Thu November 23, 2023 Newtown, CT 06470 US



$35 $30 7:45AM EST Price increases after October 31, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT

2.5K Walk

$35 $30 7:45AM EST Price increases after October 31, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT


Welcome to the 14th Annual Newtown Turkey Trot to benefit the C. H. Booth Library. Our event offers the opportunity to kick off your Thanksgiving Day celebrations by participating in a 5K run / walk or  2.5K (1.6 mile) fitness walk. This community event has annually attracted over 1200 participants in recent years and will start and finish from Newtown Middle School (11 Queen Street, Newtown) following the routes introduced in 2019.

Event Schedule

  • Race Packet Pickup
    • Race check-in, bib and t-shirt collection at C. H. Booth Library on Tuesday 11/21 between 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM and Wednesday 11/22 between 10:00AM and 2:00PM.
    • Race check-in and bib pickup (but not t-shirt collection) will be available between 6:30 AM and 7:15 AM on the morning of the race.
    • Note: You must collect your race packet containing your race bib before the race begins.
  • Race Start - 7:45 am at Newtown Middle School
    • Note: The start may be staggered to avoid participants gathering too closely. If this occurs, race results shall be based on each participant's net chip time. 
    • Note: If social gathering restrictions apply, the availability of post race refreshments may be limited and the gathering of spectators at the finish will be discouraged.
  • At this time we plan for there to be a post race awards ceremony where overall and age-group winners collect prizes.
    • Awards (trophies and cash prizes) will be mailed, available after the race near the timing tent, or made available for collection at a later date.

Race Entry

  • Race entry is by advance online registration. Online registration will be available up to race day. Registration must be complete by 7:00AM on race day.

Entry Fees

  • Individual entry - $30 before November 1, thereafter $35
  • Groups of 4 - $100 before November 1, thereafter $120 (Note: Registrations must be made together)

Shirt Availability

  • Participants registered prior to 10/23/2023 at midnight shall receive a race t-shirt if they choose. Participants may purchase a moisture wicking technical short- or long-sleeve t-shirt during registration. T-shirts are limited and not guaranteed for registrations after October 23, 2023.


  • Results can be viewed via the Results menu option above.
  • Awards will be given in the following categories:
    • Top 3 overall M/F
    • First M/F in age groups
      • Under 10
      • 10-19
      • 20-29
      • 30-39
      • 40-49
      • 50-59
      • 60-69
      • 70+

Pet policy

No dogs or other animals are allowed at the event for both racer and pet safety. While we love our animal friends, this event is very crowded and even the most outgoing pet can become overwhelmed by the throngs of people and the noise. This event is held near a major highway. We certainly don't want them to get scared and run away. In addition, we don't want to risk exposing your pet to human foods that might be available at the event which could unknowingly pose a risk of poisoning or intestinal obstruction in our fur friends. Lastly, we want to be respectful of those who may be allergic or fearful of animals so that everyone can feel safe and comfortable.

Our Mission

The Newtown Turkey Trot provides essential funds to maintain the library and provide programming initiatives.  Funds raised from your participation will support the C.H. Booth Library’s mission to promote the joy of lifelong learning, stimulate curiosity, support the exchange of ideas, and provide a welcoming gathering place.

The Turkey Trot has grown over the years to become a popular holiday tradition for our community.  It presents an opportunity for family and friends to share a common experience while supporting a vital community resource. Your support and involvement with this year’s event sends a message that the library matters to our community.   

Course Description

The Newtown 5K Turkey Trot Road Race and Fun Walk is an annual benefit for the C.H. Booth Library. Held in the scenic and historic center of Newtown, Connecticut. The Turkey Trot has become a community tradition and highlight for many families over the Thanksgiving weekend.  The course works its way out of town on the Boulevard and loops back past the fire house and shops before circling around Wendover Road and back to the middle school.  The result is a course that is mostly flat with a few gentle hills while it loops through local neighborhoods in the center of town. Additionally, the course starts and ends at Newtown Middle School, providing a single point for spectators to support the runners. Walkers will be provided a similar, shorter course that will also begin and end at the same location.

5K race course map

2.5K walk course map

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Race Contact Info

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Race Website

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