In-Person November 25 | Virtual Nov 1 - 30 Roanoke, VA 24013 US
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5K Run

11/25 8:00AM EST - 9:00AM EST
In Person!

5K Walk

11/25 9:00AM EST - 11:00AM EST
2021 Drumstick DASH Map

The Drumstick DASH has moved!

The Drumstick DASH has moved to Rivers Edge Park in Roanoke with the starting line on Wiley Drive.

These last few days have been a whirlwind of conversations with Roanoke City Traffic & Engineering - then follow ups with our Race Director, Roanoke City Police Chief Sam Roman, the Sheriff's Department and Police Chiefs from every surrounding locality and even friends who sprang into action to get certified traffic flaggers.

On the current race course in Downtown Roanoke, we need a police officer at every traffic light and major intersection.  This requires a minimum of 13 officers and ideally 15-18 officers.

With the current staffing crisis with all Police Departments, the force is stretched so thin that they are unable to provide the level of officers needed to provide safety for the Downtown course.

The DASH must go on! 

With lots of behind the scenes work, we have identified an alternative course utilizing areas around Rivers Edge and the Greenways.  Our team is working diligently to set up this course with a level of excitement and fun that the Atlantic Union Drumstick Dash is known for.

What do we need?

We need you!  Come out, wear your best turkey costumes, bring your kids, bring your grandparents, bring your strollers and dogs.  Most of all bring a huge smile on your face knowing that you are moving your feet so others can eat.

Prayers are needed!  For the Rescue Mission, the DASH, and our dedicated local police force.

See you Thanksgiving morning!

Drumstick DASH Parking

If you are joining us at the 2021 Drumstick DASH, please park in the following parking lots from 7 - 11AM Thanksgiving morning:

  • Riverside Garage - located at 6 Riverside Circle
  • Surface Parking Lot - located at 5 Riverside Circle
  • Riverwalk Parking Garage - located at 1850 S. Jefferson Street
  • Surface Parking Lot - located at 1814 S. Jefferson Street

DO NOT PARK in the Ramada Lot 

Packet pickup dates and times

Date / Time: Nov. 20 / 9am - 5pm
Location: 1502 Williamson Road NE, Roanoke, VA, 24012 (2nd Helpings Gallery and Store)


Date / Time: Nov. 20 / 10am - 6pm
Location: 4347 Franklin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24018 (Fleet Feet Roanoke)


Date / Time: Nov. 22, 23, 24 / 7am - 6pm
Location: 401 3rd Street SE, Roanoke, VA, 24013 (Old Minute Muffler Building)


When you come to packet pickup you will get your 2021 Atlantic Union Bank Drumstick DASH shirt, and coupons/swag from local businesses and organizations. Once again, we can’t wait to see you and we look forward to Thanksgiving Day with all of our amazing supporters!


5K (3.1 mile) Run/Family Walk

The Drumstick DASH is a 5k run and family walk that happens every Thanksgiving Morning. The DASH benefits the Rescue Mission of Roanoke’s dining services and provides for the meals that the Rescue Mission serves on an annual basis. We typically serve about 200,000+ meals a year to those in need. These meals go to adults and children alike, providing needed nutrition so that each of our guests can focus on the ultimate success, rising out of poverty. We are honored to welcome some of the best runners in the area (and some from beyond) to our race. The DASH is the most popular race in the area and attracts everyone in the family from the athletic types to the ones who just want to have a good time and take a stroll. When you participate in the DASH, you're not just making a statement, you're supporting a movement. 

2021 Atlantic Union Bank Drumstick DASH: Join us on Thanksgiving Morning for the best race in town (seriously, we were voted "Best Race" by the Roanoker Magazine!)

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for The Atlantic Union Bank DRUMSTICK DASH.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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