Q: Where are the bathrooms?
A: There are men’s and women’s bathrooms on the ground level of the WSM in the middle of the market on the east side. There will also be Portable Toilets on west side of the WSM, near the parking lot entrance and next to the Rail Trail.
Registration and Fees
Q: What time does day-of registration start/end?
A: Day of Registration starts at 8 AM and ends at 9:25AM. You can also register online. Family of New Paltz 5K Turkey Trot Online Registration (runsignup.com)
Q: Where can I register?
A: Registration is in the upper parking lot. If you have not yet registered, look for signs that say, “Day Of Registration.”
Q: I registered before 10/31. Where can I pick up my t-shirt?
A: Wednesday before Thanksgiving you can pick up your T-shirts at Family of New Paltz located at 51 North Chestnut Street between 12 and 6pm. Or on Thanksgiving morning at the Pre-Registration table in the upper parking lot of Water Street Market.
Q: Why don’t I get a t-shirt?
A: Anyone who registered by 10/31 will receive a free t-shirt. The early deadline is necessary because we
need time to order, design and deliver the finished shirts before race day.
Q: Can I buy a t-shirt if I miss the deadline?
A: Yes, but stock will be limited, so it’s first come, first serve.
Mashed Potato Kids Fun Run
Q: What is the Mashed Potato run? Who can run in it?
A: The Mashed Potato run is about a 1/2 mile long and it is for kids 12 and under.
Q: What time is the Mashed Potato run?
A: The Mashed Potato run starts at 9 AM
Q: Will there be results for the Mashed Potato run?
A: No. The Mashed Potato is just a fun run. Everyone is a winner!
Q:How much does the Mashed Potato run cost?
A: It is free.
Q: Do Mashed Potato runners get a free t-shirt?
A: No, unless you paid $15 extra by the 10/31 deadline. If you did, you can pick up the t-shirt at the Preregistration table in the upper parking lot.
Q: What is the Mashed Potato run course?
A: It is an out and back course on the rail trail. It starts right at the entrance to the rail trail by the WSM and goes down to Plains Road. Then the kids turn around and run back.
Q: Can I run with my child?
Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk
Q: What time does the Turkey Trot 5K run/walk start?
A: The Chip-Timed 5k Race- USATF Certified Course starts at 9:30AM
Q:Where is the start?
A: The Turkey Trot starts at the 4-way intersection on Water Street and Plains Road. Click here for a map.
Q: What is the Turkey Trot Course?
A: The Turkey Trot starts by running out Plains Road all the way to the end. At the end of Plains Road,
you will make a sharp left onto the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and run all the way back to the Water Street
Market. Click here for course map.
Q: Is the course hilly or flat?
A: This is a very flat course. There is one small rise on Plains Road and other than that, it is totally flat.
Q: How far is the Turkey Trot?
A: The USATF Certified Course is 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles.
Q: The nearby parking lots are getting full. I have some other friends/family coming to the event this
morning. Where can I tell them to park?
A: The following lots are available for parking (click here for a map):
-New Paltz Post office municipal lot
-Rock & Snow parking lot
-La Stazione parking lot
-Clemson Bros. Brewery parking lot
-New Paltz municipal lot behind Starbucks
-New Paltz municipal lot behind Main Street Bistro
Family of New Paltz
Q: Where does the $$ raised today go?
A: “Family” is a crisis intervention center located in the heart of New Paltz since 1975. Family provides a myriad of needed services, including a 24-hour hotline, counseling, support groups, shelters and a food pantry. The food pantry served more than 1,000 families last year. Your donation will help Family provide more food to hungry area residents.
Dogs and Strollers
Q: Are baby strollers welcome?
A: Baby strollers are welcome, as long as the stroller is sturdy enough to go on the rail trail and you start
the Turkey Trot in the back so you do not get in the runners way.
Q: Are dogs welcome?
A: Unfortunately, no. A few years ago a dog bit a runner, so we can no longer welcome dogs at this
Q: Is there a secure place where I can leave my bag, jacket, etc.
A: No. Please leave your things in your car.
Q: What emergency plans are in place should someone need medical attention?
A: NP Rescue Squad will be at the event, barring any unforeseen emergencies that would pull them away to assist others. Additionally, a first-aid kit will be available at the day-of registration tables.
Q: What time is this thing over?
A: We are usually cleaned up and out of here by 11 AM. Runners/walkers are usually gone earlier than that.
Q: I want to sponsor the Turkey Trot next year, what should I do?
A: To sponsor the Turkey Trot, email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our
planning committee will contact you to discuss details.