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For over 40 years, the Niles-Buchanan YMCA Thanksgiving Day Run has brought our community together for a morning of fun and fundraising for the Y's annual campaign. Traditionally, over 2,200 people lace up their shoes, bundle the kids, and head off to create memories. Whether their 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.
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 10/29/2023
$30 per person
$25 per person for households of 2-8 participants
Regular Registration – 10/30/2023-11/21/2023
$35 per person
$30 per person for households of 2-8 participants
Late Registration – 11/22/2023-11/23/2023
$40 per person
Multi-Person Pricing gives a $5.00 discount per person for up to 8 people in your household. Pricing ends Tuesday, November 21, 2023 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 23, and Saturday, December 2 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 29, 2023 at 11:59 pm to be guaranteed a shirt. Shirts are long sleeve, dry-fit material. All participants who register before the cutoff date, including virtual, will receive a shirt.
The awards ceremony will begin around 8:50 AM and will be held outside at the front entrance of the YMCA.
Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female winners in the 10K Run and 5K Run.
Medals will be awarded to the top three females and males in each age group in the 10K and 5K events.
The 1 Mile Fun Run is a non-competitive event.
Packet pickup will be held at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA:
Participants will receive this year's race shirt and other goodies while supplies last.
Please give yourself ample time for travel and parking.
Parking is available at and around the Niles-Buchanan YMCA:
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. Scan the QR code on your bib to access your race results.
We are excited to offer both in-person and virtual options for the 42nd annual Niles-Buchanan YMCA Thanksgiving Day Run on Thursday, November 23!
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 22 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.
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