There is a distance to accommodate all levels of runners at the Turkey & TATURS 50K, 25K, 10K trail running event. RunnersWorld and TATUR pride themselves on putting on events with the runners in mind. With well marked courses and amazing aid stations and support we aim to give you the best trail running experience possible. Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner looking for a new challenge, or a road runner searching for a change of pace and scenery, Turkey N Taturs will take you there.
This race is part of the Oklahoma Dirt Trail Race Series
|Chili Cookoff||Judge @ 10:00am||Free|
You may sign up on paper at RunnersWorld Tulsa any time until saturday, 5:30pm.
Registration is also available on race day starting at 5:30am at the start/finish area.
Pre-registered packet pick up will be at Runnersworld Tulsa, 3920 S. Peoria, Tulsa on Friday and Saturday, November 2nd & 3rd from 10am to 6pm.
Packets may also be picked up on race day.
Turkey Mountain is an "Urban Wilderness Area". You will find beautiful lush surroundings that run alongside the Arkansas River. As you approach from the north, you will be able to see it's peak that juts 300 feet above the Arkansas River. Elevation is between 600-900 ft. above sea level. Ninety percent of the course is on narrow single-track trails.
Most of the trails are under a a canopy of deciduous tress and amidst a thick layer of vegetation The trails have the sand /gravel /rock surface common to this area and can easily be run on after hard rains. The course has varying degrees of difficulty. There are easy-going non-technical areas, mostly flat and thoroughly negotiable, and there are intense, highly difficult technical areas with short, hard and very rocky climbs.
Turkey Mountain is not only a trail runners paradise but it also is a mountain biker's dream. This is all public land and you will encounter many mountain bikers, hikers, and maybe even a few horses. Please give all of them the right of way. It is much easier and for a runner to step off to the side of the trail than it is for a biker or horseback rider. There will be sections of the course that will be very rocky and/or steep. It is highly recommended to walk these areas. The seconds that you may lose is certainly less than the time it takes to wrap a twisted ankle.
Thanks to fellow runner and geologist Ron Haveman of Sandy Tracks Mapping we have an interactive version of the Turkey N Taturs course map. With this map and the application you can easily track your current location on the course using your mobile phone.
If you don’t already have the Avenza® Maps application you can download it on your phone from the Avenza web site by clicking their logo.
Once you have the Avenza Maps application you can load the Turkey N Taturs specific map:
You now have an interactive map for the race course that shows your current location.
|50K Male||4:10:15||Daniel Ellis||2016|
|50K Female||4:55:36||Gia Dawn Madole||2013|
|25K Male||1:50:14||Mark Thompson||2014|
|25K Female||2:16:50||Jessica Tranchina||2006|
|10K Male||38:36||Kyle Wardel||2015|
|10K Female||50:50||Lori Enlow||2012|
Turkey Mountain landmark - The Hood commemorating the 2006 Turkey N Taturs winner, Rick Howerton
Our aid stations are manned by the best volunteers in the area. Most are trail and ultra runners themselves and anticipate your every need - even before you know you need it.
Turkey 'N' Taturs wouldn't be possible without the help of great volunteers. Sign up for a shift at our VolunteerSignup website. Don't worry if you are new to the volunteer scene. You'll be working alongside and learning from the best of the best.
We have shifts available Saturday (course marking) and all day Sunday. We have shifts that are good for families. We have shifts that are good for sitting in the woods alone to ponder the meaning of life.
To show our appreciation each volunteer will receive a 30% discount coupon from RunnersWorld Tulsa in addition to the hours of unmatched fun in the woods.
Small sample of Turkey N Taturs worldwide famous aid station treats
Without rules there would be nothing but chaos, well maybe mayhem. Turkey 'N" Taturs has just a few rules but plenty of helpful tips and advice to make this a great race.
That's it, so it should be easy. The rest is up to you.
If you are knocking down spider webs you are either in the lead or off course.
--Brian Hoover, off-course expert
It's difficult - but not impossible - to get off course at Turkey N Taturs.
The Turkey 'N' Taturs Trail Race was conceived in the summer of 2006 by Race Director Brian Hoover and Mike Snyder. Trail running was starting to boom in the Tulsa area with the start of the Tulsa Area Trail & Ultra Runners club, the popularity of Turkey Mountain, and several short trail sprint races in the area.
Tulsa needed a race that was longer than a marathon. Tulsa needed an ultra-marathon. Several people doubted that a 15.5 mile course could be laid out at Turkey Mountain without crossing itself or using the trail twice. They were wrong. Several people doubted that the 50K distance would attract more than a handful of crazies. They were wrong. Naysayers said that Turkey Mountain is too rocky, rooty, and that the area was just too difficult to run on for 30+ miles. They were WRONG !!
Due to the tremendous support of Tulsa's running community Turkey & Taturs has drawn runners from all over the country to enjoy the challenge and the beauty of Turkey Mountain. Many race directors try to duplicate the spirit and enthusiasm of Turkey 'N' Taturs but none can match Oklahoma's original ultra-distance trail race.
Many people have played a role in keeping Turkey 'N' Taturs the premier trail race in Oklahoma. Special thanks to everyone who had a hand throughout the years for making the Turkey & Taturs race such a success.
The infamous Ken 'TZ' Childress doing what he does best - talk about running