Drumstick Dash Event Info

Join us this Thanksgiving in Broad Ripple for the 17th 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 28, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4.6 Mile and 2.75 Mile Start
10:15 a.m. – Lil’ Gobbler’s Run

Race begins on Broad Ripple Ave. in front of Broad Ripple 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

After 10:30am, all participants will be directed to the Short Course on Winthrop Ave just after Mile 2. Both courses close at 11:30am.

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.
Both the 4.6- and 2.75-mile courses are timed. Remember to bring your bib!

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

2019 Registration Info

(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 – September 2
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 3 – November 11
Rate: $37
Children’s Rate (ages 8-12): $27
Friends & Family Rate: $32
Outta Town Dash Around (virtual race): $37

November 12 – November 26
Late Rate: $39

Late Children’s Rate (ages 8-12): $29
Late Friends & Family Rate: $34
Outta Town Dash Around (virtual race): $39

 November 27th and November 28th at Packet Pick-up (if available)
Super Late Rate: $45

No Children’s Rate
No Friends & Family Rate

Outta Town Dash Around Registration Cut-off Dates
Now – October 31: Shirts mailed to arrive by Thanksgiving (no guarantee if out of country)
November 1 – November 11: Choice of mailed shirts with no guarantee of arriving by Thanksgiving


Please seed yourself accordingly!

Outta Town Dash Around

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 registration will include a race shirt and access to the Drumstick Dash Virtual Race Bag, which includes offers and information from sponsors.
  • The shirt will be mailed to you two weeks before Thanksgiving at the address you provide on the registration form.
  • 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 11, 2019. (Shirts not guaranteed to arrive by Thanksgiving if registering after October 31st.)


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.

Expo + Packet Pick-up

2018 Expo + Packet Pick-up (2019 TBD)

1115 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Wednesday Expo and Packet Pick-up: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Come see vendors and pick up your packet at our Expo the day before Thanksgiving!

Thursday Packet Pick-up: 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

2018 Expo Parking

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.

Bib Numbers

All pre-registered participants will receive their bib number at Packet Pick-up! Bib number will not be assigned beforehand, as in years past. You do not need ID or confirmation to pick up your packet, but having your confirmation email, with the QR code in-hand, will speed up the process during pick-up. 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.

Pre-race Party


LIVE pre-race concert (8:00 AM – 8:45 AM, 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM) on Broad Ripple Ave!

Entertainment presented by MHS.

Official Sponsor Blonde Entertainment provides top, local bands for any special event, wedding, or fundraiser. Please reach out to Lisa Sauce at lisa@blondeentertainment.com or 317-407-3468 for inquiries. We love to support our sponsors and donors!

Back of the Pack Beach Party

All walkers will enjoy a family-friendly party in the Walker Corral. Sponsored by 88.3 SHINE FM

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!

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Race Day Info

2018 Race Day Packet Pick-up (2019 TBD)

Thursday Packet Pick-up: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Packets can be picked up in the main gym of Broad Ripple School.

1115 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Lil' Gobbler's Run

Kids 12 and under can chase our turkey mascot around the parking lot of Broad Ripple Station. The event starts at 10:15 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, Clif Bar, and Frito Lay will be available just past the finish line.

Costumes + Scavenger Hunt

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!

Start Corrals

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. Your time does not start until you cross the blue mats at the start line.

Gear Check

Available on race day in the main tent in the parking lot of Broad Ripple Station.


  • Largest team
  • Top fundraiser
  • Top ten male finishers [4.6 mile]
  • Top ten female finishers [4.6 mile]
  • First to catch our mascot, Dash

Top finisher prizes provided by Athletic Annex.

Race Day Parking & Shuttles

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
  • Free shuttle locations (see below)

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.

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 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

Food and Clothing Drive sponsored by Closet Connection

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.

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

Where are restrooms at the Expo?

Portables are located outside of the school near the entrance. There are no indoor restrooms. Sorry!

Where can I pick up my packet at the Expo?

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.

When and where does the race start?

The race starts at 9AM east of Broad Ripple High School on Broad Ripple Ave. and heads east.

Where do I take donations at the Expo?

You can drop-off donations at the Wheeler Mission table.

How do I start a Fundraiser for Wheeler Mission?

At the end of your Drumstick Dash registration, you will be given your own fundraising link. This can also be found in your 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 inside Broad Ripple High School and go to the TROUBLE TABLE 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.

Is there a place I can meet my family after the race?

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!

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?

Yes, in the big white tent west of Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Food Court Party Area.

Where do I go to register or pick-up my packet?

Broad Ripple High School. Go to the southwest doors to enter and head downstairs

Where is the live concert located?

In front of Broad Ripple High School on Broad Ripple Ave.

Where is the Finish Line?

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

Is there a lost and found?

Yes. In Gear Check located in the big white tent next to Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Food Court Party Area.

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

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.

I registered my child for the MHS Lil’ Gobblers Run. Where do they get their bib and what time is the run?

Their bib will be handed out before they run at 10:15AM, between the Food Court Party Area and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Are there prizes for the run?

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.

Is there a costume contest?

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!

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 purchase Drumstick Dash merchandise?

There is an official merchandise trailer located in the Food Court Party Area behind Einstein Bros.

Where can I park?

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.

How does the shuttle work?

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.

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.

Can I make a donation to Wheeler Mission on race day?

Yes! You can always give online at http://WheelerMission.org or you can go to the Wheeler Mission tent in the Food Court Party Area and someone there will be able to help you.

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.

What time does the race end?

After 10:30am, all participants will be directed to the Short Course on Winthrop Ave just after Mile 2. Both courses close at 11:30am.

When does the Long Course close?

After 10:30am, all participants will be directed to the Short Course on Winthrop Ave just after Mile 2. Both courses close at 11:30am.


Email us at DrumstickDash@WheelerMission.org

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