Q: What might be different in 2021 compared to previous years?

The status of the 25th Running of the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot is subject to change at any time. We realize that the COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamic situation, and we will continue to monitor all updates from Dare County, the North Carolina Department of Health (NCDHHS), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If the status of the event changes, we will notify participants via email as soon as possible. 


We will work with state and local officials to develop a COVID-modified event plan to make the race and its surrounding events as safe as possible for our participants and volunteers. Due to the public health concerns associated with the ongoing pandemic, specifics for event packet pickup and the post-race event are expected to be the most impacted.


25th Running of the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot registration plan: 

· Online registration will open on Tuesday, September 7th (6 am EDT) via RunSignUp.

· In 2021, we are planning to offer BOTHLIVE/IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL event.  The in-person participant limit has yet to be determined.  Once capped, no additional in-person entries will be allowed. The virtual event participant limit is expected to be unlimited. 

· If COVID-19 conditions warrant that the in-person event be cancelled, all those who registered for the in-person event will automatically be converted to the virtual event and will receive new instructions for completing the event. Neither event will qualify for a refund.

Everyone will be required to adhere to all current public health guidelines as established by the Dare County Health Department, NC Department of Health & Human Services, and the CDC. At any point during the in-person events, all those in attendance should be prepared to wear a face covering and maintaining physical distancing. If you are feeling sick, we urge you to stay home.  


Runners and walkers need to be prepared to carry their own hydration (water, Gatorade) as current plans include elimination of the water station along the course. Distribution of race packets, finishers’ items, and/or refreshments may be modified to protect the health and safety of our participants, public safety members, and volunteers. This is our top priority! We will remain in constant communication with the State of North Carolina and Dare County, and we will adhere to all COVID-19 public health recommendations. 


Participants will receive communication prior to the event that reflects our planned safety protocols, which could change as they are dependent upon state and city guidelines.

Q: What happens if the 2021 IN-PERSON event has to be cancelled after I’ve registered – will I be able to obtain a refund?

Registrations are NOT refundable. As we launch registration, we begin placing orders and making purchases for the event. If the IN-PERSON event is cancelled, all those who registered for the in-person event will automatically be converted to the VIRTUAL EVENT and will receive new instructions for completing the event. Funds that are not expended for the 2021 event will be donated to our charitable endowment, the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot Fund, managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation.



With so much uncertainty - and so many events running events cancelled in the last year – we are pleased to offer A VIRTUAL OPTION for 2021. If you choose to participate VIRTUALLY, choose your own place and run your own race! This Thanksgiving, run or walk your 5k in your own place -- wobble around your neighborhood, trot at your local park or if you like, take those kicks for a spin on your treadmill – it’s up to you! Details about the VIRTUAL EVENT will be available on our registration page on RunSignUp. Virtual registrations are non-refundable.


Q: How will I know if I’m registered?

A confirmation email will be sent to the email address used for registration.  Unfortunately, we know that some computers' spam filters frequently erase or block the email confirmation that will be sent to you.  To avoid this, please make sure that we're on your "allowed senders" list so that your spam filter will not block important information about the event. Our email is: advice5kturkeytrot@gmail.com


Q: I’m registered…now what?

We’re out there on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube – so join the conversations!  Watch for our hashtags so everyone can enjoy the pics and posts! Participant information, instructions, and status updates will be sent via email!


​Q: What happens to the proceeds from the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot?

Net proceeds from the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot benefit our permanent charitable endowment -- the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot Fund -- managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Its purpose is to award non-profit grants for projects that improve and support the health and wellness of all people of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Q: Can I make a direct donation to the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot Fund?

Yes! You can support our charitable endowment all year long by making a secure online donation directly to the Outer Banks Community Foundation or from our online registration site (before, during or after registration).

Q: When and where do I pick up my race packet?

We are modifying our procedures for when and how participants pick up their race packets for the in-person event.  Changes could include increasing the number of days and/or hours, providing a mailing option, or assigning specific pick-up times.  We plan to establish these procedures prior to registration, but all plans are subject to change.  Without major revisions, Packet Pick Up is scheduled for Wednesday November 24th (there will be NO RACE DAY pick up).


Q:  Can someone else pick up my packet?

We have always encouraged family & friend groups and flocks with 5 or more members, to request pre-assembly of packets. In 2021, designating one individual per group/family may be required in order to reduce the total number of people present at Packet Pick Up.


Q:  If I am participating in the virtual event, how do I get my packet?

Your packet will be mailed to you in time for the event!  When you register online, you will be required to provide a USPS-recognized shipping address.  For our Trotters living in Canada, please contact our Race Director to make special arrangements!


Q: I’m not registered! Can I sign up the at packet pickup?

Sorry...Once the race fills to capacity there will be no “last minute” or “race day” registrations.


Q:  What time does the in-person race start?

The ADVICE 5K will begin at 9 am SHARP! Important race announcements, introductions, and the playing of our National Anthem will all begin about 8:30 am.  You will want to be at the staging area located at the Scarborough Lane Shoppes no later than 8:30, with the “CALL TO THE POST” at 8:45 am. Please do not congregate in the road and impede the movement of public safety and course volunteers!


Q:  Does the ADVICE 5K use starting corrals?

While we don’t use corrals, in 2021 we expect to stagger our START to allow for adequate social distancing and allow everyone move safely and smoothly off the start line and down Scarborough Lane. At registration you will be asked to identify as a: “HARES” (8 minute miles and faster) followed by “TORTOISES” (9 minute miles and slower), “WOBBLERS” (walkers), and then at the rear, “WHEELS & WAGS” (with kiddos and doggos in tow). 


Q: Is the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot chip timed?

No, chip timing is not used for our event -- in fact, we stress participation over scoring and use of a simple time clock so we can save the added expense and give it back to our community! If you are a competitive runner, please be aware that this is a non-sanctioned event and that we do not use a professional timing company or score the event. As we’ve said for over 2 decades, “if you want to know your time, look at your watch!” 


Q:  Getting to the Race…and where to park?

Take Highway 12 (Duck Road) to Duck. While the race begins on Scarborough Lane (Duck, NC) ALL participants MUST stage in the rear of the Scarborough Lane Shoppes, located at 1171 Duck Road.  Please note that there is NO PARKING (street or lot) at or near the staging location.  We encourage participants to bike or walk to the race if possible. Carpool if need be; some (not all) shopping areas may have available parking on Thanksgiving Morning.  Plan to arrive no later than 8:30 am; expect restricted and/or no vehicular access to Scarborough Lane as early as 7:30 am.


Q: Can I walk in the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot?

Of course, we have lots of walkers!! We ask walkers to line up at the back of the pack to allow the competitive runners to start the race. All participants should be physically able to finish and be off the course within 60 minutes (that’s a 20 minute mile or faster).

Q:   May I bring my dog?

Yes, but it MUST be controlled and on a short leash and you MUST line up at the back of the pack. In 2021, you will be asked to identify this by selecting “WHEELS AND WAGS” for your corral.  These guidelines are to assure everyone's safety -- dogs pose a significant threat on a tight course and some runners are fearful. We prefer dogs NOT ENTER the finish chute because it is tight, so if possible, plan on handing it off to a family member when signaled.

Q: Are baby strollers allowed?

Given the constraints of the course, if you have a young one in a jogging stroller you MUST line up at the back of the pack. In 2021, you will be asked to identify this by selecting “WHEELS AND WAGS” for your corral. Please stay alert from instructions coming from Public Safety Officials and Course Volunteers, as the roads are not closed to all vehicular traffic.

Q:  Is skating or cycling allowed?

No, for the safety of others, rollerblades, skateboards, roller skates, scooters, and bicycles are not allowed in the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot.

Q: What if it rains or snows? 

In general, rain or shine, the 25th Running of the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot will go on!  Only severe weather conditions will warrant delaying or canceling the event.  Our paramount concern is the safety of our participants.

Q: Is there water on the course?

Our preliminary plans for 2021 DO NOT INCLUDE providing a water station along the course.  There are NOT portable toilet facilities located at the water station.

Q: Are there restrooms?

Yes, we will have portable toilet facilities located at the Race Morning Staging area, in the rear of the Scarborough Lane Shops. These will be easily accessed for the Start, Finish, and Post Race Event (and Packet Pick-Up afternoon as well!)

Q:  This is my first 5K -- what’s a BIB?

Your “bib” is your number -- and you must pin it to the FRONT of your outer most layer of clothing.  If it is not visible to our Course Volunteers, you will be asked to leave the course and prevented from approaching the Finish Line. DO NOT REMOVE ANY PORTION of your bib -- it contains a ROAD ID coupon, and you will need to be wearing it at the Finish Line and for the post-race event.  Your bib number is also for our prize giveaways during the party -- we always have great gifts, but you must BE THERE to win!

Q: Why is there a limit to the number of runners and walkers?

Our 2021 REGISTRATION CAP will be determined based on RRCA best practices and public health guidelines as determined by the CDC, NCDHHS, and Dare County Health Department. The capacity may or may not be similar to previous events but will be in place to assure a safe and fun event for all participants and event volunteers. We ask for everyone's cooperation to not "bandit," compromising the health and safety of all those involved. Violating capacity ruins the goodwill we have worked hard to establish with our community and partners for over twenty five years! 

Q: Are there refreshments available at the post-race event?

We are relying on the expertise of our state and local health partners to help us modify our post-event planning.  We are hopeful that 25 years of success and experience organizing this event will help us create a fun, modified plan ahead of Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving! We will post all of the info about refreshments, beer, and prizes right here!


When beer is available at the Post Race Event, only registrants over the age of 21 will be provided with one identifying wristband ID attached to his/her race bib. If you would like to enjoy a beer at the Post Race Party, YOU MUST be wearingthis wristband. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!