We’re back in person for 2021! And we’re so excited to don our turkey costumes and be downtown.
2021 Events – Race Course: Downtown Greenville SC / Cleveland Park / Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail
We are currently working with the City on the 2021 race courses. Please check back. We anticipate the Start Line and the separate Finish Line to be on S. Main street in front of the Greenville Drive Stadium. The general direction we expect: Probably that the 8k course heads down S. Main St., heads to Cleveland Park, and works it’s way back up to S. Main St. Possible 5k course: heads down S. Main St., makes a left on W. Broad, goes up W. Washington, gets on the SRT, and rejoins the 8k course on River St near the Children’s Garden.
TreesUpstate is a 501 c3 founded in 2005. Our mission is to plant, promote and protect trees. This race is TreesUpstate’s annual fundraiser. We raise every $1 we have. Thanks to you, our donors and our Corporate Partners we have planted and given away over 20,000 trees. 100% of the funds raised through TreesUpstate’s Turkey Day 8k are used to plant and care for trees in parks, schools, and neighborhoods. What trees do we plant? Mostly 15-gallon container trees, over 60 different species and varieties and over 1000+ trees each year. For more information about TreesUpstate visit our website TreesUpstate.org
A Safe Return to Racing
The race will look a little different this year to ensure a safe return to racing. As of now, these are the biggest changes:
This past year we’ve all learned to be flexible. We have no idea what the fall may bring and what modifications and changes will be required to keep everyone safe per the Governor of SC, the CDC and SCDHEC. We will keep you updated.
Overall & Age Group Awards
Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Male and Female finishers will be based on gun time. Age Group Awards for the top 3 finishers in each age group will be based on chip time. The Top 3 Age Group Finishers will receive an award.
ALL awards will be available for in-store pick-up at Fleet Feet Sports Greenville starting November 26th during regular store hours. Their address is 635 Augusta St., Greenville SC 29605.
10 and under, 11-15, 16-20, 21-25, 26-30, 30-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 51-55, 56-60, 61-65, 66-70, 70+
The Race Shirt
We’re using the same exact shirt as the 2018 and 2020 race shirt. Different color. Adult shirts are long sleeve and super soft blend. The youth shirts are long sleeve technical youth shirts. Based on runner feedback, THE SHIRTS RUN SMALL – ORDER A SIZE UP. You can find a fit guide by clicking here.
Packet Pick-Up & In Person Registration
West End Events at Fluor Field (Greenville Drive Stadium)
Field Street Entrance
Wednesday, November 24th – 10am to 6pm
Thursday, November 25th – Race Day – 6:30am – 7:45am
In person registration is available on Wednesday during packet pick-up and Thursday until 7:30am.
Register by 10/22/2021 11:59pm EST to have your race shirt and race bib mailed to you with enough time to receive it on or before Monday 11/22/2021.
We are not responsible for USPS losing your race shirt.
If your shirt and race bib do not arrive, we’ll make a new race bib for you at packet pick-up and we’ll give you a new race shirt if we have that size available.
TreesUpstate’s Energy Saving Trees, presented by Duke Energy
There will be a limited number of trees available first come first served, while supplies last. Learn more about this program.
Costume Contest Sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports Greenville
One of our favorite things about this race have been the costumes! We love seeing all of the pilgrims and turkeys and creative fall motifs.
To enter the contest, post a picture to social media on Thanksgiving Day. So we know who you are, remember to post the picture with your assigned bib # to social media and tag us @treesupstateturkeyday8k
Will there be an awards ceremony? No. All awards can be picked up at Fleet Feet starting on Friday during regular business hours.
Can I bring my dog? Please leave Fido at home.
Can I wear headphones? Doesn’t bother us. Stay safe out there.
Do I need to register my child who will be riding in a stroller or running jogger? No.
Does this race benefit a nonprofit? Yes. It’s benefits TreesUpstate. We’re a nonprofit. Thanks for running with us 🙂