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Virtual Turkey Trot registration open; live racers to be chosen next week

Registration opened on Tuesday for the 125th edition of the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot. The race will be held virtually this year

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It's one of Western New York's favorite traditions that signifies the start of the holiday season, the YMCA Turkey Trot. 

Anybody wanting to participate in the virtual event will be able to register for the race by clicking here. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Thanksgiving Day tradition is going virtual for 2020. 

Participating runners have the option to run, jog, walk an 8K, or 4.97 miles, anytime between Thanksgiving and the following Sunday, Nov. 29. 

In addition to the virtual run, organizers announced, that in addition to the virtual race, 125 people will run the 8K loop on Thanksgiving morning.

Those selected for the live race will be announced on Monday, September 28.

Registration for the live race is $125 and ends on Friday, September 25.

Spectators will not be permitted and various safety measures will be put in place to ensure everyone's safety.

Proceeds from the event go towards helping benefit kids and families who would otherwise be unable to afford YMCA services. 

Last year, the Turkey Trot raised over $300,000 for the organization.