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

A: Registration is officially 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: Regular registration is $35.00 for untimed participants and $40.00 for timed participants. 

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:   The Packet pickup locations for the 2016 event will be; Luke's Locker Dallas, Luke's Locker White Rock, Luke's Locker Plano, Luke's Locker Highland Village and the T. Boone Pickens YMCA.  Packet Pick-up will begin on Friday November 18, 2016 and times at all locations are as follows.

Friday November 18, 2016           10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday November 19, 2016       9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday November 20, 2016         12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday November 21, 2016        10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesday November 22, 2016       10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wednesday November 23, 2016  9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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 Fairmont Hotel is our host hotel for the 2016 event.  They will be offering rooms at a discounted rate of $89.00 a night to Turkey Trot participants.  For more information please call (214-720-2020) or to book your room visit their website at http://www.fairmont.com/reservations/check-availability/?hc=DAL&pc=PTRM.

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, convenience fee of $1.50 per registrant for online registration.

Q: When does online registration close?

A: Online registration closes at 11:59 on November 23, 2016.

Q: How many runners can I have on my 5K or 8 mile Team?

A: Each team may have a maximum of 6 registered runners.  All teams must have 4 registered runners to be eligible for post race awards.  The times for the top 4 runners of each team will be added together to determine a final time/finish order.

Q: Do you award medals for Teams?

A: Yes, Medals will be awarded to the top three teams in each division.      

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

A: Yes, we offer finisher medals for the first 5,500 runners who complete the 8 mile course.     

Q: Who can I contact with questions 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.