2023 Thanksgiving Day Race

Join us on November 23rd for our 44th annual Thanksgiving Day Race to the top of the park before you sit down for the big holiday meal.

This race starts at 9:00 AM near the Iroquois Amphitheater, goes up to the top of the park, then back down the hill.

Each Entrant will receive a top-quality long sleeve shirt and an entry into drawings for up to $1,000 in prizes. The first 1,000 entrants will also receive a medal for their participation.

*Prizes will be awarded 10:30am at DJ Booth (must be present to win)

Race Information:

Events: 5 Mile Run

5K Run/Walk

              1.25 Mile Run/Walk

Where: Iroquois Park – 5216 New Cut Rd. Louisville, KY 40214

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022

Time: 9:00am 5 Mile & 5K Run

            9:05am 1.25 Mile Run/Walk

Entry Fees

$30 early sign up. Online, postmarked, or in-person before October 15th. Register by this date and pick up early to guarantee shirt size.  We cannot guarantee shirt size on race day packet pickup.

$35 after Oct 15th. Online, posted marked, or in-person before Nov 15th.

$40 after Nov 15th . Online or in-person to start of race.


Want to register by mail? Click here to download the mail-in form.

Registration is also available at either Swag’s Sport Shoes location.

Race day registration ends at 8:30 AM, 30 minutes prior to race start.


The five-mile course starts near the playground and proceeds to the top of Iroquois Park. Race then continues around one-way road and finishes at the playground. Race has one water stop, and mile markers.  

A map of the 5 mile course
5 Mile Elevation Chart

The 5K Run/Walk course course starts near the playground and proceeds around the bottom loop of Iroquois Park.

5K Course Map
5K Elevation Chart

The 1.25 Mile Run/Walk course starts at playground and proceeds around front of Iroquois park and finishes at playground.

1.25 mile course

Packet Pickup

Early Packet Pickup will be held on November 21 and 22 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Swag’s Sport Shoes south end location.

Race Day Packet Pickup will be available November 24th from 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM. Early packet pickup is highly encouraged.


Overall 5 Miler & 5K (male and female):

1st place: $150
2nd place: $100
3rd place: $50

Age groups (male and female): 5 year brackets from 14 and under to 75 and older. The following awards only apply to the 5 Mile Course.

Age Group Awards will be given in the form of a gift certificate to Swag’s Sport Shoes. Awards can be picked up starting November 25 – December 9th at Swag’s South Store.

1st place: $20
2nd place: $15
3rd place: $10

Eugene Baker Memorial Award

$50 to old oldest female runner

$50 to the oldest male runner

Stroller Award

$20 to the first runner who crosses the finish line with a stroller 
(Note: stroller runners must begin behind other runners)

No Awards for Fun Run/Walk

Costume Contest

Put your creativity to work and wear a costume. Turkeys, unicorns, pies and ugly sweaters welcome. Grand prize $50.

Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Tea & Apple Cider

Thanks to our sponsor Berserker Brew Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Tea and Apple Cider will be available to participants. If you find a brew you like, please show your appreciation by buy a bag to take home! We are are thankful for such a wide offering this year. 


Pets are allowed on the race course. For safety purposes, all pets must be leashed and runners with pets must start at the back of the runners and stay on the right side of the road.


There is limited parking available in the Iroquois Amphitheater Lot during the event. Please do not drive or park on grass areas in Iroquois Park.

Overflow parking is available in Colonial Gardens, 818 W Kenwood Dr, Louisville, KY 40214 and DeSales High School, 425 W Kenwood Dr, Louisville, KY 40214, which is a short walk to the Start and Finish Line.

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