Parker Parks and Recreation Turkey Day 5K FUN Run/Walk with RNK Running & Walking

Parker Parks and Recreation Turkey Day 5K FUN Run/Walk with RNK Running & Walking

Thursday, November 28, 2019  @  8:00 AM   •  5k


17301 E. Lincoln Ave., Parker, CO    view map


Come celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday while getting a workout at our annual Turkey Day 5K FUN Run/Walk held at the Parker Recreation Center! Whether you just want to burn some calories with friends or family before the festivities or you just need to sign the in-laws up to get them out of the house in the morning, this event will not disappoint!

Event Includes:

  • Great fun run or walk (not timed) with family, friends, and community members!
  • A unique commemorative item - different each year!
  • Souvenir custom race bib!
  • Hot drinks at the start/finish (coffee, hot chocolate, spiced cider!)
  • Chance to win a large variety of prizes - we gave away over 100 items last year!
  • Food donation collection for the Parker Task Force - bring an item for an additional prize drawing ticket!
  • Group discount when registering four or more team/family members! (details at the bottom)
  • Early race material pickup for pre-registered at a local running store starting Friday, November 16th!
  • Access to local event sponsors!
  • FREE downloadable event photos posted within 72 hours of the event and indexed by approximate finish time!
Key Dates:
Register by November 1st to be guaranteed your commemorative item on race day (highly recommended). Registration closes Tuesday, November 26 at noon and is highly recommended! Register early for the best rate! On-site registration will be available at packet pickup at RNK Running & Walking until 6:50 pm Wednesday, November 27.



 Food and Drinks


 Kids' Activities


Course description:

Due to the large number of participants (expecting over 2,500 participants), the start will be in waves that you place yourself in based on estimated 5K finish time.  The Start/Finish will be the same for both runners and walkers.

We will be utilizing Recreation Dr. and the right turn lane on Jordan Rd. so there is more space for the first 3/4 of a mile which will reduce the crowding on the course! The RUN COURSE and WALK COURSE are the same, mostly flat, loop courses, paved and fully accessible. The course is fast, especially if you run on the inner most part of the roads and sidewalks. After merging off of the road onto the sidewalks the remainder of the course utilizes sidewalks as you tour some Parker communities. Most sidewalks are between 5-8 feet wide and most narrow sections are further out on the course where participants are spaced out but please pay attention!

Course is subject to change if there is inclement weather. We ask that everyone please utilize the sidewalks once you transition to them at the corner of Jordan Rd. and S. Wintergreen Parkway. The sidewalks will be open to other participants so please use caution and stay single file and to the right at all times.

Course maps:

Directions to start:

The start line will be located in front of the Parker Recreation Center with runners heading west on Recreation Drive.

We will have waves based on estimated 5K finish time for safety reasons and to spread participants out along the course.  Large signs will be displayed at the start line signifying where to line up based on how fast you will run/walk.  Please be behind your appropriate sign 10 minutes prior to race start time.  The waves are as follows:  Wave One: Less than 20 Minute 5K Finish, Wave Two: 20-23 Minute 5K Finish, Wave Three: 23-26 Minute 5K  Finish, Wave Four: 26-29 Minute 5K Finish, Wave Five: 29-32 Minute 5K Finish, Wave Six: 32+ Minute 5K Finish, Wave Seven: Walkers - Fast, Wave Eight: Walkers - Slow - ALL WALKERS MUST START IN ONE OF THE WALKERS WAVES even if you plan on both walking and running!! Waves will start approximately one to two minutes apart depending on the size of each wave.


Parking for this event will be limited so please plan ahead and carpool if possible! Parking attendants will be on site and will fill the Recreation Center parking lot first followed by the Douglas County parking lot. Overflow parking is available at the King Soopers parking lot located off Lincoln and Jordan - it is recommended that you park in the lots by King Soopers and walk to the Recreation Center so you can easily leave after the race. Arrive early if you need or want to park close!!

Awards info:

All registered participants are eligible to win door prizes. Door prize winners will be posted at the MC table in front of the Recreation Center once the event starts. Last year we gave away over 100 items so be sure to check for your bib number!

Bring a non-perishable food item for the Parker Task Force and receive one additional prize drawing ticket. Wear a Parker Recreation Turkey Day 5K commemorative item on race day from one of our previous years for an additional prize drawing ticket and some great photo opportunities!

Additional info

As a reminder, this race is for FUN and will not be officially timed.  A time clock will be started with the kick-off of the first wave, however no official times will be recorded or posted. 

Strollers are allowed, however because of the size of this race, we ask that you stay to the right side of the course. For safety reasons, dogs will not be permitted on the course. Bikes and scooters are also prohibited.  This course utilizes sidewalks and the Cherry Creek Trail which means that it will be open to other runners and cyclists.  Please stay to the right of the trail at all times in single file and pass other runners with caution.  All participants of each wave will start at once so we ask that faster runners are at the front of the waves with slower runners in the back. All walkers need to start in the WALKERS wave.

A water station along with coffee, hot chocolate, and spiced cider will be located at the Start/Finish area, however we will not have a water station on the course so please plan accordingly.  Our facilities will be open for check-in and restroom use only!  Participants may not enter any other part of the facility. 

This event is rain, snow or shine in true Colorado fashion! No refunds will be issued!



If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering during the event we have many opportunities. Please sign up to volunteer using the Volunteer Connect website, the link is below:

Use "Town of Parker" as your organization and select the appropriate event. Thank you in advance for your help! We could not do this event without volunteers.

Family/Team Competition

If you wish to compete in the Family/Team competition please create a new team or select your existing team when pre-registering. The family or team with the most participants will win a prize! The first team member to register can create the team and becomes the team captain. All additional team members can select the team name from the drop down list when registering. If you are registering multiple members at once, please enter the same team name for all participants you wish to be on the same team.

Parking Map:

Packet pickup:

We will be offering early race material pick-up at RNK Running & Walking starting Friday, November 22 at 11:30 am until Wednesday, November 27 at 6:50 pm during store hours (M-F 11-7 pm, Sat. 10-6 pm, Sun. 11-5 pm) if you would like to avoid the Thursday morning rush. THIS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! You will be able to pick up for friends and family. Packet pick-up will also be available on race-day morning beginning at 6:45 a.m. in the Recreation Center Community Rooms.

Registration info:

We recommend registering children under the age of five if they will be walking/running and would like a commemorative item, hot drinks, race bib, and a chance to win prizes. If they will only be pushed in a stroller you do not need to register them unless they would like the options above.


*For families/groups of four or more there is a 10% discount on registrations through November 20th at noon. Use code GROUPTEN to apply the discount!

**Each registration is assessed a small service fee.


• 5K - early discounted rate (8:00 AM (in waves) start)

$10.00    Expires 10/23/2019 12:00 PM

• 5K - pre-registration discounted rate (8:00 AM (in waves) start)

$15.00    Expires 11/6/2019 12:00 PM

• 5K - standard registration (8:00 AM (in waves) start)

$20.00    Expires 11/26/2019 12:00 PM














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