Cocoa Beach Turkey Trot: A Brevard Tradition
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Cocoa Beach Turkey Trot: A Brevard Tradition

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This year, why not start your Thanksgiving by doing something good for you and your community? The Cocoa Beach Turkey Trot 5K brings people together Thanksgiving morning in the name of health, fitness, community support, and giving — and has been one of Brevard County’s favorite holiday traditions for more than 20 years. 

This 5K running & walking event is family-friendly and open to all ages and fitness levels. Funds raised from the event benefit the Cocoa Beach Junior and Senior High School Track & Cross Country teams, the CBHS Key Club scholarship fund, and other civic-minded and active youth programs in the area. 

One of the best parts of the CBTT 5K — besides all the clever, festive costumes — is the way the Cocoa Beach residents and race supporters show up to encourage and engage with runners and walkers. The streets along the race course are lined with cheering spectators, front yard family gatherings, oft-hilarious Thanksgiving decorations, and other fun neighborhood surprises. 

Here’s the Need-to-Know Info for 2021 

  • Race starts & ends on Brevard Ave. in downtown Cocoa Beach (NEW course!)
  • 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning (November 25, 2021)
  • Post-race refreshments & awesome raffle for all participants
  • Costumes encouraged! 
  • Race shirts & finisher medals for all participants
  • Cost: $30
  • Virtual options available if you can't make the race in person
  • Special kids race after the 5K
  • Turkey Teams welcome — we provide the turkey, you keep it! Please see website for more information
  • Well-behaved dogs & young kids who get along with others are welcome — but PLEASE keep dogs, strollers & young kids to the extreme right of the course
  • Packet pickup is at the Cocoa Beach Rec Center this year

The Cocoa Beach Turkey Trot is part of the Holiday Beach Classic Series, which features three races — the Fall Into Winter 5K (passed), Cocoa Beach Turkey Trot 5K, and Reindeer Run 5K (8 a.m. Saturday 12/11, Cape Canaveral). Participants who complete all three races receive a medal for each race, plus a special series medal. 

Registration for the 2021 Cocoa Beach Turkey Trot 5K is NOW OPEN! 

Ready to register? Sign up ahead of time online at CocoaBeachTurkeyTrot.com, by mail, or in person at packet pickup. Follow Cocoa Beach Turkey Trot 5K and Holiday Beach Classic Series on Facebook and @RunCocoaBeach on Instagram for updates, important info, community content, and more!

For information on sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please contact race director Marlene White — turkeytrot5k@cfl.rr.com

 

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