Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally

Work off those Thanksgiving calories before you take a single bite at the annual Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally! This yearly bike race has variable lengths (anywhere from 8 miles to 68 miles!) and is the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day, with all proceeds benefiting the programs of the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis, which includes sponsorship of eight youth leadership clubs (Circle K, Key Club, Builders Club) and their Tiny Libraries project, which provides books for school-aged children.

Denton Breakfast Kiwanis invites you to our 36th Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally! We have 5 routes, one especially for families with kids and challenged riders. There will be plenty of sag wagons and rest stops, including the Rudy’s Bar-B-Q for the 68 milers. We’re following the same routes as last year, each just as well marked and as welcoming as ever.

The ride send-off: Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 9 a.m. from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (ICCC), 2255 N. Bonnie Brae, in Denton. Denton Breakfast Kiwanis members will be there as early as 7 a.m. to welcome and register riders. The church is at the corner of Windsor and Bonnie Brae (From 380, travel north; from Loop 288N, travel south). Enter the ICCC campus from Bonnie Brae for registration and parking.

Helmets are required, and the Turkey Roll happens rain, snow, or shine. No refunds.
2018 Turkey Roll t-shirts are guaranteed for all registered riders present.

Register now and take advantage of the $30.00 fee, if received by September 30. Entry fees will increase as follows:

October 1-November 9

November 9 to the day of the rally

Online registration closes Thursday, November 15 at 5 p.m.

Note to riders: The Breakfast Kiwanis is using ACTIVE.com again to register.  Registrants should take note of the following on two pages:

  1. The page right after you enter your name and rally choices, has you opting in for FREE Active.com emails.
  2. The page JUST before you click to CONFIRM payment; Be sure to Click “NO THANKS” for the $69.95 yearly ACTIVE.com subscription… UNLESS you want it.

If you are accidentally charged for this extra cost, contact Jack Becker or the ACTIVE.com support team at activeadvantage@activenetwork.comor 866-561-0647.

Downloadable Entry Form

Downloadable Multi-Rider Form

Denton Turkey Roll 2018 Routes

All routes will start on Windsor Drive north of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (ICCC), passing through North Lakes and Evers Parks, to Sherman Drive.

GPS Elevation Maps of Ride:  39 Miles  68 Miles

8 Mile Route

From Sherman Drive, turn left, and pass the Sherman Drive Fire Station and Loop 288 underpass. The 8-mile route ends at the Water Works Park Rest Stop; turn around here.

The other routes continue out on Sherman. Pass Route 2153, and turn left at Zachery Road (8.6 miles from start), just beyond the Zachery Road Rest Stop. Follow winding Zachery Road until you hit Burger Road (mile 10.4). Then, turn right on Burger, which hairpins back to Route 2153, where you turn right (mile 12.8). Then you’ll turn right again on Running Bear Road (mile 14.2), soon reaching the Wishbone Pass Rest Stop on Highway 455 by Lake Ray Roberts. This is the decision point for all riders. You must reach Wishbone Pass by 11 a.m. to continue left on Route 455 for the longer (52 and 68 mile) routes. Otherwise, return on the 29-mile route, or take a right toward the dam for the 39-mile course.

29-Mile Route

Wishbone Pass is your turnaround; so go back to the start via Running Bear Road, Route 2153, Burger, Zachery, Sherman, and Windsor. Please note that Burger Road meets up with Route 2153 twice. Turn left at the first Burger (mile 16.4) for a smoother ride to Zachery. As you exit North Lakes Park, turn left on Bonnie Brae to enter the church campus, where you’ll find fun and hot dogs. There are five rest stops on this course, each with water, sports drink, and bananas.

39-Mile Course

Turn right at Wishbone Pass onto Highway 455 and cross the Lake Ray Roberts Dam. On this route, you’ll find a rest stop at Pilot Point (mile 21.9). After the rest stop, turn right onto Route 377 and then turn right again onto Route 3524 immediately after Dennard’s (mile 24.8). You’ll ride through Aubrey, continuing onto Route 428; and then back to Sherman Road, Windsor Road, and the ICCC grounds. We’ve got a hot dog waiting for you. There are six rest stops on this route.

For those riders who want more, we offer the 52 and the 68-mile routes.

Make sure you reach Wishbone Pass by 11 a.m. From Wishbone Pass, turn left on Highway 455. At Marion Road (mile 20.1), just before Sanger High School, you’ll turn right and follow signs to experience several scenic roads (Lois, Huling, and Chisam). Look for the Lois Road Rest Stop (mile 20.8). You’ll turn right on Lois, left on Huling, and left on Chisam, which ends near the I35 north frontage road (mile 24.8). Take the frontage road to the Lone Oak Rest Stop at mile 27. This is your turn-around for the 52-mile course.

Follow the little-traveled I35 south frontage road to Lois Road, then east to Marion, south to Highway 445, east to Wishbone Pass, and back to start. On the return from Wishbone Pass, please note that Burger touches Route 2153 twice. Take the first left onto Burger to ride the full 52 or 68 miles. Then turn left on Zachery and right on Sherman toward home and hot dogs.

68-miler (109 KM)

Go right from Lone Oak Rest Stop on Lone Oak Road and left onto Hemmings (mile 30.5). You’ll cross Lake Ray Roberts four times, hit the Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q Rest Stop (mile 34.7), and head west on 922 to Valley View Rest Stop on the town square. From here, head south on the I35 south frontage road, east on Lois Road, and then on to Wishbone Pass and home, where the hot dogs are waiting.

All routes begin and end at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. All except the 8-miler pass the Water Works Rest Stop and Wishbone Pass, headquarters for first aid and minor repairs.

Our well-marked route is also supported with GPS Elevation maps for the 39 and 68-mile routes which you can access on your phone.


Riders registered by November 8 may pick up their rally packets starting at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, November 12, at the Denton Bicycle Center until noon on Friday, November 16. To pick up your packet later on Friday, please come to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church(ICCC) between 5 and 7 p.m.

Early Packet Pickup:
Nov 12 (Mon) – Nov 15 (Thurs)
9 am – 6 pm

Nov 16 (Fri)
9 am-Noon

Location: Denton Bicycle Center
1700 N. Elm, Denton, TX 76201

Early Packet Pickup: 
Nov 16 (Fri)
5 – 7 pm
ICCC School Gymnasium
2255 N. Bonnie Brae

Day of Ride Packet Pickup:
Nov 17th (Sat)
7 am – 9 am
ICCC School Gymnasium

Parking:  ICCC parking lot in front of church/school

Overflow parking: North Lakes Park parking lot (NE corner of Bonnie Brae & Windsor)

End of Ride:  ICCC parking lot.  Last riders must complete by 4 p.m.  Sag wagons will be available until this time.

Why wear yourself out driving when you can stay just minutes from the starting and ending point of the Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally? Make a weekend of it and stay in Denton!

The Turkey Roll’s hotel block is at the beautiful and brand new Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center, located at 3100 Town Center Trail, right off of I-35 and US-380 and 1.5 miles from our rally send-off point.

Book by October 17 for our rate of $119 per night! This rate is for the nights of November 16, 17 & 18 and includes a breakfast buffet and Happy Hour drinks and snacks.

Book online here or call the Embassy Suites at (940) 243-3799 for more information. Make sure to mention that you are booking for the Turkey Roll to receive the rate.

The Denton Turkey Roll is organized by the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis.  All proceeds go to the Kiwanis Club in support of youth leadership clubs at eight different schools, the Tiny Libraries project, and the back-to-school project. The latter two initiatives provide free books for school-aged children, ensuring Denton’s young students and bookworms access to resources they need to learn and have fun while doing it!

Follow the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DBKClub.

The Denton Turkey Roll is an annual event that takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving and offers riders a marked route through northern Denton and southern Cooke Counties with five distance options from 8 to 68 miles and eight rest stops. All pre-registered riders receive a t-shirt and event bag with information and tokens provided by sponsors. Denton Breakfast Kiwanis’s Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally takes place rain or shine.

Past rider registrations have reached over 900 riders and many additional spectators.  Marketing efforts are focused on digital and include display and search ads as well as a high social reach. Digital ads for 2017 offered 260K impressions while a combined social campaign had 72K Engagements, 3M Reach, and 6.4M Impressions.

Advertising and Sponsorship Information:2018 Turkey Roll Sponsor Information

For further information contact Mary Harris at (940) 367-3026 or mary.harris@unt.edu.

Checks can be made out to Denton Breakfast Kiwanis Club, or Denton Breakfast Kiwanis Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Direct support benefits Kiwanis family clubs at Denton, Guyer, Ryan, and Liberty Christian High Schools; Harpool and Immaculate Conception Middle Schools; and UNT; events with the Denton State Assisted Living Center; and the DBK Tiny Libraries Project.

Downloadable Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally Advertising and Sponsorship Form

Denton Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally offers vendor opportunities for organizations or businesses that would like to connect and network with cyclist of all levels.  Indoor booth space has limited availability and is assigned on a first paid basis. In response to weather conditions, we will reassign space indoors or out upon request if space is available.

Booth Rental
The booth rental fee is $250 for Friday evening and Saturday combined and includes a 10×10 area with a backdrop, rectangular table, two chairs and electrical (15A120V) access.

The vendor is responsible for staffing their booth on Friday evening and/or Saturday.

If sales will be made at the booth, you must have a Texas Sales Tax Permit.

No tobacco or alcohol is allowed on the site.

If for any reason, we find an exhibit objectionable, the exhibit, in whole or part, may be removed.

Set-up may begin at 4 pm Friday and/or 6:30 am on Saturday. Hours of expected customers are Friday 5-7 pm and Saturday 7 am to 3 pm. Ride send-off is at 9 am.

All vendors must start set-up no later than Saturday at 7:30 am and take down booths no later than 4 pm.

No refunds will be given for cancellations after November 1, 2018. The Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally is held rain or shine.

The vendor agrees to comply with local, city, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and regulations and the regulations of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church covering fire, safety, health, and other matters.

Denton Breakfast Kiwanis and/or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church are not responsible for injuries, damage or loss of property of a vendor or vendor’s staff.

Downloadable Vendor Form