BUFFALO, N.Y. — YMCA Buffalo Niagara announced that it will celebrate its 125th annual Turkey Trot in 2 ways! The tradition will continue with a virtual and live event.
The virtual race is designed to give loyal past participants and friends the opportunity to stay safely apart while still running this annual Thanksgiving tradition together.
The live event will feature a field of 125 randomly selected participants to uphold the YMCA Turkey Trot’s reign as the oldest continually run footrace on North America.
CLICK HERE- For Registration information. The entry fee for the Virtual YMCA Turkey Trot is $35.
Those who register for the virtual race have the option to run, jog, or walk an 8k (4.97 miles) anytime & anywhere between Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th through Sunday, November 29th. Share your YMCA Turkey Trot photos with WGRZ by posting on social media with #BeOn2 or use the Near Me on the WGRZ AP.
Virtual Race Participants-- You will get your Turkey Trot Swag! Packet Pick-up
Virtual Race: Curbside Packet pick-up will be available on Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25 at the Independent Health YMCA, Southtowns YMCA, Lockport YMCA, and YMCA Buffalo Niagara Association Office. Please note that plans may be subject to change in the event COVID-19 safety protocols are altered. Participants also have the option to have your packet shipped to you for an additional fee.
Those coming to Curbside Packet Pick-Up are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit FeedMore WNY and Food 2 Families. Volunteers will be there to safely collect non-perishable food items at all Curbside Packet Pick-Up Locations.
Live Race: Packet pick-up for the live race is available 6:00 am – 8:00 am, Thanksgiving morning ONLY at the Delaware YMCA – 2564 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216. All entrants must complete and sign a COVID-19 health survey confirming no recent travel outside of NYS, no recent contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19, etc. Temperature checks will be taken at check-in.
YMCA Turkey Trot helps fund YMCA programs that empower youth, improve community health, and ensure access to all. YMCA Buffalo Niagara is a charitable, community-based organization dedicated to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Proceeds raised from the YMCA Turkey Trot play a vital role in helping youth, families, and seniors access the resources that help them to learn, grow, and thrive.