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Thursday, November 23, 2023

Thanksgiving Day Trot Against Poverty 5K
Presented by Michael Pierce in Memory of Kathie Pierce

The wildly popular Trot Against Poverty 5K is back for its 16th year. This is a professionally-timed race for runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities. Trot is more than a healthy start to your holiday…it’s also an unforgettable way to give back while you give thanks!

The goal of this community-based event is to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit United Against Poverty, whose mission is to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.


Meet the Event Director - Allison Zukowski

Event Director, Allison

Allison, Development Manager at United Against Poverty, is a dedicated mother to her kids as well as their family dog, Phoebe, and three cats, Levi, Mr. Nimbus, and Amelia. After moving from Massachusetts to Sebastian at the age of three, she enjoyed playing soccer and racing go karts across Florida. When she isn't working Allison loves taking on DIY projects and spending time with her family in Sebastian and Tennessee. Allison has always been surrounded by running events as her older brothers and nephews are avid runners. Turkey Trot has been her favorite UP event since she started helping out 10 years ago. This year is her third year directing Turkey Trot and she loves seeing the families who have made this event a part of their Thanksgiving tradition. Allison is excited to see Turkey Trot grow year after year with her amazing team.


Meet the Assistant Event Director - Lindsey Sumpter

Assistant Event Director, Lindsey

Lindsey, Development Coordinator at United Against Poverty, has been assisting with Turkey Trot since joining the UP team in 2020. A West Virginia native, Lindsey, her husband, and their two cats quickly fell in love with the Treasure Coast after moving to the area in 2018. She loves the outdoors, often finding time to bird watch and admire plants. Lindsey has recenly become a runner and now has an even deeper appreciation for the Trot Against Poverty 5K as a community tradition that brings so many people together.


25ft Turkey Tom - Sponsored by Cole Auto Supply/Napa Auto Parts

Turkey Tom has flown the coop and will be at United Against Poverty until Thanksgiving morning. Keep an eye out from him while driving on US 1 just north of 26th Street.

Turkey Tom on tour


Make a Difference

This year, we will have peer-to-peer fundraising for our 16th Annual Trot Against Poverty 5K that will benefit United Against Poverty's programs. UAP provides the following programs: Member Share Grocery Programs (MSGP): a dignified food and household assistance program where you can personally select the nutritious food items your family needs. Crisis Stabilization Program: provides support for those facing instability in their lives. Success Training Employment Program (STEP): a workforce development program dedicated to enhancing job-readiness skills. Education Program: free educational workshops that are open to the public. Create a fundraising team and make a difference in our community by helping UPlift our neighbors in need. United Against Poverty of Indian River County's purpose is to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.



Event Schedule

November 23

Registration Details

Packet Pick Up

Day of packets may be picked up at Riverside Park.

How to Participate

Trot logo

This Year's Race Route

2023 Turkey Trot Race Map

This Year's Commemorative Race T-Shirt

2023 Trot Against Poverty Event T-Shirt

Commemorative Winners Medal Sponsored by Piper

2022 Trot Against Poverty Winners Medals


Race Bib and Timing Chip
Sponsored by George E. Warren
Professional race timing on a certified 5k course with posted results.

sweet potato pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancake Breakfast
Sponsored by Michael and Linda Rusciano
After you cross the finish line, celebrate with Marsh Landing Restaurant’s sweet potato pancake breakfast and Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice!

United Against Poverty

Your participation in this race is a chance to be a voice for the 55,427 Indian River County households who struggle to afford basic necessities*. All funds raised from sponsorships, registration fees and participant fundraising pages will benefit United Against Poverty. Together, we can break the cycle of poverty for Treasure Coast families.

*Source: 2019 United Way ALICE Project Report

UP kids