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
Here at Turkey Trot HQ, we love a good fall movie. Our favorite you ask? Why Hocus Pocus, of course! This 1993 Halloween cult-classic tells the story of three witches (the Sanderson Sisters) returning home to Salem after being resurrected by a group of young kids on Halloween. From catchy songs to tie-dye shirts (Max: no), this movie pretty much has it all – including some valuable lessons you can apply to your Turkey Trot fundraising efforts.
Remember when older-brother Max tells his adorable little sister Dani that he won’t take her trick-or-treating? Luckily, thanks to her persistence (and epic set of vocal cords) she gets her own way like an absolute boss. The lesson here? Don’t be deterred if your fundraising campaign starts off slowly. You need to give it time to develop. If you ask for donations over Facebook but have no luck, why not try a personal email to your close family and friends or make the ask in person? For a bit of extra support, you can find some helpful fundraising resources on our website and by logging into your Classy account.
In order to put a spell on the ENTIRE town of Salem, the Sanderson Sisters performed an ENTIRE song and dance to do so. Seriously, re-watch this scene; they sing, they dance, and they DO MAGIC! So, when you’re asking for a donation, remember to share with your potential donors the reasons why it’s important to you and the impact their donation will make in the local community. Even a small donation will make a huge difference!
Pro tip: the more passion in your ask = the more magical your fundraising total will be.
Just as Max (the new kid on the block), Allison (the cool girl), Dani (Max’s little sister), and Thackery Binx (the talking cat) work together to stop the Sanderson Sisters from becoming immortal, you too can work together with your friends and family to achieve fundraising success. If you haven’t registered yet, why not put together a fundraising team and work toward a goal together?
Just as Max dramatically chooses to drink a vial of potion to protect his sister from the witches, fundraising sometimes requires you to take matters into your own hands. Now while we aren’t suggesting you do anything THAT intense, we recommend donating to your own page first to show your friends and family that you’re dedicated to raising funds.
So, there you have it! Four ways Hocus Pocus can help you run a successful fundraising campaign this Turkey Trot season. Do you have any fundraising tips you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear them. Please leave them in the comments.
We know you like to plan ahead, so here are the 2019 packet pick-up details.
We encourage you to pick up your packets 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.
For more information about the Arnold Turkey Trot, please contact Matt Lewis at 410.437.4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Baltimore City Turkey Trot, please contact Ashley Funk at 410.889.9622 or email@example.com
For more information about the Bel Air Turkey Trot, please contact Suzanne Green at 410.679.9622 or SuzanneGreen@ymaryland.org
For more information about the Ellicott City Turkey Trot, please contact Dawn Chrystal-Wolfe at 410.747.9622 or DawnChrystal@ymaryland.org
For more information about the Arnold Turkey Trot, please contact E.J. Amyot at 410-529-1999 or EdwardAmyot@ymaryland.org
For more information about the Towson Turkey Trot, please contact Amy Gantz-Cheatham at 410-823-8870 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Westminster Turkey Trot, please contact Mike Walters at 410.848.3660 or MikeWalters@ymaryland.org
“The Turkey Trot is always so exciting! To me, the most fun part is seeing all the people dressed up in their costumes. It’s cool!” says Serena.
In recent times however, instead of running, Serena has played the important role of being “the mile one” volunteer who cheers people on as they run. If you have participated in the Westminster race before, you may even recognize her!
Serena is one of 475+ volunteers who make the Turkey Trot a success year after year. From handing out bibs and shirts at packet pick up to getting up bright and early on Thanksgiving morning to help, volunteers make the Turkey Trot possible.
And with all the event proceeds going toward helping children and adults access Y programs that keep them safe, engaged and healthy, Serena deeply believes in the Y and the lifelong benefits of the organization.
“There may be a point in your life when you need something and someone steps in and helps. It is important that we do that as human beings,” says Serena.
Thank you to Serena and all our volunteers past, present, and future! If you would like to volunteer for this year’s event, please register today.
With the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K just around the corner, your child is invited to get involved in a fundraising competition between our Y Swim locations!
Joining in on the fun is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Register today for your team
|LOCATION NAME||FUNDRAISING PAGE||CONTACT|
|Orokawa Swim||https://fundraise.ymaryland.org/OrokawaSwim||Christine Rowe
|Ward Swim||https://fundraise.ymaryland.org/WardSwim||Jen Lakatta|
|Pasadena Swim||https://fundraise.ymaryland.org/PasadenaSwim||Ali Lechuk
Every $130 raised will give a series of Y swim lessons to a child, teaching them water safety and helping to develop their lifelong love of swimming.
Important things to note:
Have you and your family signed up for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K yet? It’s a great way to kick off the holiday, gathered with family (even your pup is invited!), friends and neighbors for a morning full of community, fresh air and exercise – all for a good cause!
Training for the Turkey Trot is the perfect way to get moving with your whole family. To get you started, here are few tips for running with your kids (even those in strollers!) and your dogs:
Connect with us! Use #yturkeytrot and show us your family training photos!