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Dallas YMCA to Host 55th Annual Turkey Trot


Turkey Trot in Dallas | Image by YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

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Anyone hoping to work off their turkey and stuffing before they even start eating can sign up for a fun-filled Turkey Trot 5K in Dallas.

The 55th Annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, on November 24, offers several races of varying lengths. Participants can choose between an 8-mile run, a 5K run/walk, a Junior Trot 1K for children 6 to 12 years old, and a virtual trot for those running at home.

The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot has always featured an 8-mile race, ever since it began at White Rock Lake, then moved to the certified course in Downtown Dallas. The current 8-mile course begins on Young Street, routes into Deep Ellum, enters the heart of downtown on Main Street, runs past Reunion Tower and over the viaduct bridge into Oak Cliff before it returns to City Hall Plaza for the finish line.

Runners who choose to run the 8-mile course are guaranteed a unique, scenic, and historical tour of the city of Dallas. Registration is open until the night before the Race, at $49 for timed runners and $44 for untimed, for both the 8-Mile Race and the 5K.

For those interested in walking the 8 miles, the Dallas YMCA asked walkers to start at the back of the assembly. Any runners who have not passed Union Station by 10:45 a.m. will be requested to continue on a shorter route to the finish line, for the 8-mile course will close at 11 a.m. at the mile 4 marker.

The very popular 5K race course begins at City Hall on Young Street, heads into Deep Ellum, travels through the heart of downtown on Main Street, then ends back on Young Street in front of Pioneer Plaza and the Dallas Police Memorial.

The race course officially closes at 12 p.m., and there will be a limited number of finisher medals at both the 8-mile and 5K finish lines.

The Dallas YMCA will have paramedics, radio operators, and police officers patrolling the course for safety and assistance.

If any runners require assistance, they may ask a volunteer or an officer for help. Water stops and restrooms are located on the course.

Well-socialized, non-aggressive dogs are welcome at the Trot.

Dogs may come as spectators with their owners or participate in the Trot if the owner completes a dog registration. Each canine participant will receive a Turkey Trot dog bandanna.

See the Dallas YMCA’s website for dog and stroller policies. Registration for the events must be completed by the evening of Wednesday, November 23.

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