Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot 10K and Mile offers a final opportunity for families to squeeze in a few extra calorie-burning miles before the holidays. It's also a great showcase of the silliest turkey-themed attire you've ever seen. The more feathers the better! This year includes both an in-person event and a virtual event.

All participants, near and far, are encouraged to share their turkey-themed events by tagging #RunWithTheMarines.

10K Course

The Turkey Trot 10K will begin after all Turkey Trot Milers have completed their run at approximately 10:00 a.m. Open to runners ages 8 and over, the 10K features a newly updated fast course through the tree-lined roads of Marine Corps Base Quantico. Rolling through Marine Corps Base Quantico's tree-lined, winding roads and wraps back along the Potomac River. The Turkey Trot boasts a start and finish (Catlin Ave.) alongside Lejeune Hall.

Strollers are allowed for the 10K. However, please use extra caution early in the race before crowds have thinned. Strollers should begin in the back. The course is run entirely on paved streets. Pets are not allowed to participate.

Mile Course

Take flight on a one-mile run that starts and finishes before the Turkey Trot 10K. Strollers are permitted so even the littlest hatchlings can participate. The Turkey Trot mile will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Water Points

There will be two water points located along the course near the following locations:

  • WP 1 is at Mile 1.6 at Marine Federal Credit Union
  • WP 2 is at Mile 4.5 at Barnett Avenue, in front of G-3 Supply


Each Aid Station is equipped with an AED, oxygen and other medical supplies needed to care for participants along the course and at the finish.

Aid Stations are located:

  • Aid Station at the Finish Line

Runners may participate in the Turkey Trot with hydration packs. All runner and spectator bags brought to the event site will be subject to search.

Base Access

In accordance with Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ) policy, all runners, volunteers, spectators and sponsors requiring access to the base for the MCM Event Series must have an approved ID and be registered into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS), prior to being allowed on base. All individuals, age 18 and above, who do not possess a valid Department of Defense (DoD) issued ID card (CAC - Common Access Card & TESLIN – active, retiree, dependent, reserve, individual ready reserve) must register into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) and stop by the Visitor Control Center (VCC) to obtain a visitor pass. Passes can be obtained at the VCC up to 14 days in advance of an event. Plan in advance for any MCM Event Series date to obtain the required access pass.

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Parking is available in multiple locations near the start and finish line in the center of the Base. Signs direct participants to these lots from both exit 148 and 150 off I-95. Runners may not park in the Lejeune Hall parking lot on Catlin Avenue. Crossroads Inn on Russell Road or at Barber Gym on Barrett.

Facilities Maintenance, Barnett Ave - Continue past Clubs of Quantico, through traffic circle. Right at stoplight, right into Facilities Maintenance parking.

Diamond Hall - Continue past Clubs at Quantico, take Dunlap. Right on Thomas. Turn right on Roan Road. Follow Street, turn Right on Ruhl Street.

The Clubs at Quantico via Dunlap Rd through traffic circle, just before the traffic circle. Park and walk to end of street and cross over to Russell Road to event info.


Runners should use the clear plastic bag provided at Packet Pick-up to store personal items on event day. Check the bag at the Baggage Area on event day, and retrieve baggage from the same location after a successful finish.


The Turkey Trot will begin approximately at 10:00 a.m. at the Lejeune Overflow Parking Lot, located at 3250 Catlin Ave., Quantico, VA 22134.

Be sure to give yourself enough time to park and get to the start line.


All participants will enjoy hospitality to include beverages and recovery snacks while visiting the Finish Festival booths and activities.


Top three overall male and female finishers and first place finishers in age group categories will receive a frozen turkey (pie as a Vegetarian option) award, courtesy of Wegmans, on event morning in a special ceremony at the finish line.


From I-95 South - take Exit 148. Turn left on Russell Road. Proceed 1 mile to gate. Continue 2.5 miles to parking and event areas. Follow MCMO Event Series parking signs.

From I-95 North- take exit 148. Turn right onto Russell Road. Proceed 3/4 mile to gate. Continue 2.5 miles to parking and event areas. Follow MCMO Event Series parking signs.

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