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Q: How do I register for the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot?

A: Registration is now open. 

Q: What time should I plan to arrive the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot?

A: Participants should plan to allow plenty of time to get to the race start.  As the race begins at 9:00am, participants should expect to arrive no later than 8:00 a.m. to allow for parking, visiting concessions and vendors, and walking to the race start area.

Q: How much does registration cost?

A: Registration is $42.00 for untimed participants and $47.00 for timed participants plus a processing fee. Please note: Prices will increase on November 17th and on the day of the Race! Register Now!

Q: Is there a different cost for the 8 mile and 5K events?

A: No, the cost is the same, no matter which course you choose.

Q: Is there a charge if I choose to be timed?

A: Yes. A $5.00 charge is added for each participant that chooses to be timed. You may still participate in either the 8 mile or the 5K as an untimed participant.

Q: Is there a runner corral for timed runners?

A: Yes.  If you are entering the race as a timed runner, a corral will be in place at the very front of your race route that will be exclusive to timed runners only.  Only runners who have a timed runner bib will be able to enter the Timed Runner Corral. There will also be no strollers or dogs permitted in the corral, so you will have a clear path to the finish line. The timed runner corral closes at 8:40 a.m..

Q: Is the “Tot Trot” a separate event or distance?

A: No, the Tot Trot is a reduced fee for your youngsters to “officially” participate with their family and receive their own special Trot shirt and race number. 

Tot Trot registration available to children age 6 and under.

Q: Can I walk the 8 miles?

A: Yes, we have lots of walkers. We ask walkers to start at the back of the pack. Any runners who have not passed Union station by 10:45 a.m. will be asked to take a shorter route to the finish line.  The 8-mile course will close at 11:00 a.m. at the mile 4 marker. The race course officially closes at 12 p.m..

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: Yes, well-socialized, non-aggressive dogs are welcome at the Trot.  Dogs may come as spectators with their owners or they may participate in the Trot by completing a Dog Registration and receiving a Turkey Trot dog bandana.  Dogs will not be permitted in the Timed Runner Corral.  Dog owners are solely responsible for their pets’ actions and must agree to follow the Dog/Stroller Policy* for the safety of all participants.  *Please see Dog/Stroller Policy below.

*Dog/Stroller Policy:
Participants with dogs and/or strollers are not permitted in the Timed Runner Corral.
Participants with dogs and/or strollers should line up at the back of the run/walk pack.  Let the runners get up ahead so all may enjoy the course safely.
We recommend participants with dogs and/or strollers walk the course, however if you choose to run the course with your dog/stroller, please use extreme caution for the safety of your child, your dog and others running around you.  We want all pups, kids and participants to complete the course safely.
Only dogs who are well-socialized with other dogs and people should be brought to the Trot.  For the safety of all, please use your good judgment knowing your dog’s personality and behaviors.
Dog owner/handlers must be 18 years of age or older.
Dog owners/handlers may only be responsible for one dog at a time during the Trot.
All dogs must be on an appropriate leash at all times.  Fixed length/static leashes not longer than 3 feet should be used to prevent a hazard to other participants.
Dog owner/handler is expected to be a responsible dog owner, provide appropriate water and pick up after their pet at all times.

Q: Is skating or cycling allowed?

A: As they travel at a higher speed, for the safety of others, rollerblades, Heelies, roller skates, scooters and bicycles are not allowed in the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot.

Q. Is there a place I can leave my jacket, bag, etc.?

A.  Due to the size of the event, a gear check is NOT AVAILABLE to general event attendees.  Trot participants are encouraged to keep their gear with them at all times.

Q: Where do I pickup my packet?

A:   Packet Pickup Schedule

Luke's Locker Dallas/Mockingbird Location
Saturday, November 18 - 9a-6p
Sunday, November 19 - 12p-5p
Monday, November 20 - 10a - 7p
Tuesday, November 21 - 10a - 7p
Wednesday, November 22 - 8a-12p

T. Boone Pickens YMCA, Plano YMCA and Coppell YMCA  
Saturday, November 18 - 9a-6p
Sunday, November 19 - 1p-5p
Monday, November 20 - 10a - 7p
Tuesday, November 21 - 10a - 7p
Wednesday, November 22 - 8a-12p

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?

A: Yes. The person picking up the packet(s) will need the participant’s name.

Q: Can I write one check for all participants?

A: Yes. We need a separate, signed registration form for each participant, Tot Trot and Dog Trot, but one check can be sent in with all of the forms.

Q: Is there assistance available if I can’t do the whole course?

A: Yes, we have paramedics, radio operators and police officers patrolling the course. If you need assistance, just ask a volunteer or an officer for help. We also have water stops and restrooms located on the course.

Q: Are baby strollers allowed?

A: Absolutely, we welcome parents with children in strollers to participate in the Trot.  Don’t forget to register your child in the Tot Trot so they can have an official race shirt and number – Great family photo opportunity!  Strollers will not be permitted in the Timed Runner Corral.  For the safety of your child and other participants we ask that you follow the Dog/Stroller Policy* below.

 *Dog/Stroller Policy:
Participants with dogs and/or strollers are not permitted in the Timed Runner Corral.
Participants with dogs and/or strollers should line up at the back of the run/walk pack.  Let the runners get up ahead so all may enjoy the course safely.
We recommend participants with dogs and/or strollers walk the course, however if you choose to run the course with your dog/stroller, please use extreme caution for the safety of your child, your dog and others running around you.  We want all pups, kids and participants to complete the course safely.
Only dogs who are well-socialized with other dogs and people should be brought to the Trot.  For the safety of all, please use your good judgment knowing your dog’s personality and behaviors.
Dog owner/handlers must be 18 years of age or older.
Dog owners/handlers may only be responsible for one dog at a time during the Trot.
All dogs must be on an appropriate leash at all times.  Fixed length/static leashes not longer than 3 feet should be used to prevent a hazard to other participants.
Dog owner/handler is expected to be a responsible dog owner, provide appropriate water and pick up after their pet at all times.

Q: Do you need to be timed to receive an award?

A: Yes, only runners with a timed bib and timing tag are eligible to receive age group and overall prizes/awards.

Q: Are there concessions available at the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot?

A: The Turkey Trot will provide water and fruit for our participants at no charge. Other vendors and sponsors often provide additional refreshments.

Q: What if it rains or snows? Will you still have the Turkey Trot?

A: No matter what the weather, The Trot will go on!

Q: What happens to the proceeds from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot?

A: Proceeds from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot benefit a wide diversity of YMCA programs that are strengthening our community including afterschool programs across 80 school sites, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Cancer Collaborative, YMCA Urban Swim and Safety Around Water Programs, Play and Learn Program and scholarships for disabilities.

Q: Is there a host hotel?

A: The Omni Dallas is the 2017 host. To reserve a room,  visit https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/dallas/meetings/turkey-trot

Q: Where do I park when I get to the Turkey Trot?

A: There are several adjacent lots in the surrounding areas of City Hall Plaza. We encourage people to ride DART, our official transportation provider of the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. For more info, contact DART at www.dart.org. There is a convenient DART rail station at the adjacent Dallas Convention Center.

Q: Is there an extra fee to register online?

A: Yes, a nominal processing fee will be charged for each registration.

Q: When does online registration close?

A: Online registration closes at 11:59p on November 22, 2017.

Q: Do you offer Finisher Medals for runners who complete the 8-Mile course?

A: Yes, we offer finisher medals for the first 4,500 participants who complete the 5K and the first 4,500 participants who complete the 8-mile course.     

Q: Who can I contact to inquire about The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot?

A: Jason Cryer, Special Events Director is always happy to answer your questions. Contact Jason at 972-560-3849 or jcryer@ymcadallas.org

 

Q: Will streets be closed in the downtown Dallas area for The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot?

A: Yes, certain streets begin closing at approxiatley 7:00am on Thanksgiving morning. Click Here to view the official "Race Day Notice of Special Event" for race route and detailed street closure information.

   

 



The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

DALLAS' WAY TO START THANKSGIVING DAY

For 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 Dallas signature event.

The original Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot was 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 has 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 had over the years 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 each year 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 Golden Trot.