Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.3
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.8
SCENERY
4.1
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
3.3
The Dana Point Turkey Trot has become an Orange County tradition! Located in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor, our flat, scenic race attracts more than 16,000 participants and features a 10K, 5K and Kids Gobble Wobble. Join us on Thanksgiving Day and give yourself an excuse for an extra piece … MORE
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    kmjarema FIRST-TIMER '17

    Fun run, would do it again. Great run if you want to compete for first, but also a fun to do with your family and friends. For me this was … MORE

    Fun run, would do it again. Great run if you want to compete for first, but also a fun to do with your family and friends. For me this was a trotting race, full of family and scenery.

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
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    4

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    rodrobey REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Well put together and a Southern California tradition for 40yrs. Great support from the shops and the community. The race announcers are top notch! The course is fairly flat and … MORE

    Well put together and a Southern California tradition for 40yrs. Great support from the shops and the community. The race announcers are top notch! The course is fairly flat and what “Hills” are there are tiny. I seem to get a PR every year.

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    5
    SCENERY
    4
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    2

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    dtm3000 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I reviewed this last year and that review will follow. Here are some updates to that review: I registered on site and the price went from the advertised $50 to … MORE

    I reviewed this last year and that review will follow. Here are some updates to that review:
    I registered on site and the price went from the advertised $50 to $52 (the “2” was written over the “0” on the signage) to a tacked on $3.10 to make the final cost of late registration $55.10. My intended time of 8:30am was full but I ran then rather 9:30am.
    So this means they have finally done away with the “Master” and “Open” runs they had in the past. Any age can run either the races. But given it was getting late and this was the hottest Thinksgiving in local history I ran at 8:30am – which I found out later that my time was not recorded (since I didn’t run at 9:30am as I signed).
    Other then that the run was still fine – with Rudy as MC, the wonderful ocean views… still the premier event at Thanks giving in OC… I was actually very aware, however, that many people I know ran in many parts of my location. I will look forward to other reviews of those races…
    Here this my review last year:
    “This was the 39th running of the Turkey Trot in beautiful Dana Point. It’s a well organized event featuring a 10K, two 5k’s and a 1 mile kids run. The course is almost completely flat with plenty of scenic views of the harbor.
    The 10k ran at 7am with the first half of the run traveling east and the second half follow the route of the regular 5K.
    The first 5k is at 8:30 am and is the billed the “Masters 5K” and is for runners 40 and above. The 2nd 5K is 9:30am and is the “Open 5k” for those 39 and younger. You can run in either race but you can only be eligible for age group prizes if you run in your appropriate run.
    I ran the Master’s 5k and here’s my tip. Be lingering around the start around 8 or 8:15am to be one of the first to line up for the start (the organizers wait until the last of the 10k runners pass that half way point). This run has many participants and you want to get in front of as many dogs, strollers, children and people dressed as turkey as possible. This is a fast course but these obstacles can really hamper on your run.
    ***Time to line us up by Time!***
    The expo is pretty good. with over 10,000 runners it never seemed crowed and there were plenty of porta potties.
    I stuck around for the kids’ 1 mile run and it was oddly disorganized for something they do every year. They were supposed to start at 10:15am but started later. They stagger times in 3 age groups and my friend’s 5 year old snuck into the 6 to 9 group and ran at 10:50am.
    The biggest headache is parking – I arrived extra early and parked on a residential street a half a mile away. I saw they had free shuttles this year and I may try that sometime.
    The charity is local: Family Assistance Ministries

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    5
    My Report
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3
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    dtm3000 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This was the 39th running of the Turkey Trot in beautiful Dana Point. It’s a well organized event featuring a 10K, two 5k’s and a 1 mile kids run. The … MORE

    This was the 39th running of the Turkey Trot in beautiful Dana Point. It’s a well organized event featuring a 10K, two 5k’s and a 1 mile kids run. The course is almost completely flat with plenty of scenic views of the harbor.
    The 10k ran at 7am with the first half of the run traveling east and the second half follow the route of the regular 5K.
    The first 5k is at 8:30 am and is the billed the “Masters 5K” and is for runners 40 and above. The 2nd 5K is 9:30am and is the “Open 5k” for those 39 and younger. You can run in either race but you can only be eligible for age group prizes if you run in your appropriate run.
    I ran the Master’s 5k and here’s my tip. Be lingering around the start around 8 or 8:15am to be one of the first to line up for the start (the organizers wait until the last of the 10k runners pass that half way point). This run has many participants and you want to get in front of as many dogs, strollers, children and people dressed as turkey as possible. This is a fast course but these obstacles can really hamper on your run.
    ***Time to line us up by Time!***
    The expo is pretty good. with over 10,000 runners it never seemed crowed and there were plenty of porta potties.
    I stuck around for the kids’ 1 mile run and it was oddly disorganized for something they do every year. They were supposed to start at 10:15am but started later. They stagger times in 3 age groups and my friend’s 5 year old snuck into the 6 to 9 group and ran at 10:50am.
    The biggest headache is parking – I arrived extra early and parked on a residential street a half a mile away. I saw they had free shuttles this year and I may try that sometime.
    The charity is local: Family Assistance Ministries

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    My Report
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    jgardelle REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is a crowded race, but not unmanageable--you can still have a good race. The course is beautiful and has several turns and a couple of long stretches. As big … MORE

    This is a crowded race, but not unmanageable–you can still have a good race. The course is beautiful and has several turns and a couple of long stretches. As big as this race is, race-day packet pickup is a breeze. There’s also a shuttle that takes you from Dana Hills High School to a couple of blocks up the hill from the expo/start. However, the stunning view of the Dana Point Harbor as you get off the shuttle more than makes up for having to walk a little bit. I’ll be back again next year.

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    5
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    cedoyle FIRST-TIMER '15

    Well run race. Kind of crowded where they located the finish line. Flat course mostly around parking lots. Not very scenic. I did not like the T-shirt design. MORE

    Well run race. Kind of crowded where they located the finish line. Flat course mostly around parking lots. Not very scenic. I did not like the T-shirt design.

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    5
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    dtm3000 REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This is the 38th running of the Turkey Trot in beautiful Dana Point. It's a well organized event featuring a 10K, two 5k's and a 1 mile kids run. The … MORE

    This is the 38th running of the Turkey Trot in beautiful Dana Point. It’s a well organized event featuring a 10K, two 5k’s and a 1 mile kids run. The course is almost completely flat with plenty of scenic views of the harbor.
    The 10k ran at 7am and was essentially the 5K course repeated twice. The first 5k is at 8:30 am and is the billed the “Masters 5K” and is for runners 40 and above. The 2nd 5K is 9:30am and is the “Open 5k” for those 39 and younger. You can run in either race but you can only be eligible for age group prizes if you run in your appropriate run.
    The expo is pretty good. with over 10,000 runners it never seemed crowed and there were plenty of porta potties.
    The biggest headache is parking – I arrived extra early and parked on a residential street a half a mile away.
    The charity is local: Family Assistance Ministries

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    2
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    ohseachelle REPEAT RUNNER '13

    I love this series for the 5k, though it starts a bit too late. Most of the course is flat, shaded, and borders the DP Coast. Families attend decked out … MORE

    I love this series for the 5k, though it starts a bit too late. Most of the course is flat, shaded, and borders the DP Coast. Families attend decked out in costume, and it’s a great way to kick off the Holiday.

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    5
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    5
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    3

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    ohseachelle REPEAT RUNNER '14

    This race is a great way to get family involved in running. The course is mostly flat, and many racers are decked out in full attire. I will say though … MORE

    This race is a great way to get family involved in running. The course is mostly flat, and many racers are decked out in full attire. I will say though that the start time is a little late, but that’s personal preference.

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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    3

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    Marinaw262 REPEAT RUNNER '13

    I have run this race a few times. The 10K starts a little late for my taste, when the heat is already appearing, and family is almost ready for the … MORE

    I have run this race a few times. The 10K starts a little late for my taste, when the heat is already appearing, and family is almost ready for the meals to begin! 🙂 The 10K course is the 5K course, plus an additional out and back at the start to equal 3.1 extra miles. Those three miles are OK, mostly a parking lot with some ocean possibly visible. Once back out on the “5K” course, you pass the DP Village and head past the harbor over a bridge to another parking lot. Enjoy some water views, and head back out a little further, and then make your way back.The finish line village gets really packed, but there are some good vendors there.

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    4
    SCENERY
    3
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    4

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