There are less than 1,000 spots left for the 126th annual “YMCA Turkey Trot.” Race capacity is limited, so organizers are urging people to sign up now to ensure their place in the oldest consecutively run footrace in North America. The $42 entry fee includes all processing fees plus a commemorative T-shirt.
The 8K race kicks off at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, at the corner of Delaware and Tacoma avenues in north Buffalo. Prerace packet pickup takes place Monday, Nov. 22, through Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA (150 Tech Drive, Amherst; near ECC North Campus).
“YMCA Turkey Trot” participants are invited to dress up for the annual costume contest before the event. Contestants should be ready to take the stage and impress the celebrity judge in front of the Delaware Family YMCA at 8:25 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best group and individual costumes.
A press release noted, “The Y is also seeking volunteers, who play a critical role in helping to make sure this beloved Western New York tradition is successful.”
For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, information about the costume contest, or to register for the race, visit www.YMCATurkeyTrot.org.
Anyone who cannot run the in-person race can participate in the virtual “YMCA Turkey Trot” between Thursday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 28. The virtual option gives those unable to attend the in-person race the opportunity to be a part of this local holiday tradition.
Proceeds from the “YMCA Turkey Trot” help fund YMCA programs that empower youth, improve community health, and ensure access to all.