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The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas


At the Y, we make accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth & teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Our Cause Defines Us  We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together.  That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grown and thrive.

The mission of the YMCA to put Christian values into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 


Visit www.ymcadallas.org for more information.


The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot


For over fifty years, generations of family and friends have come together to begin their Thanksgiving Day in a fun and healthy way.  From a humble beginning with just over 100 runners, to today, a multi distant event with more than 25,000 participants gathering in the heart of downtown, the Trot has become a signature event in Dallas.

The original Thanksgiving Day races were held at the Old Fairgrounds back in the early 1940s, but the long string of consecutive years began with the eight-mile race back in 1967 at White Rock Lake.

The unique eight-mile distance was created when the one hundred and seven participants were instructed to run along the shores of White Rock Lake “to the big oak tree and back”. By 1979, the race had become so popular that it was moved to the downtown area to accommodate more runners and to showcase “Big D”.

The 3-mile Fun Run/Walk was added in 1984 to accommodate the increased participation of individuals and families. In 2009 that distance was changed to 5K and the course was certified.

In 2011, the Trot set two records, the 44th Annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot had the largest attendance with 36,820 participants and set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys. Donning turkey outfits for the annual Trot had become a tradition that many racers incorporated into the day of fun. But in 2011, it went to a new level as the on-site official Guinness World Record judge declared a new record was set as 661 people dressed as turkeys.

The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country, tradition that draws people from all over the country and many from across the globe. Even if you’re not a runner or walker, there are fun activities for the whole family to enjoy: kid’s activities, bounce houses, live musical entertainment, and much more

The Dallas YMCA Trot is the undisputed "Way to Begin Thanksgiving Day" providing families with a tradition that grows every year. Join us for this year’s 51st Annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot.