Thanksgiving Day Race/Walk:
Thanksgiving Day Race & Walk
Our Premier Event
Our Thanksgiving Day Race/Walk, a 5-mile road race and 2.6-mile walk through scenic Southport and Westport, is now Connecticut's second largest race event in the state. Attendance has grown year after year reaching well over 5,500+, which includes some of Connecticut's leading runners.
Spectators and families of entrants line the course and attend the post-race festivities. The race and walk has been an annual community tradition since 1978. The Pequot Thanksgiving Race provides families with the ability to share in the holiday spirit with exercise and excitement – setting the stage for a great day!
See the Routes
If you would like to preview the routes for both the race and the walk, we have provided them for you here. Just click on the buttons below to download the maps.
Thanksgiving Day Race FAQs
Aside from our regular FAQs for the Pequot Running Club, there are always specific questions as they relate to this event. Just click the button below for the Thanksgiving Day Event FAQs.
Thanksgiving Race FAQs
Are strollers, baby joggers or dogs permitted?
Strollers, dogs and baby joggers are not permitted in the 5 mile race; they are permitted in the 2.6 mile walk.
Where can I park?
Parking is available at the Southport train station parking lots, the Pequot Library, and various retail lots on the Post Road. Also, the Southport Congregational Church offers its parking lots for the race.
What are the pick-up days/times, entrant limits
- The race & walk is limited to a total of 4000 runners.
- Pick-up will be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 AM ‐ 2:00 PM, and 6:15 PM ‐ 8:00 PM at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, 385 Center Street, Southport.
- Please note new evening times above.
How do I check to see if I'm registered for the Thanksgiving Day Race/Walk?
The button just below is updated every weekday morning by 10:00 (eastern time).
What time does the race and walk start?
8:15 am, but you need to get there earlier. The later you arrive, the harder it is to find a parking spot.
Can I sign up someone other than myself?
Yes, but only immediate family members.
Can I pick up someone else's race number, shirt, etc.?
Yes, but be certain that those for whom you are picking up are aware of it.
Can I pick up my bib, shirt, etc. before race day?
IMPORTANT: Yes. We strongly encourage you to pick up these materials before race day. Also, we do offer daytime and nighttime pick-up and in-person registration prior to the Thursday event: Monday, 10:00 noon - 2:00 pm & 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm; Tuesday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm & 6:15pm - 8:00 pm; Wednesday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm & 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm. Race Day times: 6:30am - 7:30 am
Will my name appear in bold on my bib?
Yes, if you register before November 1. Bibs must not be folded so the timing tag on the back of the bib remains intact and must be worn on runners' front of most outer garment and must be clearly visible when crossing the start and finish lines.
If I become injured or sick and can't run/walk, can I get a refund?
No, there are no refunds once you have entered unless the event is cancelled in which case you will be refunded your entry fee. The processing fee cannot be refunded.
In the event you have a duplicate registration (someone else registered you in addition to you) E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank the town of Fairfield and specifically the Fairfield Police Department for assisting us in this endeavor. Fairfield Police will be providing extra officers, both in uniform and civilian clothes in and around the venue. As well, the police will provide EOD dogs before and during the race. These dogs are trained to detect "suspicious" articles.
Race Results Over the Years
We are proud of our runners and have collected their results over the years You can actually check any year to see your results by clicking here.
Registration is Now Open!
The 2023 Thanksgiving Day Race/Walk is scheduled for Thursday, November 23rd! Registering for the event is easy. Just click on the button below.
The Pequot Thanksgiving Race provides sponsors with a wide and supportive audience from Fairfield County and the Tri-State region. Your support is appreciated by participants who learn about your product or services through multiple channels. This annual race a major event with terrific media exposure. Become the exclusive Presenting Sponsor and achieve recognition and exposure through print and broadcast media, including year-round recognition on the Pequot Runners website. Make your support matter for your company through a team building wellness program to encourage participation and employee fitness.
How Do I Become a Sponsor?
Our sponsors play a very important role of making our signature event a success. If you would like to become a sponsor and would like to receive specific sponsorship information, click on the Become a Sponsor button below.
Part of the Pequot Runners Thanksgiving Day Race/Walk success story is due to the support of our sponsors. To view any sponsor's website, simply click on their logo.
Supporting Our Local Charities
With the help of club members, sponsors and volunteers from local organizations we have raised well over $1,000,000 for local charities including: Wakeman Boys/Girls Club, Fairfield Community Services, Westport EMS, Laddie Lawrence Scholarship Fund, The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, The Fairfield Police Explorers, Keystone Club at Fairfield High School and Weston High School Boosters.
Applying for a Charitable Donation
Charitable organizations wishing to be considered for donations from proceeds from the Pequot Runners Thanksgiving Day Race should click on the button below and complete the downloadable application with the appropriate signature and mail it to the Pequot Runners, Inc., 211 Hart Road, Warren, Maine 04864. The submission deadline is November 15.
Many Donation Recipients From Pequot Thanksgiving Day Race
- Burroughs Center
- CJ Foundation For Sids
- Domestic Violence Crisis Center
- Fairfield Community Services
- Fairfield Museum
- Fairfield Police Explorers
- Junior Achievement Of Western Connecticut
- Keystone Club
- Laddie Lawrence Scholarship Fund
- Mikey's Way Foundation
- Mohonk House
- Pequot Library
- Stephen's Trust
- Tomorrow Childrens' Fund
- United Way
- Wakeman Boys/Girls Club
- Weston Booster Club
- Westport EMS
- Westport Historical Society