ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Grab your loved ones, and coats, and get ready to move your feet for the Rescue Mission of Roanoke’s Annual Drumstick Dash on Thursday, Nov. 24.

The Drumstick Dash kicks off its 17th celebration on Thanksgiving morning. It is a 5k (three-mile) run and walk through Downtown Roanoke. This year features a new course with more than 10 landmarks along the race. The Rescue Mission says it is expecting thousands of participants to join the dash.

The Dash helps the Rescue Mission of Roanoke serve more than 200,000 families in need each year.

Here is what you need to know about the event.


The race will be on Thursday, Nov. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Times may vary depending on when walkers finish the race.


Parking is FREE and will be available for participants and supporters at these lots:

  • Warehouse Row and Knapsack Lot 1/2 Street
  • Upper and Lower Gale Lot on Church Ave
  • Goodyear Lot on 2nd Street
  • Lamp, Elm, and Amy lot on Elm Ave
  • Elmwood lot on Bullitt Ave
  • Elmwood Park garage on Tazewell
  • Junior Lot on Williamson

A map of the parking options can be found here.

Road closures:

During the Dash, roads in the Downtown Roanoke area will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 from 6 a.m. until noon. Closures will last until walkers are finished with the race.

Here is a list of the roads that will be closed:

  • Williamson Rd (Wells Ave to Elm Ave)
  • Market St (Church to Norfolk)
  • Jefferson St (Day Ave to Norfolk Ave)
  • N Jefferson St (Shenandoah Ave to Wells Ave)
  • 1st St (Luck Ave to Franklin Rd)
  • 2nd St (Gainsboro to Campbell & Kirk to Franklin)
  • 3rd St (Norfolk to Campbell & Church to Franklin)
  • 4th St (Norfolk to Rorer)
  • 5th St (Norfolk to Salem)
  • Wells Ave eastbound (Gainsboro to N Jefferson)
  • Loudon (Gainsboro to Henry St)
  • Centre Ave (Shenandoah to N Jefferson)
  • Henry St (Centre Ave to Wells)
  • Jordan Alley (Centre Ave to Wells)
  • Shenandoah Ave (5th St to Williamson)
  • Norfolk Ave (5th St to Campbell Ave)
  • Salem Ave (5th St to 1 1/2 St; Jefferson to Williamson)
  • Campbell Ave (1st St SW to 3rd St SE)
  • Kirk Ave (1st St to Williamson Rd)
  • Church Ave (Williamson to 3rd St)
  • Luck Ave (Market to 3rd St)
  • Franklin Rd (Jefferson to Williamson)


The Rescue Mission is offering an online registration portal for runners and walkers. The portal also includes a virtual option for those who can’t make it but still want to participate.

The mission is hosting a “Move Your Feet Challenge” for participants through the entire month of November. The challenge requires the participant to, walk, run, or move their feet for one mile each day. After each mile, the progress will be logged on the Virtual Challenge results page.

Ticket prices for the 5k run or walk range from $25 to $35.

Registration closes on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. for the runners and walkers. For those participating virtually registration closes on Wed., Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m.

Future participants can register here.

Participant Information

In-person dashers will need to pick up their packets between Nov. 21 through Nov. 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Roanoke Rescue Mission located at 402 4th St SE.

For additional information and questions visit the site or put in a contact form. You can also visit social media for the latest updates or download the WFXR news app.