Run Wild Missoula

Turkey Day 8K & 3K Family Fun Run

Thursday, November 24, 2022

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Turkey Day 8K & 3K Family Fun Run

Start your Thanksgiving Day with fresh air and exercise and join us on Thursday, November 24th for our turkey trot! The Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Fun Run courses travel along Ron’s Riverfront Trail and around the University of Montana Campus, with short distances on a few Missoula city streets.


We are currently seeking volunteers to help us with Turkey Day!

view volunteer positions and sign up here!






  • Turkey Day 8K Entry Fees (timed): 8K participants receive chip timing, a custom designed winter hat from BOCO, and are eligible for overall prizes.
    • Run Wild Missoula members, remember to login to your RSU account to receive a $3 discount!
    • Note: BOCO Winter Hats Guaranteed for first 900 Pre-Registered 8K Participants Only 
      • September 22 through October 27
        • $25 – 20 and Over
        • $15 – 19 and Under
      • October 28 through November 22
        • $30 – 20 and Over
        • $15 – 19 and Under
      • November 23
        Winter hats, if available, provided on first come, first serve basis for late registration.

        • $35 – 20 and Over
        • $15 – 19 and Under



  • Turkey Day 3K is FREE for all ages (untimed):
    • All 3K participants MUST register
    • Online registration for the 3K will be open through November 24 at 9:00 AM
    • In-person registration available on November 23, from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at Run Wild Missoula (basement of Runner’s Edge)
    • In-person registration available race day, November 24, between 8:00 – 9:15 AM, at race start.
      • Race day registration will end promptly at 9:15 AM. we want to give you plenty of time to warm up and make it through the bathroom line before the race start.
    • 3K race is untimed & noncompetitive – perfect for kids and families
    • Race bib and winter hat not included in registration
    • **If there are extra winter hats, they will be for sale on race day**



Run Wild Missoula acknowledges that for Indigenous peoples Thanksgiving is a day of mourning; a time to remember ancestral history and protest the oppression which they continue to experience today.


With that said, we encourage all participants to donate non-perishable food or monetary donations to the Missoula Food Bank. For every pound of non-perishable food donated as part of the run, Run Wild Missoula and Runner’s Edge will match that with a donation of $1 – up to $1,000 total. Food donations can be placed directly in the Missoula Food Bank truck at the race start on race morning.


Let these miles be about expressing gratitude by enjoying the activity, the company and giving back to others in the process. Let’s set the tone for a thankful holiday season!


Packet Pickup – 8K Only:

  • Wednesday, November 23 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Run Wild Missoula (basement of Runner’s Edge)
  • Race Day Thursday, November 24 from 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM. Packet pickup will end promptly at 9:15 AM
  • We need the time between 9:15 AM and 9:30 AM to get all of your data entered in the system for accurate race timing and results.
  • And, we want to give you plenty of time to warm up and make it through the bathroom line before the race start.

Race Day:

Start/Finish Location: University of Montana Tailgate Area (map)


Parking: Turkey Day parking 

Please carpool! Free parking will be available at the Adams Center Parking Lot, access via 6th street.


8K & 3K Courses:

  • 8K: Course Map 
  • 3K: 9:35 AM start; Course Map 
  • The courses are open to strollers and walkers. NO DOGS PLEASE. There are no aid stations.
  • Please note that the races will START & FINISH in the same location.




Awards in the 8K are given to the overall top 3 female, male & non-binary winners in the form of Thanksgiving food goodies!


Would you like to Volunteer? Sign up here


Questions? Email Race Director Justin Grigg


As outlined in the race waiver & acknowledgement, entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-deferrable. To view the RWM race cancellation policy, click here.


Per Run Wild Missoula event policies, dogs are not allowed to participate in the event with the exception of ADA Service Animals. Service animals must be on non-retractable, 6 foot or less leash.



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Thank you to our sponsors!







Nov 24, 2022

Start Time:

9:30 AM

Start Location:

University of Montana Tailgate Area


"What I found with Run Wild Missoula was a group of amazing people, some with a great deal of running experience and some like me: a rookie. But it doesn't matter because everyone is so supportive."

– Carol L.