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at Package Pickup


Rackets & Runners
3880 Oak St, Vancouver, BC

Race week, Thursday through Sunday, visit us at Rackets & Runners during Package Pickup hours. Race day pick-up is not available. For the Virtual Race only, you may mail your race kit within Canada for a shipping and handling fee. Shipping is not available for the In-Person event as your kit includes various goodies including a Race Bib with a Timing Chip that could potentially be damaged if mailed. Dates and location subject to change. 

Thanksgiving Weekend

VIRTUAL RACE : October 1-15

You may run your Virtual Race anytime between October 1-15 and upload your results during this time frame. Choose a 5KM and/or 10KM virtual race. Those who run the 5KM virtual race and 10KM event will earn a bonus medal.

IN-PERSON : Thanksgiving Monday

The Granville Island Turkey Trot 10KM in-person race is annually held on Thanksgiving Monday with a start time of 8:30am. Please arrive early. On race day, there is no vehicle access to Granville Island from 8am-9:30am. Free parking on Thanksgiving Monday is available on Granville Island until 1pm. Race day Package Pickup will be unavailable, so please visit us beforehand at Rackets & Runners.

B.C. Vaccine Cards and Masking


RUNVAN® is requiring proof of vaccination and masks for its Fall 2021 Races. Runners will be required to produce the B.C. Vaccine Card showing proof of double vaccination for this year’s Granville Island Turkey Trot, October 11, and Great Trek, October 23, 2021, and wear masks during select times. Virtual Race participants will not be required to show proof of vaccination or wear masks.

RUNVAN® introduces this new in-person event policy following the province’s announcement that individuals are be required to show proof of vaccination to access a broad range of social, recreational, and discretionary events in B.C, as of September 13, 2021, continued through at least January 31, 2022.

Provincial health orders state masks are mandatory again in public indoor spaces throughout the province, and where physical distancing may not be possible. As such, masks will now also be mandatory during RUNVAN®’s upcoming Fall events during Package Pickup, in the Start Line and Finish Line areas and within all indoor venues. Masks may be removed when racing outside and should carried by the runner.

Performance Works on Granville Island and the University of BC, where the Granville Island Turkey Trot and Great Trek respectively take place, will also require proof of vaccination and masking at their indoor venues.

The event’s chief medical officer and Rockdoc, the official medical team for RUNVAN® events, have advised the non-profit organizers to adhere to these noted health and safety protocols. The double vaccination policy aligns with best practices being administered by other large events. Athletics Canada has similarly announced that everyone over the age of 12 who is participating in Athletics Canada events must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

The B.C. government is implementing the new vaccine passport program and mask mandates to manage the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. “Getting vaccinated is the way forward through the pandemic,” added B.C. premier John Horgan, alongside provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, during a news conference announcing the overall B.C. Vaccine Card requirements.

The new B.C. Vaccine Card is currently available for download at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

RUNVAN® will additionally accept alternative vaccine verifications as approved by the Province and Health Canada. Participants from other Canadian provinces or territories must show their provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record and valid government photo ID, while any international participants must show the proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada and their passport.

Runners will be requested to acknowledge this change in policy during online registration, and they will be required to show their proof of vaccination alongside valid government photo ID at Package Pickup in order to collect their race bibs.

RUNVAN® volunteers will similarly have to show proof of double vaccinations and adhere to the mask mandates.

Anyone who is sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 is requested to avoid event participation for the safety of others, and to contact the event organizers for deferral options. Please continue to be respectful of others.

To learn more about the vaccination program in B.C., please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register or https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

Safety is priority

Limited spots are available for all events and a sell-out is anticipated.


Safety continues to be the top priority for event organizers, and RUNVAN® has updated its traditional race offerings to support the return of in-person races for this year’s Fall events. To support physical distancing, in-person races will feature additional corrals, additional start waves, and include an increase in overall spacing requirements within staged areas. Participants will also have access to sanitation stations at multiple locations near package pickup, the Start Line Area, Finish Line Area and indoor venues.

Indoor space and post-race festivities race day will be limited or removed. To help reduce congestion and increase physical distancing, race day package pickup has also been removed, however, participants will have an increased number of days to visit package pickup prior to race day. Proxy pickup will also be available with the appropriate documentation, allowing others to pickup on the behalf of a registered runner.

Water stations on-course for the Fall 2021 races will be limited to one location, to again reduce the potential spread of any diseases. Runners are encouraged to be self-sufficient where possible and to bring their own hydration as appropriate. Masks will now also be mandatory at Package Pickup, the Start Line Area, Finish Line Area and indoor venues. For the purposes of the provincial order, a mask or face covering is defined as a medical or non-medical mask that covers the nose and mouth. Face shields and race wraps are not a substitute for a mask. Please bring your own mask.

Event organizers will continue to closely monitor all health guidelines and follow the appropriate regulations. Event details are always subject to change, as permits are subject to the approval from governing bodies. RUNVAN® has various event plans that will be adjusted according to the official guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer, City of Vancouver, and Vancouver Parks Board, to support the return of in-person racing. Participant safety is always a top priority.

Deferral Policy

Should organizers be forced to cancel the in-person event altogether, the RUNVAN® Deferral Policy will apply.

Deferral will include entry into this year’s Virtual Race, race swag, plus a partial discount into next year’s race.

Cancellation AFTER August 15, 2021, until race day October 11, 2021:

  • Entry to the 2021 Granville Island Turkey Trot Virtual Race, race bonuses, AND
  • 25% Deferral discount to the 2022, 2023 or 2024 Granville Island Turkey Trot

Refunds are not provided per race policies agreed to upon registration. Event funds are often spent well in advance of race day per traditional ordering timelines and supplier deposit terms, and registration can’t simply be returned. RUNVAN® invests in marketing, has fixed operational costs, plus makes large advance purchases. Since that product is ordered months in advance, refunds on products like medals and giveaways are unavailable. Registrants will still have an opportunity to complete the Virtual Race and collect their commemorative rewards.

Thank you for understanding.

What’s Included

  • RUNVAN® Socks
  • Race Bib with Timing Chip for the In-Person Race
  • Race Medal included with the 10KM In-Person Race
  • Combo Medal if you run 10KM, plus 5KM Virtually
  • RUNVAN® toque with the 10KM + 5KM Combo
  • $25 off at Rackets & Runners (min. $75 spend)
  • Stanley Park Beer (in-person pickup only, if of age)
  • Nuun Hydration (in-person pickup only)
  • Options to donate and fundraise for charity
  • Ability to add or skip medals with the Virtual Race
  • Race Results, leaderboards, and more

Race Bonuses

  • RUNVAN® Socks with the 5KM, 10KM or Combo
  • Race Medal included with the 10KM In-Person Race
  • Ability to add or skip medals with the Virtual Race
  • Combo Medal if you run 10KM, plus 5KM Virtually
  • RUNVAN® toque with the 10KM + 5KM Combo


All runners are traditionally assigned a bib number and corral according to their estimated finish time. Please note race bibs may not be transferred for legal and lability reasons and per race policies. Personalized bibs and estimated finish times may be updated until approximately two weeks prior to the race. For the 2021 race, check your email for your bib number or visit turkeytrotrun.ca/results-2021


Race day Package Pickup is unavailable. All runners must pick-up their race package during Package Pickup hours:

Location: Rackets & Runners – 3880 Oak St, Vancouver, BC
Dates: Race week, Thursday through Sunday
Times: Thursday, October 7, 10am to 6pm
Friday, October 8, 10am to 6pm
Saturday, October 9, 10am to 6pm
Sunday, October 10, 11am to 5pm

You will be required to present your bib number, picture ID and your B.C. Vaccine Card showing proof of double vaccination in order to collect your race bib.

To pick-up another runner’s race package, please have their full name and confirmation number, a copy of their valid photo ID, plus a screenshot image of their official B.C. Vaccine Card which includes their name and unique QR Code.

For groups larger than five, please email info@runvan.org with all the names in advance so we may prepare the packages ahead of time.

Your kit includes various race bonuses including exclusive RUNVAN® socks and a $25 Rackets & Runners gift card valid on a minimum spend. Additional souvenir merchandise may be purchased during online race registration only.

If you run the Virtual Race, you may also have your race kit mailed to you for $10 shipping and handling. Shipping is not available for In-Person races as Race Bibs with Timing Chips will not be mailed.

You may register during Package Pickup for the in-person 10KM race for $65 plus tax and fee via credit card. Note there is no registration or Package Pickup available race day.

Times and details are subject to change. Please respect the safety protocols if on-site. Thank you.


RUNVAN® socks
$25 Rackets & Runners gift card valid on a minimum spend

*Please present valid ID

In-Person Race

In-person events are back now that restrictions are lifted! Please note that traditional services like race day package pickup, water stations on-course and entertainment stations will be limited or removed. Additionally, RUNVAN® has made new changes to the Start Line Area and Finish Line Area in order to host you. If you are showing any signs of COVID-19 symptons, please avoid participation and email us: info@runvan.org.

Virtual Race

You may run, walk or stroll your virtual race distance at your own pace and at a time and location of your choice, following the guidelines of your local health authorities. You may choose your own race day and your own starting line, whether it’s a treadmill, a park, your neighbourhood streets or Seawall. For the Virtual Race, you’re asked to please find your own pedestrian friendly route.

When may I run the race?


  • 10KM : 8:30am start


  • You may run the Granville Island Turkey Trot Virtual Race anytime between October 1 through October 15. Please exercise proper social distancing and follow the guidelines of your local health authorities.

Start Live In-Person

In-Person: Please arrive early on Thanksgiving Monday.

  • Access: Granville Island vehicle access along Cartwright St will be closed from 8am to 9:30am. RUNVAN® thanks Granville Island, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Park Board for their assistance with road detours to annually host this community race on Thanksgiving Monday.
  • Parking: Free parking is available until 1pm on race day, Thanksgiving Day Monday, on Granville Island. Parking restrictions will be in place along Cartwright St, Old Bridge St, Duranleau St and Anderson St.
  • Toilets: Portable outdoor toilets will be available near Performance Works. Additional washroom facilities are available inside Performance Works when wearing a mask and providing proof of vaccination with Photo ID.
  • Gear Check: First, place all items you’d like checked into your own bag, ideally a clear see-through bag. Second, detach the tear-off tag at the bottom of your race bib, and attach it to this bag, and then thirdly, hand your one checked bag to the volunteers at Gear Check. After you finish, return to Gear Check and show your race bib to collect your bag. Note: RUNVAN® is not responsible for lost or damaged goods, and all clothing discarded near the Start Line will be donated to charity.
  • Pacers: Pacers will help guide runners with the goal times of 40min, 45min, 50min, 55min, 60min, 1hr 5min, 1hr 10min. Pacers will be visible with RUNVAN® pacer shirts and signs.
  • Corrals: Start waves feature five colour-coded corrals: 8:30am Black, 8:35am Grey, 8:40am Blue, 8:45am Yellow, 8:50am Pink. Approximately four minutes prior to your estimated Start Time, you’ll be invited to enter the Start Line Area. ie. Black corral may enter at 8:26am for their 8:30am start, Grey enters 8:31-8:35am, Blue 8:41-8:45am, and so on. You’ll enter at the back of the Start Line Area when your colour-coded corral is called!
  • Spacing: Please maintain physical distance within the Start Line Area. To help maintain physical distancing, you’ll enter into one of five lanes pre-race and then walk calmly towards the Start Line.
  • Sanitization: Sanitization stations will be set-up in multiple locations, including near the Start Line Area. You’re encouraged to utilize these services and are reminded to please stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Masking: Masks must be worn inside this Start Line Area, and may be removed once you cross the Start Line. Masks should be carried by the runner, and will be required again within the Finish Line Area.
  • Chip Times: Overall and Age Group Placings will be determined by Chip Time, not Gun Time. Your official timing chip is included on your race bib which must be visible at both the Start Line and Finish Line. Your time will officially start once you cross the Start Line timing mats.

Finish Line In-Person

In-Person: Thanksgiving Day Monday.

  • Overview: The Granville Island Turkey Trot 10KM is officially measured and marked. The Finish Line is eight meters North of Island Park Walk, off the Seawall and before the wooden footbridge. Please be cautious of your footing on the Seawall and near the Finish Line which can be slippery if wet.
  • Masking: Masks must be worn within the Finish Line Area after you’ve completed your run. Masks should be carried by the runner, and will be required in the Start Line Area as well.
  • Water: Water will be available at approximately 5.5KM oncourse, on the Northside of False Creek underneath Granville St. Bridge, and almost immediately after you cross the 10KM Finish Line.
  • Medals: Medals will be awarded to all finishers! Please continue down the wooden walkway and turn left after passing Performance Works to collect one race medal per registered runner.
  • Food: Food will also be available for runners as you continue on towards the far Northeast corner of Performance Works and the outdoor Food Tent. The menu includes chips, bars, bananas, cookies and Nuun. Please help yourself to one serving of each item.
  • Results: Chip timed results will be posted online at turkeytrotrun.ca/results
  • Patience: Please note there may be cues for certain services such as the toilets or Gear Check. Please be patient and maintain safe physical distancing. Thank you!

Where is the Race Course?

In-Person: The scenic and fast 10KM race starts at Granville Island and loops over the Burrard Bridge to the Seawall, before turning at Science World and heading back along the Seawall to the energetic Finish Line on Granville Island. You’ll pass parks and run along the world-famous Seawall to a unique finish.

Virtual: Please choose your own route for the virtual event. By allowing you to create your own routes, you may participate from wherever you are! Use caution if running outside, and be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Event Maps

Note: If you are running the Virtual Race, please choose your own route that is pedestrian friendly. Use caution if running outside, and be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Please also be respectful of safety concerns and follow the lead of your local health authorities. The Kids Run is virtual this year.




Road Closures

Virtual Race Precautions

On Race Day, runners usually wear a race bib with a timing chip and emergency contact info. This will be included on your bib for the In-Person event. For the Virtual Race, for safety reasons, please give someone else your race route and have an emergency contact located on your body or phone while you’re out just in case.

Aside from practicing safe, physical distancing, be alert of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Remember, there are no road closures in effect during your Virtual Race. Try to stay on sidewalks or trails as much as possible and be sure to obey all traffic signals. If you’re going to listen to music, ensure you can still hear what’s going on around you. Treadmill racing may also be an option for you.

How may I submit race results?

In-Person race registration includes a Race Bib with a Timing Chip, and official results that will be posted online!

Virtual Race participants may submit their times from October 1-15. Virtual Race participants may use their unique ‘Confirmation Code‘ provided during registration as their ‘Claim Code‘ to record and submit Virtual Race results. You may upload data from your tracking device, or via manual input. Be sure to also share your ‘Finish Line’ photos on social @runvancanada #runvan

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