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Registration and Runner Information

The 2016 YMCA Turkey Trot has reached capacity and is now soldout.

For the safety of everyone participating as well as observing the race and participating in the post race party in the Convention Center, the capacity is limited to 14,000.


9:00 am SHARP on Delaware Avenue, Thanksgiving Day November 24

Entry Fees

Entry fees include online processing fee and commemorative t-shirt. Entry fees are non-refundable.

  • $35 if received by October 14
  • $40 after October 14, through November 17
  • $5 per team (plus individual race fee)

Race Course

The YMCA Turkey Trot is an 8k footrace that begins on Delaware Avenue. The race course follows Delaware Avenue into downtown Buffalo. The route proceeds around Niagara Square to Church Street and then onto Franklin Street where runners will cross the finish line.

Packet Pick-up

Runners are strongly encouraged to pick up race packets between Monday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 23 between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst, NY.


Look for special Turkey Trot discounts. Runner’s Roost is sponsoring this year’s running expo at the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA from Monday, November 21 – Wednesday, November 23.

Awards Ceremony and Post Race Party

The YMCA Turkey Trot awards ceremony and post race party take place immediately following the race on the upper level of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.


Distinctive trophies will be awarded to:

  • 1st place male and female
  • 1st place male and female masters
  • 1st through 3rd place male and female in the following age categories:
    • 14 & under
    • 15-19
    • 20-24
    • 25-29
    • 30-34
    • 35-39
    • 40-44
    • 45-49
    • 50-54
    • 55-59
    • 60-64
    • 65-69
    • 70-74
    • 75-79
    • 80 & over
  • 1st through 3rd place team in the following categories:
    • four-member family team category
    • our-member corporate all comers
    • Quarter Century Club

Awards are determined by gun time for overall and masters winners. Age group winners are determined by chip time. Team awards are determined by the average combined chip time of all team members.

Family Friendly Post Race Area

The post race party is held at Statler City immediately following the race, which includes a family friendly area, refreshments, and award presentation (alcohol free area).

Additional Race Day Details

Before the start, shuttle buses run from the Convention Center to the Target Plaza, located on Delaware Avenue from 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. LAST BUS LEAVES THE CONVENTION CENTER AT 7:45 a.m. After the race, shuttle buses run from the PEARL STREET SIDE of the Convention Center to the Target parking lot on Delaware from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Port-O-Johns are available outside the Delaware YMCA, and will be located on the north side of the building this year.

Runners begin lining up at 8:30 a.m. Please line up according to your ability using the pace flags as a guide.

Awards are determined by gun time for overall and masters winners. Age group winners are determined by chip time.

Roller blades, strollers and dogs are not allowed on the race course.

The Turkey Trot phone line is 716-875-1283.

Be sure to check out the YMCA Turkey Trot FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for even more information and answers.