​​​​Out of Town Trotter

Show your support and

run/walk wherever you are on Thanksgiving Day! Photos can be shared on our Facebook page!

THE FAM TURKEY TROT is a family friendly way to kick off your Thanksgiving. Whether you're a competitive runner or you just want to walk with friends and family, the FAM Turkey Trot encourages participants of all abilities. The race takes place at Raccoon River park in West Des Moines, IA. Your attendance supports families that have lost children due to a fatal diagnosis during pregnancy or complications during pregnancy or birth.


Teams are encouraged so that you can raise funds in memory of a loved one. The team that raises the most money gets a prize! Set up your team through the race registration link.


A Raffle will take place in conjunction with the race with tickets going on sale virtually November 1st through race day. You do not need to be present to win.

Visit our Facebook page to find the sign-up as well as a list of winners after the race.

Medals (and pies!) will be given to the top male and female finishers.  Medals are also given to the top 2 finishers per age group (16 and under, 17-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56+)

Event Day Schedule
8:00 am    Packet Pick-up and Registration begins
8:45 am    Opening Ceremonies
9:00 am    5K Walk/Run
10:30 am  Awards and Prizes

Race Course - Map
The Run/Walk will start and finish at the Cone Flower Shelters at Raccoon River Park. The route follows the gravel bike path around the lake and is not cleared of any ice or snow...for those committed to fun and family on Thanksgiving morning.

12th Annual Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Day,  November 23, 2023

Raccoon River Park, West Des Moines, IA 

Friends of

Aaron Michael

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Helping with packet pickup the day before
  • Managing walk up registration
  • Assisting with raffle/t-shirt sales
  • Helping with race set up the morning of the race