Join in this fall for the signature 10th anniversary of the 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day races, scheduled for November 25. The 10K, 5K and 1-mile races are predicted to be the biggest and best Thanksgiving Day event yet with all the in-person fun we love and some special surprises to celebrate the big day.
You don’t want to miss this! Register NOW as space is limited and the event is expected to sell out!
“It’s so rewarding to us to be celebrating ten years of the 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day Races,” said Race Director Karen Meadows. “To date, the 30A 10K has donated more than $450,000 to area charities and we are excited to sail past the $500,000 mark with this year’s event.”
The 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day Races’ mission is to raise funds for local non-profits and to promote the spirit of health and wellness.
All money raised is donated to the event’s annually selected charity partners. The charity partners for the 2021 race include: The Point Washington Medical Clinic, the Walton County Education Foundation, Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem, and the Seaside School Foundation.
Recognized as one of the top ten turkey trots in America, the 30A 10K is known for its amazing flat and fast courses and over-the-top after party.
The races will take place on November 25, 2021. The 10K race will start promptly at 7:30 am with the 1 mile fun run starting immediately after at 7:35 am. The 5K race will start promptly at 9:30 am.
With a 10K, 5K and 1 mile run/walk, there is a race distance for every ability.
All runners receive a signature environmentally-friendly Next Level brand race shirt and a commemorative, reusable 23 oz Miir insulated water bottle to keep your favorite drink at its ideal temp and to eliminate single-use plastic bottles in our landfills and oceans. After crossing the finish line, runners may fill the reusable water bottle at water stations in the post-race space.
Please note, due to a supply shortage of our women’s specific tri-blend shirt, individuals registering after midnight September 26 will not be guaranteed the same color or style of the women’s specific shirt that we are offering to all registered runners.
“One of the things we are most proud about with this year’s event, is our growing commitment to becoming a ‘green’ race,” said Meadows. “We started years ago with our virtual race bag, recycling efforts, and environmentally sourced race shirts. This year, we are expanding with reusable water bottles to eliminate single-use plastic bottles. I think we all recognize that the reason we love running and vacationing here on 30A so much is because of the natural, environmental beauty of the area. Celebrating that and protecting it for future generations is so very important.”
After the race, participants are invited to join in the celebration at the free post-race breakfast featuring donuts, fresh fruit, food items from area restaurants, and the ever-popular beer tent and Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar.
Lucky, the 30A 10K turkey mascot, will be on hand as usual with high-fives and hugs.
“It wouldn’t be the 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day race without him,” said co-race director Amy Stoyles. “One of my favorite parts about our race is seeing so many families out having fun together. Kids, teens, adults, and grandparents are all enjoying an activity together. Afterward, we love to have families hang out at the post-race breakfast and cheer on the rest of the runners.”
With that in mind, this year’s event has a special component: elementary through high school runners from area schools are invited to participate in the 5K and 10K races.
The local school with the most participants can win a $500 award for their school. The race directors will be reaching out to local P.E. coaches this summer with more details. Principals, teachers, and interested athletes are welcome to contact the 30A 10K as well to learn more.
The race is expected to sell out soon so don’t delay. Early bird prices are available now and spots are limited.
“Don’t wait and miss out on what is sure to be the running event of the holiday season,” said Stoyles. “And even better, you can give yourself an excuse for that second slice of pie.”