Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are so grateful to all our Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K runners (and walkers!), associates, sponsors, volunteers and donors who came together to make a difference in the lives of so many children, youth and adults in our community! You all rock and we hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!
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Great news! The weather forecast for Thursday has us on track for a beautiful, sunny Thanksgiving morning – perfect conditions for trotting! To help ensure you have the best race day experience possible, here’s some essential information you need to know!
Packet pick-up opens 3:00pm on Tuesday, November 26
We encourage you to pick up your packets (race bib and shirt) ahead of time to ensure a stress-free Thanksgiving morning. You may pick up packets for friends and family, just have their first and last names.
Race day details
How to line up on Thanksgiving morning
Thank you again for getting involved in this year’s Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K. We deeply appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the day!
Online registration for the 2019 Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K is now closed but you may still register at each location’s packet pick-up.
Please see here for dates and locations. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Adult (ages 18 & up) $47
Youth (ages 7-17) $26
Child (ages 6 & under) $5
Please note, although we try our very best, we can’t guarantee shirt sizes for people who register during Race Week.
See you soon!
Did you know that 2019 marks the 25th year the Turkey Trot has been running in Towson? Wowsers! So, you’re probably wondering how one of Maryland’s favorite Thanksgiving events came about?
Well! In the fall of 1994, Jill Williamson, the fitness director at the then Towson Y (now the Orokawa Y in Towson), suggested a 5k as a way to raise money for Y programs. The team decided to hold it on Thanksgiving morning and the rest, as they say, is history!
Armed with support from members, the team secured sponsors and got local media coverage for the day of the event.
Starting with approximately 150 runners and nine sponsors, the team launched something they were passionate about. By the year 2000, the race was up to 19 sponsors! And last year, in 2018, almost 3,000 runners joined in the fun!
The Towson community fully embraced this wonderful family-friendly tradition, and before long, it spread throughout central Maryland.
In 2018, together we raised $850,000 for children in families in central Maryland who otherwise would not be able to afford Y programs and services such as preschool, before and after school enrichment and other programs to support health and well-being.
Says John Holman, long-time Northern Baltimore County Community Leadership Board member, “the Y has been, and continues to be, such a bright spot in our community.”
Though Jill’s involvement with the Y and her Y Center has changed (she’s now a personal trainer at the Greater Annapolis Y in Arnold), she’s still involved with the Y’s Turkey Trot Charity 5k. In fact, she’s been coordinating the race route for the Y Turkey Trot in Arnold for the past few years.
We hope to see you at this year’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning! Whether you want to run, walk, volunteer or raise money to support your community, there’s something for everyone! Register now.
To celebrate, the Northern Baltimore County Y Volunteer Community Leadership Board is hosting a Silver Jubilee Celebration at the Valley Inn on November 21 with happy hour specials, giveaways, and a 50/50 raffle. It’s free and you can RSVP here!
Special thanks to Northern Baltimore County Community Leadership Board member Rich Zink for his long-standing support of the Towson race, and for his assistance in researching the original race.
Hi! My name is Peter the Dog. I’m a ten-year-old black lab of mixed heritage (of which I’m very proud of, by the way.) I’m also adopted (another a point of pride). My adopted mother, Sara, is a saint. She feeds me two times a day (and more when I’m extra hungry or very sweet — which is, of course, well, always).
Even though sometimes it seems like we’re a different species (I mean, come on! Have you seen the clothes she wears? So uptight!), she and I have a lot in common. We both love to walk, and while she’s into “power walking,” and I’m more into “smelling the roses,” we both love our outdoor time together.
We’re also both natural caretakers. That’s why we sign up for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K together every year! It gets us out on the walking trail early Thanksgiving morning, is super fun and feeds our deep need to help others. In fact, helping others is etched in my DNA. “My people” (so to speak), have been helping others since the beginning of time, so I’m an expert, and this I know to be true: the more you give, the more you get– big time (and I’m not just talkin’ treats here. I’m talkin’ that warm feeling you get deep in the pit of your belly for doing good deeds).
So come on, get off the couch! Put down the remote and run or walk with us Thanksgiving morning! You’ll love the good vibes and the exercise. Plus, the bandana you get when you register (or shirt for the uptight, uh… I mean upright types) makes a serious fashion statement, so it’s a total win-win! Here’s a picture of me modelling this year’s bandana (I hadn’t had my coffee yet that morning but you get the picture…)
You better register your dog now though, as there’s only 100 bandanas left!
See ya on the trail!
Peter the Dog