Valparaiso
Turkey Trot

Join the Thanksgiving Day 5K that supports mental health in your community! 2018 Race Registration is now open!

A Healthy Way to Start
Thanksgiving Day!

On Thursday, November 22, 2018, the Porter-Starke Services Foundation hosts the 16th Annual Valparaiso Turkey Trot. The event remains the largest running event in Northwest Indiana with close to 4,000 participants.

With thoughtful evaluation and community/participant feedback, we have made changes this year to ensure that the Valparaiso Turkey Trot remains a fun, safe and family-friendly community event for participants of all ages. 
Valpo Turkey Trot

Registration is open!

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Valparaiso Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

  • New, True 5K route. Our new route provides a true 3.1 mile experience for participants of all abilities and ages. Flat, fast, and perfect for setting your 2018 5K personal record!
  • Top Six Male and Female Finishers in each age group will be awarded medals at post-race award ceremony.
  • Music stations and digital mile marker clocks will be added along the completely closed and secure route. 

We truly appreciate everyone that participates in the Valparaiso Turkey Trot. Thank you for supporting mental health and wellness services in Northwest Indiana, while joining this healthy way to start Thanksgiving Day! We hope to see you November 22 at the Valparaiso Turkey Trot!

10K Race No Longer Part of the Valparaiso Turkey Trot

The current construction at Valparaiso High School has required us to relocate our Start and Finish area, re-configure our race course, and re-examine several other aspects of our event. As part of this process, we had to take into consideration the ever increasing challenges of securing and monitoring 4,000 participants spanning more than 9 miles of city streets. Additionally, we had to consider the impact an event of this magnitude has on the community and neighborhoods involved, as well as the strain it places on city services on a holiday. After very careful consideration, it was decided to discontinue the 10K division of our event.

We understand this was a popular race option. Please know the decision to discontinue the 10K was not an easy one to make. In keeping with our goal to provide our participants with the highest quality running experience, while keeping our runners safety our highest priority, it was a decision we felt was in the best interest of all involved.

However, we also believe that every challenge creates new opportunities. While we will miss the 10K, its absence will allow us to direct our energy and resources into making the 5K race even better. 

Please join us this year and kick off your holiday season with the Valparaiso Turkey Trot 5K – a healthy way to start Thanksgiving Day!

Sponsors

Leader

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Partner

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Advocate

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Supporter

Aberdeen Ventures
Bartholomew Funeral Home
Blue & Co.
Jay Costas
DJ.LJ - NitroEnt.com
First Merchants Bank
Ray Gupta & Associates
Horizon Bank
Indiana Beverage
Lakeshore Public Media
LanCam, Inc.
Midwest Center for Youth & Families
Milestone Ventures
Part Solutions, LLC
Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics
St. Mary Medical Center
SY Law Corp.
Valparaiso University

Friend

CORE Construction Indiana
Edgewater Health
G.W. Berkheimer Co., Inc.
Able Paper & Janitorial Supply
Heat Wagon, Inc.
Century 21 Alliance Group
MJ Insurance
General Insurance Services, Inc.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater NWI
The Caring Place, Inc.
Phil & Son Security Technology

Contributor

Perma-Green of Valparaiso
Gibson
E.C. Babilla Roofing & Sheet Metal
Cosmopolitan Dentistry
Nature's Remedies

Become a Valparaiso Turkey Trot Sponsor 2018 Valparaiso Turkey Trot Sponsorship Levels

Partner Sponsor

$1,500

Event T-Shirt recognition: logo, Sign recognition: logo, Facebook Highlight, Four (4) Complimentary Registrations, Website recognition, Race Registration Form: logo, Online Race Registration Feature: logo, Company banner displayed at event, Virtual Goody Promotional Spot, Featured on Virtual Goody Bag Sponsor Section: logo

Advocate Sponsor

$1,000

Event T-Shirt recognition: listing, Sign recognition: listing, Two (2) Complimentary Registrations, Website recognition: listing, Online Race Registration Feature: listing, Featured on Virtual Goody Bag Sponsor Section: listing

Supporter Sponsor

$500

Event T-Shirt recognition: listing, Sign recognition: listing, Website recognition: listing, Online Race Registration Feature: listing, Featured on Virtual Goody Bag Sponsor Section: listing

Friend Sponsor

$300

Sign recognition: listing, Website recognition:
listing, Online Race Registration Feature: listing

Supporter Sponsor

$100

Sign recognition: listing,
Website recognition: listing

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Valparaiso Campus
601 Wall St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
219.531.3500

Knox Campus
1001 Edgewood Dr.
Ste. 1
Knox, IN 46534
574.772.4040

Portage Campus
3176 Lancer St.
Portage, IN 46368
219.762.9557

Marram Health Center
3229 Broadway Ave. 
Ste. 205 
Gary, IN 46409
219.806.3000