To guarantee the safety and comfort of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to take our CDF 2020 Turkey Trot virtual. We understand the new format may prompt questions, and we are happy to provide details and answers.

What is the CDF “virtual” Turkey Trot Cross-Country Challenge?

Have you ever thought, “One day, I’ll take a trip across the country?” Well, now is your chance! The annual CDF Turkey Trot raises funds to support celiac disease research, and this year we are going virtual with a Turkey Trot Cross-Country Challenge! Registration opens on August 15, and we encourage you to fundraise, build your team, and meet other participants in our private Facebook Group as we lead up to the big cross-country event that will take place on November 14 and 15.

Over these two days, you will be moving a total of 3.1 miles and utilizing the Walker Tracker app to count your steps. The distance will be mapped on the app as a cross-country route, and each step you take will be applied to the map as if you are traveling across the country. We will start in New York and end in Los Angeles, making 8 exciting stops along the way in Princeton, Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans, Austin, Denver, the Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas. As you pass through each of these 10 landmarks, you may have the opportunity to unlock a coupon or prize from our sponsors.

And to make things even better, ANY movement – walking, running, gardening, yoga, biking, cleaning, etc. – will count as “steps” toward your goal, so anyone can participate from anywhere and choose their own health adventure.

Not only will you be rewarded with gluten-free goodies for going 3.1 miles with us and accelerating celiac disease research, but we will also be awarding the top 3 individual fundraisers and top 3 team fundraisers on November 15.

What is the timeline for the CDF Virtual Turkey Trot Cross-Country Challenge?

Registration opens August 15, 2020. All participants must register through the Celiac Disease Foundation website, celiac.org/2020turkeytrot. The Turkey Trot Cross-Country Challenge will take place over two days, on November 14 and 15, 2020.

What is the price for the CDF Virtual Turkey Trot Cross-Country Challenge?

  • Early Bird Pricing is $40 for those who register between August 15 and November 1.
  • Regular pricing is $50 for those who register between November 2 and 15.
  • For just $10, dogs, cats, and furry friends can register with their human and receive a matching bandana.

What will I receive when I register for the CDF Virtual Turkey Trot Cross-Country Challenge?

Each registrant will receive a personalized fundraising page, Turkey Trot t-shirt, bandana, and access to a private CDF Turkey Trot Facebook Group to meet others in the celiac community and share tips and tricks for successful virtual fundraising. Before the race, registered participants will also receive a downloadable bib and race kit to proudly use on the cross-country journey, and a downloadable finishing certificate to acknowledge your hard work of raising funds and awareness to support celiac disease research.

Registrations received after October 23 may not receive their first choice of t-shirt size.

Dogs, cats, and furry friends will receive one bandana per pet registration.

When should I expect to receive my t-shirt and bandana?

Barring any unforeseen circumstances (we’ve had enough of those, 2020!), you will receive your t-shirt and bandana at least 3 weeks after registering through the Celiac Disease Foundation website.

How can I meet others who are participating?

Once you have registered, you will have access to a private CDF Turkey Trot Facebook Group to meet others in the celiac community. In past years, the in-person event fostered a unified environment, creating a special opportunity to connect with others facing similar situations and form lasting relationships. As we are now virtual, the private Facebook Group will allow us to uphold this special part of the CDF Turkey Trot, serving as a safe place to share stories, photos, videos, fundraising tips, and more.

Are there any fundraising requirements?

Fundraising for the CDF Turkey Trot is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in shaping the future of celiac disease! The funds you raise directly accelerate celiac disease research towards treatments and a cure.

Upon registration you will receive a fundraising page that can be personalized with your photo, celiac story, why raising funds and awareness is important to you, and your personal fundraising goal. We will also provide you with helpful tips and tricks for successful fundraising.

The top 3 individual fundraisers and top 3 team fundraisers will win big prizes on November 15!

Do I need to join or make a virtual team?

Being a part of a virtual team is not required but encouraged. Creating a team provides support and unity for families and groups of fundraisers, while also adding an element of competition. With multiple team members raising funds and educating their network, the message gets exponentially amplified to new people and potential supporters.

During the registration process you will be asked, “Will you be creating a personal fundraiser?”. If you would like to join or create a virtual team, you must select “Yes.”

What is the Walker Tracker app?

Walker Tracker is the app we are using to track your steps and reward you with gluten-free prizes on November 14 and 15. Registered participants will receive a “How To” video and instructions on how to download and use the app before the virtual Turkey Trot Cross-Country Challenge on November 14 and 15. Steps or activities completed on the app before November 14 will not be affiliated with this event or count toward the Turkey Trot Cross-Country Challenge 3.1 mile goal.

How do I learn about sponsoring this event?

Are you interested in supporting the Celiac Disease Foundation and want to get your gluten-free product or service to our celiac community? Please contact Laura Boone to discuss sponsorship opportunities, laura.boone@celiac.org.

Please email Laura Boone, laura.boone@celiac.org, with any remaining questions. While the format may be new, the Celiac Disease Foundation’s commitment to raising funds and awareness for celiac disease is unwavering, and we hope we can continue to count on your steadfast support.