You have lots of questions. We've got answers.
Read on for answers to frequently asked questions. Most of your particular event details can be found on individual race landing pages. Scoot on over to the Join A Trot landing page and search for an event in your area. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just hit the email icon at the bottom of this page…drop your question to us and we’ll get right back to you, promise!
HOW FAR IS THE TROT?
Sponsored Cause/Annual Events: Each trot will be 5 Kilometers or ( 3.1 miles.) Each race coordinator is responsible for setting their own course – so difficulty levels may vary. Generally speaking trots are meant to be family friendly run/walks.
Self-Organized Events: Some of you may complete a self-routed speedy 5k. Some of you may meet for an early morning spin class and others may take an extra long stroll to fetch coffee. (We won’t tell if you don’t track a true 5k:) But! Get those selfies on social – the more #tofurkytrot shirts with do-good shares, the more we elevate sustainable holidays!
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO TROT?
Sponsored Cause/Annual Events: If you have two feet and can hop, skip, walk or run 5 Kilometers, you’re in. And your well-behaved furry friends can join too. (Just make sure you check in with your race coordinator to offer a heads up on the extra party crashers!)
Self-Organized: Anyone and everyone, the more the merrier.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN OR START A TROT?
Good question. Tofurky started trots around the nation to raise awareness for veg-friendly lifestyles and generate donations to some pretty cool non-profit organizations. Originally these trots we hosted on Thanksgiving Day – as an alternative the the traditional Turkey Trot. Now Tofurky trots are hosted at many different times throughout the year. We’ve partnered with some outstanding organizations this year – and the proceeds from your ticket sales will go directly to the non-profit that your group is running to support.
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A TROT I’VE REGISTERED FOR?
Sponsored Cause/Annual Events: All trots are organized by an independent race organizer. If you have questions about your particular event – you can find your race organizer contact information on the corresponding event-brite trot page.
Self-Organized: Your tickets are really designated for your shirt deliveries and Farm Sanctuary donation. So please go ahead and trot when you want, where you want and with whomever you want. We’ll cheer you on – as you tag #tofurkytrot from the road!
HOW DO I START MY OWN TROT?
Sponsored Cause/Annual Events: Thanks for asking. You’ll just need to fill out our “start a trot” form. We’ll review and get back to you with an account login to your very own race landing page. It’ll be a part of our overall trot program – so your friends and family can find it on this site. You’ll host – so all details about when, where and who’s invited – are up to you. We’ll also send you a cool race packet and your own t-shirt to jump start your event.
Self-Organized: For those of you looking to run on your own – or with less than 20 folks – just simply purchase a ticket on our site and keep your eyes peeled on that mailbox for your shirt(s) to arrive. Grab a buddy and get outside together on Thanksgiving morning for a memorable start to your Friendsgiving!
DO I NEED A PERMIT OR LICENSE FOR MY TROT?
Sponsored Cause/Annual Events: If you are a race organizer and looking to host your trot on private property, you’ll need to get the owner’s permission. (We suggest in writing.) If you’ll be trotting on public land, just make sure your course is clearly mapped and as a safety precaution – you might want to check with your county permitting office.
Self-Organized: Nope. Please just make sure you’re trotting in a safe place on sidewalks or public property. If you’ll be using/crossing private land – it’d be best to get permission.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER A TROT OR JOIN A TROT?
Sponsored Cause/Annual Events: You’ll need to check the event brite registration page for deadline closures…but you can usually register all the way up until the trot kicks off….
Self-Organized: A trot ticket in support of Friendsgiving should be a week in advance so that we can get you a shirt on-time. You can absolutely purchase a ticket right up to your trot timeframe – you’ll just be minus the apparel cool-factor… (we’ll get it to you soon!)
DO WE HAVE TO RUN?
Nope! You can walk, run skip, whatever you like!
ARE ORGANIZERS AND RUNNERS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN RISK?
Yes. Both organizers and runners sign a release when purchasing tickets, which agrees to hold Tofurky harmless in case of mishap during each individual event. Trotters will navigate each 5K at their own risk. Organizers host events at their own risk as well – but depending on the size/scope of your 5k may want to look into an additional release form and/or insurance.
WHAT IF MY EVENT IS CANCELLED – WILL I GET A REFUND?
We will not issue refunds for cancelled events, for two reasons. 1. A portion of the ticket sale covers the cost of your cool Tofurky Trot t-shirt or bag. This will be shipped to you immediately (or available at your race location) – which wouldn’t likely coincide with a race cancellation. 2. The remaining proceeds from your ticket sale go directly to the non-profit associated with your trot. We’ll be dispersing money on to the non-profits once your trot registration closes. We won’t be asking non-profits to return any of their donated funds. If your race is cancelled – it’s up to your race organizer to re-schedule or notify you of alternate plans.
WHEN DO I GET MY T-SHIRT?
Trot-day duds on the brain? Tofurky will pull and process orders for new trot registrations M-F. We’ll pack and ship your shirt via USPS-ground. Depending on your location (and sometimes weather!) it could take 5 business days to reach your address. If you’ve registered during the week of your trot – you’ll likely receive your t-shirt after the event. In an effort to conserve ticket proceeds for donation, we will not rush-ship t-shirt orders.
CAN I RETURN MY T-SHIRT OR ORDER A DIFFERENT SIZE?
Unfortunately we’re not equipped to handle returns at this time. As t-shirts and resources to pack and ship them are very limited. Please choose your size carefully 🙂
CAN I HOST OR JOIN A TROT OUTSIDE OF THE USA?
We hope to expand our program in the future! For right now all trots must remain in the USA for program compliance.