Charlie Normile’s Turkey Trot: Race For the Fallen is November 28th

Charlie Normile's Turkey TrotThis year’s Turkey Troy is on thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019. Please visit the Turkey Trot 411 to learn more about the Turkey Trot or to register.

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 28, 2019

Sandbridge Seaside Market
209 Sandbridge Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA


9am: Gobble Wobble
9:10am: 5K
1 Mile begins after 5k


See message from Charlie’s mom, Elise Normile:


Dear Trot Family:

We hope you are ready for another amazing holiday cliché filled Thanksgiving morning at Charlie’s Turkey Trot that will rival any cozy town that Chevy Chase or Jimmy Stewart tried to capture.  (Make sure you see the “family challenge” for race attire this year and start brainstorming your winning team appearance. )

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Every registered runner will receive a VBStrong running jacket but, they are limited so register now! VB Strong is The branding and the reminder that we gave ourselves as the city of Virginia Beach when we were the first city in 2019 to lose neighbors, friends, family in a mass shooting at our City’s Municipal Department. Regardless of your hometown,

We KNOW You thought of us when you heard about this tragedy and your thoughts, worries, prayers were received. We pay tribute to our spirit of recovery and honor those we’ve lost in those who grieve still. We are VBStrong.

Santa Claus has confirmed that he will be coming to collect toys for the Noblemen toy drive once again and will stick around to visit with all of us as well…

Sandbridge Island is again donating two beers per registered participant 21 and over…

We will have treats from Santa Paws for all of our 4 legged friends so be sure to bring them and leashes along with you. It’s so nice to start the day with your dog buddies. They just love a good run.

We will have holiday cookie or cake plate trophies for the top 3 men and top 3 women in 8 age divisions BESIDES awarding grand prizes to the top 3 women and top 3 men finishers.

US Track and Field has certified the event and so all finishing times will be recorded and eligible for state and national records for age divisions and genders… we will have Chronotrak timing in the race bibs…

If, like me, you’re just running late more often than running 5ks…  Well, you can STILL win… we have nearly 2 dozen gift cards to give away as instant prizes for each toy donated at the race. Toys will be distributed through the Noblemen to local needy children.

Each gift from the Turkey Trot will have a blue ribbon that says “Hudson Holidays”  in honor of our little boy lost this past year in Pungo, Hudson Foschi.

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Family and individual Challenge!

We will ALSO be giving INSTANT prizes of gingerbread houses, wine, holiday gifts, and baked pies to those who best capture “holiday cliche” in your event appearance… Will you be the family in matching pajamas?!  The ugly Christmas sweater crew? Will we have 3 Wisemen with us?!

This years challenge is “Holiday Cliché” and if you nail it, you win….

The DJ is back, the pro photog is back, the red carpet’s been ordered, and now we’re just tying up the final details.

Register now. Your town is a family. Get here and let us know you’re coming… any weddings, engagements, babies, losses in our trot family? Shoot me a message… I scroll your names every year, your hometowns, your nicknames, and am always so delighted to see you all… but, tell me your story, or reach out, I’d love to hear your story, from any and all of you and meet you at the race.

Happy Trot Training,

Charlies mom,

Elise Normile