Join us for the 18th Annual United Community Bank Turkey Day 8K, a community run/walk on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Spartanburg. Since 2005, this event has become a tradition that encourages residents and visitors to balance healthy lifestyles with holiday festivities!


Location: The race begins at Spring and Main Streets at 7:30 am at the Love Where You Live Mural. Water & bananas will be available for participants at the finish line.

Registration: The registration fee requires a *$10 donation towards active living and healthy eating initiatives in Spartanburg County. Please also bring a healthy canned good donation to benefit TOTAL Ministries. 

Shirt Pick-up: A limited number of Turkey Day long sleeve shirts are available for purchase. Shirts can be picked up on site at the event OR beforehand at the PAL front porch (226 South Spring Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306) during these times: 

  • Monday, Nov 21: 4pm- 6pm
  • Tuesday, Nov 22: 11am- 1pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 23: 10am- 2pm


Turkey Day Running/Walking Teams:

For the first time ever, we are introducing Turkey Day Running/Walking Teams! 

To create a team:  

  1. Recruit 4 or more other friends/ family/coworkers for a minimum of 5 members. Next, submit your team information here.  

  1. The PAL team will then add your team name to the registration page (within one business day). 

  1. Finally, when you register for the race at , there will be an option to choose your team! Be sure your team members select your team's name when signing up. 

Each team will get called out at the start of the race, and the team with the most members registered wins bragging rights and a free tree plaque that PAL will customize and put at the Rail Yard Community Park. Most of all, have fun with it! Matching outfits, shoes, hats? Go crazy! We can't wait to see your team. Happy running! 



The 18th Annual United Community Bank Turkey Day 8K is generously sponsored by Founders FCU, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Sherman College, The Johnson Group, Cribbs Catering, Sophia’s, Elliot & Painter, Nicole Baker, CPA, Stravolo Wealth Management, Anytime Fitness, Big Dogs Running Club, Cedar Springs Family Dentistry, Hot Spot, Live Fit Now, Motivus Crossfit, Parker Poe, Pivotal IT, Live Fit Now, Parker Poe, Sunnyside Chiropractic, The 530 Group, VCOM, Action Printing, Allegra Printing, The City of Spartanburg, and the Spartanburg Running Club.  


*The Turkey Day 8K is not a sanctioned race & there will be no Turkey Day bibs this year.

*If you are unable to pay the registration fee, contact Sophi Schwartzbauer at for scholarship information.

Start Time

7:30 AM


$10 donation to benefit local healthy eating and active living initiatives 

plus a healthy canned good donation to benefit TOTAL Ministries


Love Where You Live Mural in downtown Spartanburg 

Long Sleeve Shirts

$20 - Click here for the design!


First 75 men and 75 women to cross the finish line win the coveted Turkey Day socks!

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