We look forward to seeing you Thanksgiving morning for the 24th annual Turkey Trot Charity 5k in Bel Air! Thank you for joining us in this healthy Thanksgiving morning tradition!
Not a Y member yet?
Good news! Your registration for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K kicks-off your complimentary Y membership – good for up to 30 days until December 31, 2019! Just register for the Turkey Trot, then stop by any Y Center with a copy of your receipt (email or printed) to activate your free Y membership today! Offer not available to current Y members.
Course: Walk or run starting on the historic streets of downtown Bel Air and ending on the scenic MA & PA Trail!
Parking: Courtland Street Garage, Harford Mutual and anywhere else in town that is NOT on the race course.
From turkeys to chefs to cans of cranberry sauce, one of the best parts of the Turkey Trot is the costumes! Have some (extra) fun by dressing up and you may win yourself a prize in one of our categories: best individual, best group and best dog!
Packet Pick-up Times:
We strongly encourage you to pick up your packets in advance, as lines on Thanksgiving morning can be long. You may pick up packets for friends and family, just have their first and last names.
What am I supporting when I run?
Proceeds from this major community fundraising event fund Y Open Doors Financial Aid to help families living in poverty throughout central Maryland afford Y programs which keep them and their children active, learning and participating in all the Y has to offer.
Is my registration tax-deductible?
A portion of your registration fee and all donations are tax-deductible. The Y in Central Maryland is designated as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Your contribution is tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation. For a copy of our current financial statement, please contact us at 303 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21204 or 443-322-9622.
Can I walk (instead of run)?
Of course. You are welcome to run, walk, trot, skip, just keep moving forward!
Do I have to be a Y member?
Everyone is welcome! In fact, your registration kicks-off your complimentary Y membership – good for up to 30 days until December 31, 2019! Just register for the Turkey Trot, then stop by any Y Center with a copy of your receipt (email or printed) to activate your free Y membership today! Offer not available to current Y members.
Are children welcome?
Absolutely! Children six and under register for just $5. Children ages seven through 17 register for a reduced rate.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes! Dogs who are registered will receive a Y Turkey Trot bandana. Dogs do not have to register, but only those who register will receive a bandana. We also ask that dogs who attend are well socialized, well behaved, on leash at all times, and line up with their owners at the back of the pack (also, please clean up after your pooch).
Are strollers allowed?
Yes! Strollers are permitted on the course; however, we ask that for safety reasons you line up at the back of the pack.
What if I can’t make it after I have registered and paid for the race?
Your registration fee will not be refunded if you do not attend. Your fee will go to helping families in Central Maryland that are in critical need of assistance.
Do I need to come to packet pick up or can I get my shirt and number the morning of the event?
If it is necessary for you to pick up your packet the morning of the 5K, you can do so. We strongly encourage you to pick up your packet in advance to avoid standing in line the morning of the event.
Can I send someone to pick up my packet for me?
Yes, that person will have to initial that they picked up your packet in case there is any question.
How do I get my t-shirt?
You can pick up your t-shirt when you pick up your packet either at the packet pick up times or the day of the event. Remember that if you register race morning, you are not guaranteed a t-shirt.
What t-shirt size should I get?
T-shirts are Adult Unisex and fabric. The sizing is as follows: Small – 28 length, 18 width; Medium – 29 length, 20 width; Large – 30 length, 22 width, XLarge – 31 length, 24 width, 2XL – 32 length, 26 wide.
How do I access my complimentary 30-day membership?
To activate your complimentary membership please bring your registration receipt to any Y Center and one of our helpful associates will sign you up. This membership expires at the end of December, so it’s best to get your month in before then! Please note this offer is not available to current Y members.
Is there a family/group discount?
Since this is a fundraiser for those in need, we do not discount registrations, BUT you can register as a team!
Can I create a team?
Yes! Whether it be with friends, family or work colleagues, we’d love you to register a team. All you need to do is select the ‘Create a Team’ option when you register and you’ll be off and running.
How do I join a team?
It’s easy. You can either search for an already formed team upon registration or your Team Captain can send you a direct link to the team page.
Fundraising & Donations FAQs
Are donations tax deductible?
The Y in Central Maryland is designated as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Your contribution is tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation. For a copy of our current financial statement, please contact us at 303 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21204 or 443-322-9622.
I’m not registered to run on the day but I would still like to fundraise. Is this possible?
Yes please and thank you! All you need to do is select the ‘Fundraiser’ option upon registration and we’ll set you up with an online fundraising page for you to collect donations.
Are there any fundraising prizes available?
Yes. And the more you more you raise, the closer you’ll be to getting your hands on some excellent fundraising prizes.
How do I sponsor/donate to someone?
Click here to search for fundraisers and teams and make a specific donation.
Can I make a general donation to the event?
Yes please! Your donation will go a long way in helping children and adults afford Y programs that keep them safe, engaged and healthy. Tax-deductible donations can be made here.
Where can I find materials to help me fundraise?
If you need a little bit of extra support, you can find some helpful fundraising resources on our website.
What if it rains?
Y Turkey Trots are held rain or shine!
Where is the start/finish line?
The run starts on Williams Street at West Broadway near McComas Funeral Home (50 W Broadway, Bel Air, MD 21014).
What is the Course?
- South on Williams Street to Alice Ann Street
- Left on Alice Ann to Hays Street
- Right turn onto Hays Street
- South on Hays Street to George Street
- right on George Street to Kelly Avenue
- Right on Kelly Avenue
- right on N. Reed Street to Thomas Street
- Left on Thomas Street to Williams Street
- Left onto Williams Street
- North on Williams Street to Broadway
- Left on Broadway to the Liriodendron
- Enter the trail portion of the event, ending on Williams Street
Can I dress up?
What time should I arrive?
If you are already registered, please plan to arrive at the event at least 30 minutes before start time (by 8:00 am). If you are registering on event day, please plan to arrive at least one hour before the 5K begins.
Where do I park?
Courtland Street Garage, Harford Mutual, public lots and on streets not used for the 5K.
Are there prizes?
Yes – Medals will be awarded to the top three runners in each age group! Fundraising prizes will be awarded in the weeks following the event.
Is the run timed?
Yes! All runners, except children and dogs, are timed. All race results will be released on our blog by midday on Thanksgiving. You will also be able to find them on our Facebook page.
Are medals given out?
Medals will be awarded to the top three runners in each age group and will be distributed after the race.
- 9 years and under
- 10-15 years old
- 16-19 years old
- 20-29 years old
- 30-39 years old
- 40-49 years old
- 50-59 years old
- 60-69 years old
- 70+ years
Fundraising prizes will be awarded in the weeks following the event.
Race Bib Numbers
Must be placed on front of shirt for finish line postings.
Where can I find the race results?
Smoking is NOT permitted on The Y in Central Maryland property or the 5k course.
How can I volunteer the day of the event in Bel Air?
Please sign up here!