Join YMCA of the Chesapeake at one of six Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K locations on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
When you run with us Thanksgiving morning you are supporting our mission to work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
The YMCA of the Chesapeake engages over 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – at our 8 branches. We serve daily the communities of Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, Wicomico and Worchester Counties in Maryland, as well as Accomack County in Virginia.
Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA
Hunter Oak Golf Course
500 Amberly Farm Lane
Queenstown, MD 21658
A 5K on at the beautiful Hunters Oak Golf Course is a mix of flat and rolling terrain. There are paved sections, grassy terrain, wooden bridges to cross, water views, occasional wildlife sightings, woods, fields, and, of course, the golf course!
Caroline County Family YMCA
12610 Eveland Rd
Ridgely, MD 21660
A 5K through the paths of Adkins Arboretum which includes diverse habitats that support more than 600 species of plants where many creatures, including quail, bluebirds, deer, fox, and turkeys, forage for food.
Easton Family YMCA
202 Peachblossom Road
Easton, MD 21601
A 5K beginning and ending at the Easton Family YMCA capturing scenic views of both Easton locations and Idlewild Park.
Richard A. Henson Family YMCA
715 S. Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
A 5K staring at the Richard A. Henson Family YMCA winding through the streets and beautiful city park ending back at the YMCA.
Lower Shore Family YMCA
1900 Worcester Highway
Pocomoke City, MD 21851
A 5K through the off road trails, grassy terrain and paved paths of the beautiful Lower Shore Family YMCA site.
Chincoteague Island Family YMCA
Chincoteague High School
4586 Main Street
Chincoteague, VA 23336
A 5K beginning and ending at Chincoteague High School. This flat fast course has wooded views and is overlooking the Bay.
What am I supporting when I run?
YMCA of the Chesapeake 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.
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?
No, all are welcome!
Are children welcome?
Absolutely! Children six and under register for just $5. Children ages seven through 17 register for the reduced rate of $20.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes! Dogs who are registered for the event will receive a 2017 Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K bandanna. Dogs do not have to register, but only those who register will receive a bandanna. We also ask that dogs who attend: are well socialized, well behaved, on leash at all times, and line up at the back of the pack.
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.
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!
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 our area 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.
What if it rains?
Y Turkey Trots are held rain or shine!
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.
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.
Where can I find the race results?
Race results can be found on our website.
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 Tek 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 can I volunteer the day of the event?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and the race you would like volunteer for!
Race Bib Numbers
Must be placed on front of shirt for finish line postings.
Smoking is NOT permitted on YMCA property or the 5k course.