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What is the YMCA Turkey Trot?
Known to be the oldest consecutively run footrace in North America, the YMCA Turkey
Trot is an 8K (4.97 mile) Thanksgiving Day tradition that attracts over 14,000 runners of
all ages and abilities to the City of Buffalo each year. To add to the excitement, many
participants also choose to run in costumes.
What does the YMCA Turkey Trot benefit?
Proceeds from the event help fund YMCA programs that empower youth, improve
community health, and ensure access to all.
Why is there a virtual option in 2020?
Due to the current NYS and Erie County restrictions on mass gatherings during the
COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to host a virtual event this year. Our goal is to give
all loyal past participants and friends the opportunity to still run the Turkey Trot together,
but safely apart.
Do you have to be a runner to participate?
No! Whether you’re a competitive runner, casual jogger, or walker, the Turkey Trot is for
you. All ages and abilities are welcome!
How many miles is the YMCA Turkey Trot?
The YMCA Turkey Trot is an 8k footrace or 4.97 miles in length.
When does the Virtual YMCA Turkey Trot take place?
This year participants have the option of participating any day or time starting
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) through Sunday, November 29, 2020.
How much does the virtual YMCA Turkey Trot cost?
$35 per participant. The non-refundable registration fee includes all online processing
fees, a commemorative t-shirt, and face mask. Anyone who registers by October 8, 2020
will also receive a 125th Turkey Trot commemorative medal.
When does registration open for the virtual YMCA Turkey Trot?
Online registration for the YMCA Turkey Trot opens Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
What is the race route?
As a virtual participant, you get to choose the location and time of day that works best for
you! Using the RaceJoy smartphone app, you will be able to track your progress as if you
were running down Delaware Avenue. Adherence to all social distancing guidelines is
strongly encouraged for the safety of you and anyone trotting in the same area.
How do you register for the virtual YMCA Turkey Trot?
Register online at YMCATurkeyTrot.org and click on the registration link. (Paper
registrations will not be accepted this year.)
Can I participate, even though I live in a different city, state, or country?
Yes! Because it’s a virtual event, you can participate wherever you call home. We just ask
for additional shipping charges to get your race packet to you if you live outside North
I just registered, now what?
Here’s a few suggestions:
• Let people know you’re taking part in this historic event by downloading and
sharing your bib on social media!*
• Register as Turkey Trot peer fundraiser and encourage friends and family both near
and far to join you in supporting this great cause.*
*More information on how to do this will be available after registration opens on
September 8, 2020.
When and where does packet pick-up take place?
Curbside packet pick-up will be offered on Tuesday, November 24th and Wednesday,
November 25th between noon and 7:00 PM at the following locations:
• Independent Health Family YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst
• Southtowns Family YMCA, 1620 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca
• YMCA Buffalo Niagara Association Office, 300 Cayuga Road, Cheektowaga NY
• Lockport Family YMCA, 5833 Snyder Drive, Lockport
Note: plans are subject to change in the event COVID-19 safety protocols are altered
between now and November.
I can’t make it to curbside packet pick-up and don’t want to have my packet
shipped to me. Can someone else get my packet for me?
Yes. You can have someone pick it up for you.
Will there be a Runners Expo this year?
More information will be available after registration opens on September 8, 2020.
Will I need to show proof of finishing?
We are on the honor system. The goal of the virtual YMCA Turkey Trot is to give all loyal
past participants and friends the opportunity to celebrate this year’s 125th milestone
virtually (but together).
Will there be any achievement/place awards given out?
Overall and age division awards will not be presented for the virtual race. All participants
will receive a 125th commemorative t-shirt and face mask. Those who register by October
8, 2020 will also receive a 125th commemorative YMCA Turkey Trot medal.
Will there be a Costume Contest again this year?
Yes! We love seeing all the amazing and creative costumes on race day and this year is
no different! Take a photo of yourself or your family team while running in your costumes
and post it to our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #TurkeyTrot125. We’ll select a
top individual and team from all the photos we receive and post the winners on social
media Monday, November 30, 2020.
Will there be any additional contests to enter?
Yes! We want to honor all the amazing Turkey Day chefs out there so we’re awarding
prizes for the best Thanksgiving Turkey and/or side dish. To enter, simply post a photo of
one or both of your kitchen creations to our
Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #TurkeyTrot125 on Thanksgiving Day. Winners
will be announced on social media Monday, November 30, 2020
MORE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Are there other ways I can help support the YMCA?
Not a runner? You can still help support YMCA programs that empower youth, improve
community health, and ensure access to all through a direct donation or as a Peer
*More information about Peer Fundraising will be available after registration opens on
September 8, 2020.
What if I have more questions about the YMCA Turkey Trot?
For more information on this year’s race, please call the YMCA Turkey Trot call line at