The Suntree Turkeytrot 5K and 10K has been a holiday tradition each Thanksgiving morning at the Suntree Country Club for the past 13 years under the direction of Steve and Tandy Baerst. It is with mixed emotions that Steve and Tandy decided to step down as race organizers. As a result, we are excited to announce that the Suntree Turkeytrot will become a Running Zone Foundation event for 2017. We are extremely thankful that Steve and Tandy had the confidence and trust in Running Zone Foundation to allow us to assume the race responsibilities of such a wonderful holiday tradition.
The Suntree Turkeytrot has always reached capacity due to the venue. One of our exciting plans for 2017 is to move the venue to Front Street Civic Center near Downtown Melbourne. Since the race is no longer in Suntree, we also changed the name to the Space Coast Turkey Trot 5K & 10K to allow us more flexibility in venue selection. Please take a look at some of our exciting plans below for 2017.
- Appearance by Mr. Gobbles!
- Best Thanksgiving themed costume contest
- Commemorative Thanksgiving technical running hat
- (NEW) Pumpkin Pie Challenge!
- Light Breakfast after run
- Stuffed Turkey Awards
- Beautiful Courses right on the Indian River
Awards for the both the 5K & 10K will be given to:
- Top three overall male and female winners
- Top male and female Master (40 or older)
- Top three finishers in each of the following age groups
|8 & Under||9-11||12-14||15-19||20-24||25-29|
Overall winners will be calculated using the official “gun” time. Masters and Age group award winners will be calculated using the “net” chip time, not the “gun” time.
300 Pumpkin Pies will be given at the finish based on the following times or until all pies are gone.
5K: Men must break 20:00 minutes (gun time) | Women must break 24:00 minutes (gun time)
10K: Men must break 42:00 minutes (gun time) | Women must break 50:00 minutes (gun time)
Race Packet Pickup
Race Packets will be available for pick-up Wednesday, November 22nd at Running Zone from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm and at the race site on Thursday morning at 6:15 am.
Running Zone is located at 3696 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne between Parkway and Post Road. Visit Running Zone’s website for directions at www.RunningZone.com or call (321) 751-8890.
Late Registration & Packet Pick up: 6:15 – 7:15 am
5K & 10K Race Start: 7:30 am
5K Awards Ceremony: 8:45am
10K Awards Ceremony: 9:30 am
5K Course: Beautiful waterfront course that goes over the Melbourne Causeway and back to Front Street Civic Center
10K Course: Get a taste of the historic downtown area on Melbourne Avenue along a shaded canopy of trees for the first 5K and then join the 5K course across the Melbourne Causeway and back to Front Street Civic Center for the second half.
There are numerous parking areas in Downtown Melbourne. See Map below: