Race Day Schedule
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019

7:30AM                Registration/packet pick-up opens at Sendero Field and The Pavilion

8:30 AM               5K Start at The Pavilion

10:00 AM             1K Start (Little Gobbler’s) at Sendero Field


Start Locations

The Pavilion, 2 Tierno Road, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

Sendero Field, 29201 Ortega Highway, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

Street Closures in Esencia
To accommodate the event route, there will be three streets closed in the village of Esencia from approximately 6:00AM to 10:00AM on Thanksgiving morning:

  • Fauna Drive between Chiquita Canyon Drive and Esencia Drive

  • Esencia Drive between Saliente Road and Andaza Street

  • Andaza Street between Esencia Drive and Aprender Street (by The South Plunge)

Click here to see the map to see the best route of egress out of the village of Esencia and onto Cow Camp Road during this time.

Race Day Parking

5K - The Pavilion

  • The Pavilion  - 2 Tierno Road, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

  • The Canyon House - 75 Esencia Drive, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

  • Esencia School - 5 Aprender Street, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

  • Street parking on Andaza and Aprender

1K -  Sendero Field

  • Guest House Parking Lot - 11 Brioso, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

  • Reata Park - 28632 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  • Sendero Marketplace - 30721 Gateway Place, Rancho Mission Viejo, 92694

  • Street parking along Ribera Road and Ascenso Avenue

RanchRide Shuttle Service
Click here for shuttle timetable. RanchRide shuttle service runs on race day from 7:00AM to 11:20AM with stops approximately every 15 to 20 minutes at the following:

  • Guest House - 11 Briosa Street, Rancho Mission Viejo, 92694

  • The Pavilion - 2 Tierno Road, Rancho Mission Viejo, 92694

  • Sendero Field - 29201 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Event Timing/Results

Chip timing will be used for the 5K race. Your race packet will include your race number (bib) and timing chip. Prior to the race start, attach the bib to the front of your shirt and secure with the safety pins included in packet. The timing chip is on your bib, so do not bend the number bib. Runners crossing the start line or entering the finish area without the timing chip attached may not be timed and could be disqualified from receiving any award. Official results and awards will be based on your chip time (net time on the course). Results will be posted near the finish line and can be viewed at a later time at www.turkeytrotontheranch.com or www.gemininext.com.

Race Start/Finish

All 5K runners should be in the start area by 8:15AM as the race will begin promptly at 8:30AM. The 5K race will begin at The Pavilion and finish down at Sendero Field. A shuttle service will be provided to get participants to the start line for the 5K. Prior to the start, please attach your bib securely to the front of your shirt (remember - no chip, no time.) Runners should line up according to their anticipated pace. Strollers are welcome, but please try to stay to the side to accommodate other runners. The 1K Little Gobbler’s Run will start and finish at the start/finish arch at Sendero Field at 10AM.  Please NO pets on the course! This event is on a closed course and only for paid participants; runners without numbers will not be permitted. Race results will be posted near the finish line as available and will be updated continually. At approximately 9:45AM, race prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in both the Men's and Women's 5k. All participants will receive a custom collector's finisher medal.


Wednesday, November 27 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Dick's Sporting Goods - 27502 Antonio Pkwy #B, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Thursday, November 28 - The Pavilion (2 Tierno)
7:30AM to 8:30AM - 5K and 1K
Thursday, November 28 - Sendero Field (29201 Ortega Hwy)
7:30AM to 8:00AM - 5K and 1K
7:30AM to 10:00AM - 1K only


Click here to see 2019 Course Map.

The Turkey Trot on The Ranch is organized by Ladera Legs and K&J Racing LLC. in partnership with RanchLife to benefit The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.