg) opportunity of 2.75 miles. Both events are timed. The course is fairly flat with one water station located around the mid-point.

Check out the 2019 Dash Land Course Map!

Hover over each area to see all of the fun activities taking place.

Dash Land map courtesy of Jenny Tod.
Barnes & Thornburg Short Course Park Tudor Shuttle Drop-off Studio 77 Fun Zone 93.9 The Beat Fun Zone Park Tudor Shuttle Location & Donation Drop-off Collection Point 95.5 WFMS Fun Zone Summers Water Station - Studio 77 music, Selfie Station, Medical, Port-o-lets 101.9 KLove/90.5 Air1 Fun Zone - Music, Selfie Station, Port-o-lets Water Station - Studio 77 music, Selfie Station, Port-o-lets Glendale Town Center Shuttle Location & Donation Drop-off Collection Point 104.5 WJJK Fun Zone - Music, Selfie Station Glendale Town Center Shuttle Drop-off Finish Line Food Court Party Area - Music by Sunny Moon Broad Ripple Park Broad Ripple High School Start Line Concert Fun Zone Featuring Toy Factory

Click here to view an interactive Google Map.


Largest Team Contest sponsored by IndyStar

Register as a team for the Drumstick Dash!

The top three largest teams will be recognized in the IndyStar and the largest team will have their photo in the paper! Team categories are: Corporate, Schools and Clubs, Friends and Family. Largest team also wins a great prize from IndyStar!

Contest deadline is Monday, November 25, 2019 at 9AM.

Final 2018 Top 10 Largest Teams:
1. *Allison Transmission: 375 
2. Christ The King Tiger Running Club: 239 (Clubs & Schools Division Winner)
3. *Huntington Bank: 141
4. *F.C. Tucker Company, Inc.: 132
5. Can’t Stop These Turkeys: 88 (Friends & Family Division Winner)
6. HATCH for Hunger: 66
7. Firefighters On A Mission: 56
8. #FeastMode: 37
9. *MHS: 34
10. New Pal XC: 31

*Notes an Official Sponsor

Family or friends coming in this holiday season?

Friends or family coming into town this holiday season?

Hyatt Place Indianapolis/Keystone is offering special discounted rates around Thanksgiving just for you!

Click here to book now!

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!

Hyatt Place

Official Pace Car

Thank you to sponsor, Freelance Graphics for the professional wrap on this year’s official Ray Skillman Pace Car.

Look for this around town leading up to Thanksgiving morning!


Pre-race FAQ

When and where does the race start?

The race has two “rolling start” waves at 8:00AM and 10:00AM east of Broad Ripple High School on Broad Ripple Ave. and heads east.

How do I start a Fundraiser for Wheeler Mission?

• At the end of your Drumstick Dash registration, you will be given a link to your own fundraising page. This will also be sent to you in a confirmation email. Send the link to your family and friends, asking them to support Wheeler Mission. Anyone who raises at least $250 qualifies for a race refund down to one penny!

Race Day FAQ

I forgot to bring my bib – what do I do?

Go to the Command Center (white tent next to Einstein Bros. Bagels and get a new tag.

Where is the Start Line?

East of Broad Ripple High School on Broad Ripple Ave.

Are strollers allowed?

Yes, towards the back of the pack near Compton St., please. No strollers will be allowed in the corrals.

Are dogs or orther pets allowed?

For the safety of your pet and other participants, NO pets are allowed

What if I need to report a lost child or if a lost child is found?

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.

Where are the restrooms?

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.

Is there Gear Check available to store belongings?

There is no Gear Check in 2020.

Where do I go to pick-up my packet?

All packets will be mailed to participants for 2020.

Where is the Finish Line?

For both the long and short courses, it is located near Sun King on Broad Ripple Ave.

Is there a lost and found?

Yes, go to the Command Center white tent next to Einstein Bros. Bagels.

If someone is in need of First Aid, where do they go?

For minor issues, send them to the First Aid Tent near the Finish Line. For major issues, call 911.

Are there prizes for the run?

Not for age divisions, but there will be prizes for the top ten male & top ten female finishers.

Where do I take canned goods to donate to Wheeler Mission?

Bring them to the Donation box truck parked near Gear Check in the Food Court Party Area.

Where can I recycle my water bottle?

Look for recycle boxes right next to the trash boxes in the Food Court Party Area.

Where can I park?

• Neighborhood streets
• Behind Broad Ripple High School
• Christ the King Catholic School (5858 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220)
• Bishop Chatard School (5885 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220)
• Local parking garages

What time do roads close and reopen on Thanksgiving morning?

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.

How can I volunteer at Wheeler Mission?

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.

How do I know when my turkey is done?

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.


Email us at DrumstickDash@WheelerMission.org

If you need special accommodations because of a disability/medical condition, please email DrumstickDash@WheelerMission.org