Annual Turkey Trek

Before you gear up for your big Thanksgiving feast, come run the Turkey Trek 5K along Pemberton Historical Park's beautiful nature trails in Salisbury, Maryland. The race winds through Pemberton Park's forests, meadows and wetlands. Refreshments and holiday pie will be available after the race (it is Thanksgiving, after all)! There will be chip timing again this year. 

All proceeds from the race go toward Pemberton Nature Camp and other environmental education programs. Thank you for your support of the park.

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 (Thanksgiving)
  • Time: Check-in begins at 7 a.m. Runners can register on-site from 7-7:45 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m.
  • Registration Fee: $35 for early registration; $40 starting Nov. 15.
    • All runners registered by Nov. 1, 2021 will be guaranteed a long-sleeved race shirt.
    • Race day registration is $40. 

There will be awards for the overall male and female winners, for the best Thanksgiving costume and for first through third place in the following categories:

  • 14U M, 14U F
  • 15-19 M, 15-19 F
  • 20-29 M, 20-29 F
  • 30-39 M, 30-39 F
  • 40-49 M, 40-49 F
  • 50+ M, 50+ F
  • Registration Options

    • Preregistration is available through the end of the day Sunday, Nov. 21. 
    •     Register online
    •     Bring a completed registration form and payment to the Wicomico Civic Center Box Office (500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, MD; Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
    • Register on race morning (7-7:45 a.m.)

    Packet Pickup

    In addition to packet pickup on race morning, registered runners can pick up packets at the Wicomico Civic Center box office (500 Glen Ave., Salisbury) from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24.

    Food Donations

    We will be collecting canned food donations for Hope and Life Outreach (HALO) Ministries in Salisbury for the organization's Thanksgiving dinner for people in need. The leftover pie from this event will also be donated to HALO.


    Dr. Kate James from Driven Physiotherapy will be on hand prior to the start of the race to lead a group warm-up. Join her and take advantage of the chance to warm up your muscles before you hit the trails. 


    Turkey Trek 2021
    Turkey Trek 2020
    Turkey Trek 2019
    Turkey Trek 2018
    Turkey Trek 2017
    Turkey Trek 2016
    Turkey Trek 2015

    Additional Information/Resources



    The removal of invasive wisteria may cause temporary closures in portions of the park.

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    Spend the day with your pooch at Pemberton on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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    Learn about all the different nature trails here at Pemberton Historical Park.

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