Thanksgiving is a day of feasting, gratitude, and fellowship, but, here at the YMCA, it’s also a day for exercise. Our preferred way to get a sweat going is by running in the YMCA Turkey Trot! We started organizing the race in 1997 to raise money for our wellness programs and it has since grown to be the bedrock (or Plymouth Rock?) of over 4,000 Yorkers’ Thanksgiving.

The Turkey Trot may technically be a “race,” but, for most of us, it’s just a fun time with friends and family. Runners, walkers, and rollers of all ages come out to enjoy the morning before coming together around the dinner table. People dress in all sorts of costumes, ranging from predictable pilgrims to less-predictable dinosaurs. Some runners even carry an actually turkey through the entire course!

Originally, the race took runners down the Rail Trail, but, in its 16th year, the organizers decided to change the course to highlight downtown York City and give participants more room to maneuver. The race still follows this new course and, on November 28, our team at the YMCA will, once again, line up thousands of old and new friends and close and distant family members as we kick off the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot!