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Turkey Stampede

02/16/2018, 10:15am EST
By Concord Mall

November 28, 2019, 8:30-10:30 am - Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center,200 East Jackson Street, in downtown Elkhart, Indiana


A family event for a family day!

Come and get some fresh air before the big meal! This is a low key event- definitely NOT intended to take up your entire day! Come out for some exercise with your family and guests and get back home to your day!


What people love about this race is we have have the entire range of participants- from some super fast racers to people walking a gentle pace with their dogs.

It's just nice to do a community event that helps the local homeless shelter- what a perfect fit for Thanksgiving!  

While many folks are thinking about their place settings, some people don't have a home or spot to call their own.  Let's help them get back on their feet and going in the right direction!

We all have a lot to be grateful for!



Registration Fees Still the Same!

Same MENU pricing for last ELEVEN years! 

Entry, timing chip and shirt are separate- to keep it affordable. 

We want to make this an event that the entire family can come out and enjoy and be together on Thanksgiving Day!

BTW.... if you know any people from work, school or church without a place to go on Thanksgiving, why not include them as well! Just tell them to meet up at the Stampede!  It will make their day!


We are THRILLED beyond words to be partnering with the brand, spanking new Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center this year!

Wednesday, November 27

Registration and Packet Pickup

Noon - 7pm

Thanksgiving Day- Thursday, November 28

6:00 am Registration and packet pick up opens

8:30 am 10K Run

8:35 am 5K Run

8:40 am 5K Walk

8:45 am 1 mile walk

Everyone will receive a finisher momento when they cross the line. We have top three MF awards ( the coveted gravy boats) for the fastest men and women in the 5K and 10K which we hand out right away. There is no formal awards ceremony, no age group awards or awards ceremony because we know everyone has things to do!

We STILL need volunteers as of November 15!

We need help  stuffing packets on Monday, November 25 (10 am - 4pm) , Registration all day Wednesday 27 (Noon - 7pm) , November 28 (6:30 am - 8:15 am)  and on the course on Thanksgiving morning! (8:15 - 10:00 am) 

On Thanksgiving, we have two water stops to staff and about 30 corners and intersections to staff!

If you  can help us out, we would certainly appreciate it!

Email or or fill out the form on website!


New Location for 2019!

Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center, 200 East Jackson in downtown Elkhart, Indiana!

Needless to say, we are super excited about our new location!  Come check out this brand new GORGEOUS facility where registration will be held!  

2019 Stampede Details

Please join us on Thanksgiving for a fantastic community event!  We loved our time out at Concord Mall, but super excited to be going to the brand new Beacon Health & Fitness complex for 2019!

This is not intended to be a long event because we know you have things to do and friends and family to be with!  However, you will find the food tastes so much better when you work up an appetite! 

AND- let's not forget that this is Thanksgiving!  Thanks to our sponsors, every dime you spend goes to help Elkhart County homeless get back on their feet with housing, clothing, 1:1 counseling, programs, transportation and job leads.

* Same great choices of courses- 10K, 5K and Mile walk; 10K includes the 5K course but adds a few miles of country roads where you can really open up. 5K is in lovely Green Valley neighborhood, and Mile walk stays close to the action around the mall. 

*  Everyone loved the course last year because it allowed the fastest exit plan.  Truthfully, there are several ways to get out, so you can get on with your day!

* Dozens of indoor restrooms and 10 outdoor porta potties this year, so no waiting in line!

* Monster Message will be displaying results on the big screen!

Win $25 cash to first Male and Female that" catch the turkey"

Here is how this works. Our "Turkey rabbit" will get an approximate 42 second head start to account for the heavy and bulky costume. We do a calculation based on 7 factors to come up with this.

Then- the gun goes off with the rest of the runners.  The first male and female to pass her will win $25 cash.  

It's all based on the honor system.


Learn more about the Faith Mission

If you have lived in this area a while, sooner or later you will know someone who has taken advantage of the Faith Mission services. Not only do they house & program over 150 people year round, they offer a winter program that gets people in from the cold and they offer two free meals every day of the year to anyone.

Final Race Map is here 11-19

Eleven years ago, we started this race out at McNaughton Park. Who knew. We were there for a few years and then had to move on.

This year, we wanted to combine the old course with the brand new facility. Some folks remember this when it was the Y.

it is pretty much pancake flat course. Please help us raise some money and awareness for those who are struggling to get back on their feet.

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