Registration and Runner Information

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is excited to announce that it will celebrate its 125th annual Turkey Trot two ways!

The first is a virtual race to give our 14,000+ loyal past participants and friends the opportunity to stay safely apart while still running this annual Thanksgiving tradition together.

The second is a live event featuring a field of 125 randomly selected participants to uphold the YMCA Turkey Trot’s reign as the oldest continually run footrace on North America.

Race Details

Online registration for both the virtual and live events opens at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Those wanting to be included in the Live Race random selection process must register by Friday, September 25. Live race participants will be selected Monday, September 28.

Those who register for the virtual race only have the option to run, jog, or walk an 8k (4.97 miles) anytime between Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29.

Click here to register.

Entry Fees

The entry fee for the Virtual YMCA Turkey Trot is $35. This 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. For more information you can view the Virtual Race FAQ here.

The entry fee for the Live YMCA Turkey Trot is $125. This non-refundable registration fee includes all online processing fees, a commemorative t-shirt, and face mask and commemorative medal. In addition to the entry fee, participants must commit to raising $1,000 in support of YMCA Buffalo Niagara and adhere to all state and county COVID-19 health and safety regulations. For more information you can view the Live Race FAQ here.

Race Course

Registered virtual participants have the option to run, jog, or walk an 8k (4.97 miles) on a route of their choosing anytime between Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29.

Live race participants will run a modified 8K (4.97 mile) looped course that begins and ends at the Delaware Family YMCA in North Buffalo on Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 26.

Regardless of where you run, we encourage you to follow all NYS and CDC guidelines for proper social distancing.

Packet Pick-up

Virtual Race: Curbside Packet pick-up will be available on Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25 at the Independent Health YMCA, Southtowns YMCA, Lockport YMCA, and YMCA Buffalo Niagara Association Office.  Please note that plans may be subject to change in the event COVID-19 safety protocols are altered. You also have the option to have your packet shipped to you for an additional fee.

Live Race: Packet pick-up for the live race is available 6:00 am – 8:00 am, Thanksgiving morning ONLY at the Delaware YMCA – 2564 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216. All entrants must complete and sign a COVID-19 health survey confirming no recent travel outside of NYS, no recent contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19, etc. Temperature checks will be taken at check-in.

Additional Race Day Details

Paper registrations will not be accepted this year.

The Turkey Trot phone line is 716-565-6000.

Please understand that some of this information is subject to change due to NYS COVID-19 guidelines. Any changes will be communicated in a timely manner.