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Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot

November 25 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pm


Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot

Welcome to the inaugural Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th.  We cannot think of a better way to start the Thanksgiving holiday than with a run with family and friends around beautiful Lake Junaluska. As we like to say, “first the huffin’; then the stuffin’!”

Online registration will open on Monday, February 15 at 9:00 AM and close on Monday, November 22.


November 25
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center
91 North Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 United States
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Race Information

Entry Fees

Adults-$25, Youth (12 & Under)-$15

Packet Pickup/Late Registration

Packet Pickup Schedule

Wednesday, November 24 – Time and Place TBA

Thursday, November 25 – 7:00-8:15 AM – Weldon Outdoor Gymnasium at Lake Junaluska


This 5K course will start and finish at Weldon Gym and will feature a loop around Lake Junaluska.

Course Map/Elevation Chart

Additional Info.


Each pre-registered runner will receive a commemorative race shirt.  There will be a limited number available for those registering on race morning.


Portable toilets will be located near the start/finish line with hand sanitizer

Post Race

After you finish the race, please join us for drinks and snacks prior to the awards ceremony.


Special prizes will be presented to the top three overall male and female and top Masters (40 & Over) male and female.

Age group awards will go to the first, second and third male and female in the following age groups: 12 & Under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34,35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and Over.

No double dipping!


Your race bib contains a timing chip that will start when you cross the timing mat at the start line and end when you cross the finish line.  Please do not crinkle your bib.

Please wear your race bib on your front so it is visible when you cross both the start and finish lines.




The principle parking area is the Bethea Welcome Center (91 North Lakeshore Drive).  Please do not park along the side of the road unless it is in a marked space.

Cancellations & Transfers

Should the event be cancelled due to COVID-19 or weather related issues, the Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Club will defer all registered participants into the 2022 race.  Otherwise, the following cancellation policies apply:

If the event is NOT sold out, a discount code for 50% of your race registration fee will be offered until 7 days days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 7 days days before the event, if the event is not sold out.

If the event IS sold out, a discount code for 100% of your race registration fee will be offered until 5 days days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 5 days days before the event, if the event is sold out.

Partial discount codes are only available for cancellations of completed registrations. A registration is considered incomplete if payment was mailed in and has not yet been received.

Discount codes can be used to register for the 2020 event. This policy only applies to the Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot.  Discount codes from the previous year may not be used for any other events owned or managed by Glory Hound Events or its partnerships.

Transfers of entries between participants will be accepted through November 19 by completing and submitting this Transfer Form. This is the only way transfers or the selling of bibs between participants will be allowed. Anyone who is discovered to have purchased or accepted another person’s bib without submitting this form will be disqualified and banned from future races.


Preliminary results will be posted at the post-race area.  We will have live results at HERE, which you can access with a smart phone at the finish line or see on the race page by Thursday afternoon.


Volunteers are needed for Set-Up, Parking, Course Marshals, Food & Drink and Take-Down.  This event will not happen without a great group of volunteers.  To be one, email Lane Perry at lanegravesperry@gmail.com

Please email general race questions to greg@gloryhoundevents.com