Drumstick Dash Event Info

Early Bird Registration for the 2017 Drumstick Dash will open May 1st!

Join us this Thanksgiving in Broad Ripple for the 15th 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 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.

Registration Info

(Children ages 7 and under are always free)

Through January 31
Super Early Bird Rate: $25

Super Early Bird Children’s Rate (ages 8-12): $18

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
Rate: $35
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

Please seed yourself accordingly!

Outta Town Dash Around

Click here to see the 2016 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 October 31, 2017.

Contest!

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!

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Expo & Packet Pick-up

Expo

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

 

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.

Bibs & Packets

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!

Interested in having a booth at the 2017 Drumstick Dash Expo? Click here!

Pre-race Party

Concert

Live band will be playing a pre-race concert (8:00 AM – 8:45 AM, 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM) on Broad Ripple Ave!

Concert sponsored by XFINITY.

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

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 10:30 a.m. and all finishers will receive a cool medal. Sponsored by MHS.

Refreshments

There will be one water station located between the 2 and 3 mile points 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.

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. If you are being timed, 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.

Awards

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

Interested in having a booth at the 2017 Drumstick Dash? Click here!

Race Day Parking & Shuttles

You can choose from the following parking options:

  • Neighborhood streets
  • Behind Broad Ripple High School
  • 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.

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Course Map

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.

Check out Dash Land 2016!

Drumstick Dash 2016 - Course Map

Dash Land map courtesy of Jenny Tod.
XFINITY Fun Zone Featuring My Yellow Rickshaw Broad Ripple High School Start Line & Gerry Gobbler Glendale Town Center Shuttle Drop-off Broad Ripple Park 104.5 WJJK Fun Zone - Music, Selfie Station & Famous Dave’s BBQ Glendale Town Center Shuttle Location 101.9 KLove/90.5 Air1 Fun Zone - Music, Selfie Station, Port-o-lets Barnes & Thornburg Short Course Studio 77 Water Station - Selfie Station, Medical Tent, Port-o-lets 95.5 WFMS Fun Zone Park Tudor Shuttle Location 93.9 The Beat Fun Zone Studio 77 Fun Zone Park Tudor Shuttle Drop-off Finish Line Food Court Party Area - Music by Sunny Moon

Click here to view an interactive Google Map.

Promotions

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! Largest team also wins a $500 gift card.

Contest deadline is 9:00 a.m., Monday, November 21, 2016.

Top Ten Largest Teams (Final results! 11/21/2016)

1. Tiger Running Club – 218
2. F.C. Tucker Company, Inc. – 150
3. Huntington National Bank 147
4. OrthoIndy – 88
5. Back on My Feet Indianapolis – 69
6. Allison Transmission – 65
7. HATCH – 2016 – 63
8. Grizzly Gobblers (Franklin College) – 60
9. Gobbler’s Mob – 57
10. Wheeler Mission Team – 43

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 from now until Thanksgiving morning!

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FAQ

Pre-race FAQ

How do I join or create a team if I've already registered?

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

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.

Race Day FAQ

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

If you’ve already paid, you can run/walk the event without the bib, but if you want to be timed you must have a bib with a timing chip on it – 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 today?

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 today?

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 today?

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).

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.

Questions?

Email us at DrumstickDash@wmm.org.

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