Turkey Run History Timeline
The Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District (“The District”) works in partnership with the Daytona Beach Street Rods to produce the Turkey Run on Thanksgiving weekend, and the Spring Turkey Run.
Created in 1955, the District has a long history in the community. Its original purpose was to fund and build a race track in Daytona, but International Speedway Corporation (ISC) stepped up and built the speedway in 1959. Since then, the District has leased the land to ISC and continues to annually reinvest the show proceeds back into the community.
In addition to overseeing the two car shows, which together provide a considerable economic boost to Daytona and Volusia County, the District funds many programs and projects that improve residents’ quality of life year-round. In its history, the District has reinvested more than $17 million to build and improve recreational facilities like parks and walking trails in Daytona Beach, Holly Hill, South Daytona and unincorporated areas of Volusia County. Additionally the District has helped fund many local organizations such as Halifax Youth Sailing, Halifax Historical Society, Museum of Arts & Sciences and the Daytona Beach YMCA, Disabled American Veterans, ARC of Volusia, the Jackie Robinson Ballpark, and many more.