Frequently Asked Questions


Is the event virtual or in-person? What is a virtual 5K?

The short answer: it's both! SOME's Trot for Hunger is currently planning for an in-person 20th Annual Race! While the event may look slightly different and modifications might be necessary, we are excited to bring our community together for such an important cause. To ensure that all are able to participate, we will also offer a virtual 5k that can be completed anytime and anywhere; registration for the virtual or in-person race are both conducted on this website. The goal of participating virtually or with us in person remains the same: to create awareness and raise funds to help benefit those in need by providing much-needed food, housing, access to healthcare, employment training, and long-term comprehensive addiction treatment programs. We encourage you to join us in-person or virtually for this mission!


When is the race?

The in-person Trot for Hunger occurs on Thanksgiving morning - this year, it will be held on Thursday, November 25th. If you are participating in the virtual race, you may run or walk safely in your neighborhood anytime before by November 26th 6 a.m.

Can the whole family participate?

Yes! The race morning begins with a Little Turkey trot, a 1 mile total out and back race, for our younger participants. This will be followed by the start of the full 5k race, with options and starting lines for those who are either running, jogging, or walking the route! The event concludes with a festival-like environment, with live entertainment, refreshements, and fun for the whole family!


What COVID-19 Safety Precautions will be in place?

SOME's Trot For Hunger is currently planning on having an in-person 20th Annual race. However, there is a possibility that some restrictions on runner capacity, social distancing measures and mask use may be in place in November due to COVID-19. Based on possible social distancing requirements, it may be necessary to create a staggered start line or variable timing to allow social distancing for runners. Mask use may also be required for runners at the start line, on the race course and while in the post-race finish area. Our post-race refreshments and food may look different this year also due to COVID-19 restrictions. We do have a virtual option that is available for all participants. If you feel uncomfortable running in person this year, we can switch your registration to the virtual option. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 guidelines and trends to maintain a safe experience for all race attendees and the community. We will communicate any necessary changes to all participants as they become necessary.


Where are packet pickups and when?

Packet pickup information will be communicated to all registered participants closer to the event date. It will also be posted on this webpage under the race information, packet pickup section. If you are picking up for more than yourself, please bring a written or typed list of the names, and t-shirt sizes


Are group discounts or sponsorships available?

Yes! If you have more than 10 runners, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email so we can setup a time to discuss further!


What do I wear? Do I get a shirt?

All registered participants receive a custom event t-shirt (and other fun event swag) - sizes are guaranteed for those who check-in and participate in packet pickup leading up to the event. While you are welcome to wear your event shirt for the race, there are many racers and family members who come in costumes and turkey-approved, family friendly attire! Have fun with your outfit (but do please keep it family friendly!). For those participating virtually, you will receive an event t-shirt after the conclusion of the in-person event.


Who does the Trot for Hunger support?

The Trot for Hunger 5K raises essential funds and awareness to combat poverty in the Washington metropolitan area and provides a way for the community to help those experiencing homelessness on Thanksgiving morning. Proceeds from the 5K benefit thousands of homeless families and single adults, including the elderly and people suffering from mental illness, by providing much-needed food, clothing, access to healthcare, employment training, and long-term comprehensive addiction treatment programs. You can learn more about SOME and our mission here.


I have a question that isn't answered here, how do I contact someone?

Please contact the Trot for Hunger team at or 202-599-4626.




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