The Turkey Trot started in 1979 by Dr.  Gary Ogilvie and a group of runners. If you look closely on the Turkey Trot shirt you will find Dr. Ogilvie initials on the turkey to remember the original founder of the race. Dr. Ogilvie passed the torch to Joe Corra In 2006 who remained the director until 2016 when he relegated the lead to me, Sharon Marks. Am I nervous, heck yes. The Turkey Trot is iconic and frankly a big deal. I hope I can continue the tradition of this event and keep the quality at the same level as the past directors.  It will take a lot of help from the volunteers that all race directors rely upon. Missy Wigal has done an excellent job over the past few years organizing registration and the packet pick up Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving morning at the City Park. Next year ALL registration on Wednesday and packet pick Wednesday and Thursday (Thanksgiving morning) will be at the City Park in the Pavilion. I hope this helps with the cluster of parking we often have and make the experience go much smoother.  Of course Hal Richmond and his turkey outfit is priceless.  Grace Brethren Church provided hot chocolate for all you turkeys.  I can’t thank all of the volunteers who help make this event the success it is but know that you are appreciated. Without you there would be no Turkey Trot. Thank you very much for you time and effort. Thank goodness, Joe Corra has graciously agreed to stay on with me next year to help the transition go smoothly. We will make a great team: Me giving orders and Joe taking orders. LOL.

This year’s Turkey Trot was a total success by any standards. First the weather was awesome. I would like to take credit for that but we must thank good ol” Mother Nature for that one. Second thing that made the race a success was you. Thank you to the 3,352 amazing turkeys who came out to support River City Runners and Walkers largest program. I hope you had as much fun participating in the race and we did watching you fill the City Park and my favorite view up Washington Ave.  We had some great racing too. 

I hope to see you next year at the 39th annual Parkersburg Turkey Trot! Gobble Gobble 



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No member of the Parkersburg Turkey Trot Committee or the River City Runners & Walkers Club Board of Directors shall receive any monetary benefit from their association with the event.

Race Director:

Sharon Marks

Thanksgiving Day


Registration $13  before 11/17/16

Registration $15 after 11/17/16

November 22 10am-6pm

Registration and Packet Pick up at

On The Run and Walk

Emerson Ave Parkersburg

Race Day Pick Up at the Parkersburg City Park  November 23 9am Race Start Time

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You can register online by

registering here  (online registration opens September 20) or you can

download the application.

Finish was widened 20 feet .

Thanks to our sponsors!

It is the mission of the Parkersburg Turkey Trot to promote fitness in our community through distance running and walking.  We strive to achieve this goal through friendly competition and encouragement in a group setting that is enjoyable to people of all abilities.  

It is the choice of the Parkersburg Turkey Trot Committee to keep cost affordable, thereby encouraging participation by all who wish to do so.  All proceeds derived from entry fees will be distributed at the discretion of the River City Runners & Walkers Club Board of Directors, to programs which promote that same goal.  

 Parkersburg Turkey Trot Committee
The Parkersburg Turkey Trot Committee members are volunteers from the membership of the River City runners & Walkers Club.  The committee includes: Melissa Wigal – Registration & Packet Pickup, Poultry Recovery Keith Hoy – Race Course, Head Turkey Wrangler
Sharon Marks –Director,
Lou Molinaro –  Poultry Procurement Negotiator & Hydration
Dorsey Cheuvront – Early In-person Registration, Commentator, Announcer, Race Advisor
Kristin Meeks, Website/Social Media
Cyndi Gibbs – Registrar &Conscience
Sara Pugh, Virtual Turkey Trot Coordinator
Joe Corra – Past Director

3 mile Run Run and Walk

Parkersburg City Park