Troy Turkey Trot Seeking Creative Costumes for Annual Contest:

$350 in Prize Money Offered for Participants in Most Unique and Best Thanksgiving Day Costumes

Troy, N.Y. (Nov. 14, 2023) — Organizers of the 76th Troy Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day are reminding participants to register for the event’s popular annual costume contest and “dress to impress”!

The Trot, a signature event of the Collar City’s holiday festivities, is seeking creative entries in two categories: Most Unique and Best Thanksgiving Day Costumes. $350 in prize money is up for grabs.

“The Troy Turkey Trot is not just a race for serious competitive running, it's also an opportunity to show your creative side,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. “Whether you are a competitive runner or a more casual trotter, the Troy Turkey Trot costume contest is an opportunity to come out have fun with friends and family and possibly walk (or run) away with a prize... all while supporting two critically important non-profit community partners — Joseph's House and Shelter and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.”

To get in on the fun, visit and fill out the registration form. Then, email your completed entry form and photos of your costume to by Thursday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. or visit the event’s costume contest table on race day on the first floor of the Troy Atrium (4 Third St., just south of the starting line) from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Volunteers will have entry forms available and will take your photo.

All costume contest participants will have their entries uploaded to the event’s Facebook page. Entries receiving the most “likes” in each of the two categories will receive cash prizes. (1st place $100, 2nd place $50, and 3rd place $25.) Winners will be notified the week of Monday, Nov. 27 via email.

For more information or to register, visit

Event sponsors include: Pioneer, Wm. J. Fagan & Sons, Capital Region Honda Dealers, United Services Group, Choice Physical Therapy, DeCrescente Distributing Company, Saratoga Water, and Troy Victorian Stroll presented by the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Saratoga Water.


About the Troy Turkey Trot

Now in its 107th year (76th running), the Troy Turkey Trot is the nation’s 12th and world’s 64th oldest road race. The event, which celebrates fun, family and fitness against a backdrop of some of Troy's most historic neighborhoods, draws more than 6,000 participants from 40 states and features a 5K, the Capital Region’s only 10K, a Grade School Mile and a Turkey Walk, while also raising funds for the event’s two charities, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Joseph’s House and Shelter. For more information, visit