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Otter Trotter 5K & Fun Run

Date: Nov 23, 2023
Time: 7:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Hit me with your best trot!

Join Bayou the Otter on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2023 for the 4th Annual Otter Trotter 5K and fun run. The 5K will begin and end at Mississippi Aquarium. The Race begins at 8:15AM at the Aquarium on 15th street and ends at the entry plaza. The fun run begins at 8:45AM. The Aquarium is open on Thanksgiving Day from 10AM – 3PM making for the perfect way to spend the day with your family at the Aquarium.

Become a part of our family and create a new tradition with us at the Otter Trotter 5K and Fun Run!

Fun Run Decorating Contest

Get started decorating those strollers and wagons for our special Fun Run contest! Decorations should be in the theme of Otters OR Thanksgiving. Fun prizes to be awarded to each of the category winners.

  • On the date of the event, visit our registration table by 8:30am to submit your contest entry.
  • Guest Judges will be on site to determine our winners!
  • Three categories will be awarded: Best Themed, Most Elaborate, and Honorable Mention.

Registration Information

Registration INCLUDES admission to the Aquarium for Thanksgiving Day.

*Ages 5 and under are not required to pay 5k registration. However, a spectator, non-runner ticket will need to be purchased for children ages 3-5 for Aquarium admission.
  • Guests of race participants are required to pre-purchase a spectator ticket in order to enter campus during and post-race. Spectator tickets can be added during the registration process at checkout and are discounted. The day of the race will be the regular admission price.
  • For participants that register after November 15, event t-shirt sizes are not guaranteed but we will do the best we can to get you in your desired size.

Day of registration will be available 7AM - 7:45AM

Race Day Schedule

  • 7:00 - 7:45AM - Packet pickup and day of registration
  • 8:15AM - 5K race begins
  • 8:45AM - Fun run begins
  • 9:30AM - Post race awards
  • 10AM - Aquarium opens

5K Route Info

STARTING LINE: Mississippi Aquarium Walkway at 15th
FINISH LINE: Mississippi Aquarium Entry Plaza

*The starting line location has changed this year from our past route due to construction. The route's turnaround was extended to Gulf Ave. to accommodate the change.

Fun Run Route Info

Participants will line up following the start of the 5K.

STARTING LINE: Mississippi Aquarium Walkway at 15th
FINISH LINE: Mississippi Aquarium Entry Plaza

5K Route Map

Fun Run Route Map

Otter Trotter 5K FAQs

Where does the course begin and end?

What is the course like?

When and where is early registration package pick up?

Can I pick up my friend's packet?

Is there race day packet pick up?

Can I register at early packet pick up? What about the day of the race?

Are walkers and strollers welcome?

What is the minimum age requirement and do you need a parent's or guardian's consent to participate?

Can I have my favorite pet/dog run with me?

What if I forget my bib at home?

Will there be restrooms on the course?

The shirt in my packet doesn't fit. Can I exchange it for a different size?

Will there be anything after the race?

I'm running. Can my spouse/family volunteer?

I registered but now I can't make it. Can I get a refund or defer my registration to next year?

What if it rains?

What would cause the race to be canceled? Would I get a refund?

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