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8-Mile 5K Run/Walk Junior Trot/Tot Trot

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Registration FAQs

For registration questions or issues please reach out to Active Consumer Support
Call: 877-228-4881 ext. 4 or Email: support@activenetwork.com
They will be able to resolve technical issues, process refunds for duplicate registrations, and answer any questions related to online registration.

Q: How do I register for the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot?
A:
Online registration will be available until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 21st.  Race day registration will be available at the event from 7:00 to 8:50 a.m.

Q: How much does registration cost?
A:
Register early to save the most money!

Valid dates - 2018 Timed Entry Untimed Entry
Through July 1 $33.00 $28.00
 July 2 - August 31 $34.00 $29.00
 September 1 - September 30 $39.00 $34.00
 October 1 - November 17 $43.00 $38.00
 November 18 - November 21 $46.00 $41.00
 November 22 (Race Day) $49.00 $44.00

prices and dates subject to change without notice 

Q: Where do I pickup my packet?
A: The Packet Pickup Schedule will be announced closer to the event. There will be multiple locations throughout the Dallas Metroplex for your convenience.

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?
A: Yes. The person picking up the packet(s) will need the participant’s name.

Q: Is there an extra fee to register?
A: Yes, a nominal processing fee will be charged for each registration.

Q: Can I write one check for all registrations?
A: Yes. If you register at Packet pick up or on race day, we need a separate, signed registration form for each participant, Tot Trot and Dog Trot, but one check can be submitted with all of the forms.

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Plan Your Stay

Q: Is there a host hotel?

A: The Omni Dallas is the 2018 host hotel. Stay near the Turkey Trot action for as low as $89 a night.
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Plan The Day

Q: What time should I arrive at 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 9:00 am, 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: 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 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: 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 the weather, The Trot will go on! We recommend dressing in layers so you can be comfortable all morning.

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Timed Runner FAQs

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/timed wheelchair racers?
A: Yes.  If you are entering the race as a timed runner or timed wheelchair racer, 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 willbe able to enter the Timed Runner Corral. There will also be no strollers ordogs 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: I’m a timed runner, can I run with my dog or stroller?
A: Dogs/Strollers are prohibited from the timed runner corral. You can run with a pup or stroller and still qualify for age group awards but you will have to line up toward the back of the run/walk pack.

*Dog/StrollerPolicy:
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 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: Do you need to be timed to receive an award?
A: Yes, only runners/wheelchair racers with a timed bib are eligible to receive age group and overall prizes/awards.

Q: Do you offer Finisher Medals for runners who complete the 8-Mile course?
A: We offer a limited number of finisher medals. Details coming soon!

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Junior Trot and Tot Trot FAQs 

Q: What is the Junior Trot?
A: The Junior Trot is a new1K running event for kids aged 6– 11 years old.

Q: What time/where does the Junior Trot start?
A: The Junior Trot will start at 9:00 am, directly in front of City Hall at the “8-Mile Finish Line”

Q: My kid(s) want to do the Junior Trot AND the 5K.
A: There is a combination registration for the Junior Trot and Turkey Trot. This will allow kids to run the Junior Trot and the 5K/8-Mile with the rest of the family. Once they have completed the Junior Trot, the whole family can head directly over to the “starting line” on Young Street to begin the Turkey Trot courses. Look at it as an alternative to standing in the line to begin The Trot.

Q:How much if the Junior Trot registration?

2018 Dallas Junior Trot - 1K Registration Fees:

Valid dates - 2018 1K & 5K/8MI Combo 1K Only
 Through July 1 $38.00 $25.00
 July 2 - August 31 $39.00 $25.00
 September 1 - September 30 $44.00 $25.00
 October 1 - November 17 $48.00 $25.00
 November 18 - November 21 $51.00 $25.00
 November 22 (Race Day) $54.00 $25.00

Prices and dates subject to change without notice

Q: Can I run the Junior Trot with my young child?
A: Yes. Each registered Junior Trotter can have one older companion run with him/her. Companions must be 14 years of age or older.

Q: Are there awards for winners of the 1K Junior Trot?
A: There will be finisher medals for all registered kids that complete the 1K. It is an untimed fun run, so there will not be any additional awards. If your child has the Junior Trot/Turkey Trot combination registration,they WILL be timed in the Turkey Trot and will be eligible for age group awards,based on their final chip time on that course.

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 Trot shirt and race number. The Tot Trot is a $15 add-on available to any regular registration

Ages: Children 6 and under who will be walking/running, in a stroller, or carried on the 5K or 8-Mile courses.

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5K Run/ Walk

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: Do you need to be timed to receive an award?
A: Yes, only runners/wheelchair racers with a timed bib are eligible to receive age group and overall prizes/awards.

Q: Do you offer Finisher Medals for runners?
A: We offer a limited number of finisher medals. Details coming soon!    

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 bandanna.  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.

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8-Mile FAQs

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: 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: Do you need to be timed to receive an award?
A: Yes, only runners or wheelchair racers with a timed bib are eligible to receive age group and overall prizes/awards.

Q: Do you offer Finisher Medals for runners who complete the 8-Mile course?
A: We offer a limited number of finisher medals. Details coming soon!    

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 bandanna.  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.

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General FAQs 

Q: What happens to the funds raised from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot?
A: Proceeds from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot benefit diverse programs of the YMCA that are strengthening our community including after school care at 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 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: 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.

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 DogRegistration and receiving a Turkey Trot dog bandanna.  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.

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Omni Hotel Dallas 

Located just a few blocks from Dallas City Hall Plaza, you can easily walk to and from The Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Reserve your rooms for as low as $89 a night. The last day to make reservations is November 20, 2018.

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or call: 1-800-843-6664

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. 

Elite Runners (won their event at least 3 times)

  • Melisa Christian (2015)
  • Ben Moturi (2015)
  • Scott MacPherson (2015)
  • Richard Pettigrew (2015)

Legacy Runners (run the trot 40 times or more)

  • John T. Baker DDS (2015)
  • Diddy Fulbright (2015)
  • Robert Gochnour (2015)
  • Ulysses “Uly” Vlamides (2015)

Contributors (significant years of volunteer experience)

  • Jack Myers (2015)
  • Bill Williams (2015)
  • David Kelton (2015)
  • Don Lucas (2015)

Supporters (significant years of sponsorship)

  • Luke’s Locker
  • Capital One