Rotary Turkey Trot is back on the Thanksgiving menu!

Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 25, 2021

9:00 a.m.

Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

320 3rd Street E, Northfield, MN 55057

The Northfield Rotary Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is back!  Rotary is excited to announce the return of the 5K run/walk after a year’s hiatus due to COVID. Rotary invites runners and walkers of all persuasions to mark their calendars for the traditional Thanksgiving morning event.

Registration is just $25!

  • Register on or before November 5th and be guaranteed a long-sleeve 2021 Turkey Trot T-shirt.
  • Registrations received after November 5 will not include a T-shirt.
  • Same day registration will be available at the Weitz Center on Thanksgiving day an hour before the race (8:00-9:00 a.m.). Masks are required in all Carleton College buildings.
  • Vaccination is strongly encouraged for all participants who are eligible.
T-shirt & Bib Pick-up
For runner convenience shirts and race bibs can be picked up for those that register as a team (three or more) by a team captain on Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center.

Free Range Registrations $29!

For those who will not be in Northfield physically on Thanksgiving Day but still want to support the event, Rotary offers a “free range” option at $29 a participant. Register your team by the Nov. 5 deadline and we will send you your long-sleeve T-shirts. You can run in solidarity with the Northfield event at your own convenience.
Register online (either as an individual or a group) at our online registration site at
The Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot is Northfield’s unofficial homecoming for the 1000-plus runners and walkers who participate each year, a “must-do” for those who want to connect with old friends and neighbors and be reminded that Northfield is always home. Runners of all levels, walkers, parents with kids in strollers and dog owners walking their best friends are invited to join the fun.
The chip-timed 5K event begins at 9 a.m. sharp at the Carleton College Weitz Center on Third Street between College and Winona, weaves through Northfield’s northeast neighborhood, through the Northfield Golf Club’s course along Spring Creek Road and back to the Weitz Center along Prairie and Seventh streets. Awards will be given to the top male and female runners. 
This year’s event will benefit several Rotary programs, including youth exchange, polio eradication, and a number of Northfield Rotary’s international projects. Rotary will also be collecting food for Northfield Food Shelf. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off the morning of the race or when you pick up your bibs and T-shirts.

Race Results

Past and current Turkey Trot results can be found here.


Photos via our Flickr photostream

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to hold this event once again.
It is a great community-builder and a great fundraiser for Rotary. It will be wonderful to see people having fun and contributing to Rotary’s service work.”
- Jim Loe, Chair of the 2021 Turkey Trot