Virtual Turkey Trot Frequently Asked Questions

125th YMCA Turkey Trot

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. Your participation makes it possible for more kids to have safe places after school, learn them to swim, and expand their learning; for more teens, adults, and seniors to achieve their wellness goals, find a sense of belonging, and connect with their community; and for more families to connect and grow within the healthy and supportive environment of their local YMCA.

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 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 America.

Does my participation in the virtual YMCA Turkey Trot count towards the Quarter Century Club membership requirement?
Yes! This year’s virtual race counts towards the Quarter Century Club‘s membership requirement of participating in 25 or more Turkey Trots.

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 via the RaceJoy app.
  • Register as Turkey Trot peer fundraiser and encourage friends and family both near and far to join you in supporting this great cause.

 

PACKET PICK-UP

When and where does packet pick-up take place?
We are currently working on confirming multiple curbside packet pick-up locations to help everyone adhere to social distancing protocols. You can also opt to have your packet shipped to you for an additional fee. More details will be made available after registration opens on September 8, 2020. 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.

 

VIRTUAL RACE LOGISTICS & COSTUME CONTEST

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 the traditional race t-shirt and a 125th commemorative face mask. Those who register by October 8, 2020 will also receive a 125th commemorative YMCA Turkey Trot medal. Peer Fundraiser rewards will be distributed/shipped out in mid-December 2020. Learn how to become a fundraiser here.

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?
You can help support YMCA programs that empower youth, improve community health, and ensure access to all through a direct donation or as a Peer Fundraiser.

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 (716) 565-6000.