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The Niles-Buchanan YMCA Thanksgiving Day Run has been a tradition for families and friends in the Niles community for 40 years. Every Thanksgiving, over 2,200 people lace up their shoes, bundle the kids, and head off to create memories. Whether your motivation is to outrun Tom the turkey or burn off those holiday calories, the goal is to celebrate a day of appreciation together with family and friends. In 2019, over 2,700 people from 30 states participated in the 10k Run, 5k Run/Walk, and 1 Mile Fun Run.
When you support Thanksgiving Day Run, you make our community better and build strength in those who live here. Since its inception in 1982, support from local businesses and individuals has powered a multitude of YMCA programs including, water safety, youth sports, Summer My Way® day camp, Y-Club before and after school care, and many more.
Early Registration - until 11:59 pm on 10/31/2021
$30 per person
$25 per person for households of 2-8 participants
Regular Registration – 11/1/21-11/23/21
$35 per person
$30 per person for households of 2-8 participants
Late Registration – 11/24/21-11/25/21
$40 per person
Multi-Person Pricing gives a $5.00 discount for up to 8 people in your household. Pricing ends Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Niles-Buchanan YMCA • 905 N. Front Street, Niles, MI 49120
With a virtual race, you can run the distance anywhere! For example, you can run in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, at a nearby park, or even on the original course! You will have between Thursday, November 25, and Saturday, December 4 to complete your race and upload your time. Virtual runners will still receive this year’s race shirt. Further instructions will be emailed to participants before the virtual race opens.
Must register before Sunday, October 31 at 11:59 pm to be guaranteed a shirt. Shirts are long sleeve, dry-fit material and tend to run large. All participants who register before the cutoff date, including virtual, will receive a shirt.
In an effort to promote physical distancing, there will be no awards at this year's race.
The 1 Mile Fun Run is a non-competitive event.
Packet pickup will be held at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA:
- Wednesday, November 24 from 1:00-6:00 pm
- Thursday, November 25 from 6:30-9:00 am
Participants will receive this year's race shirt, a drawstring bag courtesy of Honor Credit Union, and other goodies while supplies last.
Due to the earlier start time of the 10K race, some roads leading to the Niles-Buchanan YMCA may be closed when 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run participants are traveling to the Y. Please give yourself ample time for travel and parking.
Parking is available at and around the Niles-Buchanan YMCA:
We are excited to offer both in-person and virtual options for the 40th annual Niles-Buchanan YMCA Thanksgiving Day Run on Thursday, November 25!
Our in-person event is in need of the following types of volunteers:
All volunteers will need to stop by the Niles-Buchanan YMCA between 1:00-6:00 PM on Wednesday, November 24 to receive directions and pick up their Thanksgiving Day Run shirt.
Please contact Sammee Schaller, event volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-683-1552 with questions or to volunteer.
Please note, city streets will remain open during the event. Be sure to stay within the coned/barricaded lanes. There could be minimal traffic in the oncoming lanes.
YMCA restrooms and locker rooms will not be available during this event.
Porta-potties have been rented to accommodate participants.
Timing is done by Classic Race Management. Results will be posted immediately following the event.
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