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We are so excited to host our 15th race!

A family event for a family day!  Thanksgiving is such a wonderful family time!  And a time of gratitude for all we have!

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23 @ 8:30 am at the Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center, 200 East Jackson, Elkhart IN.

10K starts first at 8:30 am, 5K at 8:35 am with the Mile Walk @ 8: 38 am following as soon as the 5K people are through the gates.

Pricing includes Timed race entry fee for 10K and 5K, [The Mile walk is untimed] , finisher medals for all who want them, and post race refreshments.  Custom shirts are optional and additional.

There are hundreds of people (men, women and children) who rely on the Faith Mission of Michiana homeless shelter for accommodations, clothing, training and food. And this race is the biggest fundraiser for the Mission! Please know that your participation makes a huge difference!

Come join us in the morning for some fresh air and movement, before your family festivities!  This is NOT intended to take up your entire morning- just come out- be with the community –  move a bit, work up an appetite and then get back to your plans! And remember to look out for those folks who might not have a place to go on Thanksgiving- and invite them to participate!

NOTE: If you have a group of people (3 or more) you can register everyone all at once. Create a group name. One person can come to packet pickup and get the package of bibs/shirts/ etc.

VIRTUAL option available.  Maybe you will be out of town and still want to support the mission. We will mail you your bib, finisher medal and shirt, so when you sign up be sure to put the shipping address! No need to come to packet pickup.

Registration and Packet Pickup

Wednesday, November 22 from Noon – 6pm at the Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center, 200 East Jackson in Elkhart- Commons side.

Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 am – 8:15 am on RACE DAY, Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center, 200 East Jackson in Elkhart- Commons side

The shirt order goes in on November 8. We will have a few extra  2023 shirts for sale on a first come, first serve basis for $15.  In addition, we have shirts from 2022 race for $5. Cash or check for the shirts, please.

Schedule on Race Day- Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23

7:00 am – 8:15 am    Registration/ Pack Pick up

8:15 am   Gather by Start Line on Jackson @ Clark

8:20 am    Welcome and Prayer

8:22 am     Course Comments and Instructions

8:27 am     10K lines up in starting chute area on Jackson

8:30 am      10K only Starts

8:35 am      5K Turkey Rabbit is released with a 45 second head start

8:36 am.     5K Runners first followed by walkers

8:38 am.     Mile Walk lead by Gobbles and Holly

There is no official awards ceremony, because we know people want to leave and get back to their day asap.  Everyone will get a finisher medal. [And if you didn’t get one last year, we have hundreds left, so you can complete your collection.]

Results will be on the Monster Message Jumbotron and posted online at EpicRaceTiming.com and Stone Soup Promotions.   We are continuing the tradition of the coveted gravy boat awards to the top 3 MF in both the 5K and 10K in addition to gift cards  and free entries into 2024 race. Additionally, we offer $25 cash to the first male and female to Catch the Turkey! (Not a real turkey, we have a human dressed up as a turkey–honor system here.)

Parking will be in the adjacent lots around Beacon Health & Aquatics. There is a huge lot by the Hacienda, Civic Plaza, Innova Credit Union , NIBCO water and ice park, and other small businesses close to the race start

The Start and Finish of the race will be in front of the new parking lot on Jackson @ Clark Street.

What’s New in 2023?

* Streamlined registration process; If you sign up as a group, you can still pick up at Group Registration. Everyone else will be assigned a number when they arrive, so there is no waiting.

Any extra shirts will be sold on a first come first serve basis to those who did not PRE-REGISTER.  $15 for 2023 and $5 for 2022 shirts.

On RACE DAY- Cash/ check only for shirts. Make checks payable to Faith Mission of Michiana of Elkhart