Troy Turkey Trot Seeking Entries In Annual Costume Contest

Troy, N.Y. (Nov. 19, 2021) — Organizers of the 105th anniversary Troy Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning are seeking creative entries from registered participants in the event’s popular 5K costume contest.

The contest features two categories: Best Thanksgiving Day Costume and the Most Unique Costume.

“One of the most fun elements of the Troy Turkey Trot is the annual costume contest,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. “Runners show their creativity while out on the course, adding a unique element to this family-friendly event. We are looking forward to seeing what’s in store from participants and spectators on Thanksgiving morning!”

To register, fill out an entry form at Then email the completed form and photos of the costume entry to by Thursday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. Participants can also enter the costume on race day at the costume contest table, which is located on the first floor of the Troy Atrium (4 Third Street), just south of the starting line.

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 via email the week of Monday, Nov. 29.

“The only costumes not permitted are those that cover the face, as well as bulky costumes that may interfere with others at the start or out on the course,” explained Troy Turkey Trot Event Director George Regan.

To download a costume contest entry form, visit For more information and to register for the 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile, and Turkey Walk visit

Troy Turkey Trot sponsors include Pioneer Bank, Wm. J. Fagan & Sons, Capital Region Honda Dealers, and Choice Physical Therapy.


About the Troy Turkey Trot

Now in its 105th year (74th 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 7,000 participants from 40 states and features a 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk, while also raising funds for the event’s two charities, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Joseph’s House and Shelter. For more information, visit