Photos will be posted on our Facebook page starting Thanksgiving Day. Some photos can take up to a week, so be sure to follow along to not miss out.
Don’t forget – if you are not currently a Y Member, your registration for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K kicks-off your complimentary Y membership – good for up to 30 days until December 31, 2018! Just register for Turkey Trot, then stop by any Y Center with a copy of your receipt (email or printed) and a photo ID to activate your free Y membership today!
We would like to thank all the generous sponsors of the 2018 Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K and wish you all a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!
Online registration for the 2018 Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K closed at 8pm, Monday, November 19th, 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!
Please note, although we try our very best, we can’t guarantee shirt sizes for people who register during Race Week.
Race Week Rates: (beginning at 11:59pm Saturday, November 17th)
We look forward to seeing you Thanksgiving morning as we gather across Central Maryland for Tradition. Family fun. Health. Friendship. Fitness. Giving back. A second helping of pie. Whatever your reasons, we look forward to seeing your smiling face. Here we have summarized the parking information for every location to help make Thanksgiving morning as stress free as possible.
Baltimore: Our Thanksgiving morning walkers, runners, volunteers, moral supporters, etc should park at the Weinberg Y in Waverly or the upper-lot of Johns Hopkins University at Eastern (at the corner of Loch Raven Blvd and Eastern). Please be sure to check your favorite directional service before heading to the Trot – Harford Road is closed at Argonne Drive and may impact your usual travel route.
Bel Air: Courtland Street Garage, Harford Mutual and anywhere else in town that is NOT on the race course.
There will be no parking in the Y parking lot; please park at Carroll Community College, follow signs
Due to the course layout, the Sheriff’s Department will not allow the college parking lot to start to clear until the last participant passes the lower entrance of this area. If you need to leave earlier than this, it is advised to park at the Park ‘n Ride Lot at the intersection of 32 & 97. We will provide shuttles starting 7:20a-8:10a and 9:00a–10:00a for this lot by the Y Mini-Bus
Park ‘n Ride Lot at the intersection of 32 & 97. We will provide shuttles starting 7:20a-8:10a and 9:00a–10:00a for this lot by the Y Mini-Bus
DO NOT PARK at Robert Moton Elem School – thank you!
We know you like to plan ahead, so here are the 2018 packet pick-up details. We encourage you to pick up your packets ahead of time to ensure a stress-free Thanksgiving morning.
• Tuesday, November 20 – The Y in Arnold (Greater Annapolis), 3-8 pm
• Wednesday, November 21 – The Y in Arnold (Greater Annapolis), 10 am -7 pm
• Thursday, November 22 – The Y in Arnold (Greater Annapolis), 7 am
For more information about the Arnold Turkey Trot, please contact E.J. Amyot at 410.544.2525 or EdwardAmyot@ymaryland.org
• Tuesday, November 20, The Weinberg Y in Waverly – 3-8 pm
• Wednesday, November 21, The Weinberg Y in Waverly – 10 am -7 pm
• Thursday, November 22, The Weinberg Y in Waverly – 7 am
For more information about the Baltimore City Turkey Trot, please contact Heather Wilson at 410.889.9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Tuesday, November 20 – The Ward Family Y in Abingdon, 3 – 8 pm
• Wednesday, November 21 – Charm City Run – Bel Air, 10 am – 7 pm
• Thursday, November 22 – McComas Funeral Home Bel Air parking lot, 7 am
For more information about the Bel Air Turkey Trot, please contact Suzanne Green at 410.679.9622 or SuzanneGreen@ymaryland.org
• Tuesday, November 20 –The Dancel Y in Ellicott City, 3 – 8 pm
• Wednesday, November 21 – The Dancel Y in Ellicott City, 10 am – 7 pm
• Thursday, November 22 – Long Gate Shopping Center, 7 am
For more information about the Ellicott City Turkey Trot, please contact Dawn Chrystal-Wolfe at 410.747.9622 or DawnChrystal@ymaryland.org
• Tuesday, November 20 – The Y in Perry Hall, 3 – 8 pm
• Wednesday, November 21 – The Y in Perry Hall, 10 am – 7 pm
• Thursday, November 22 – The Y in Perry Hall, 7 am
For more information about the Perry Hall Turkey Trot, please contact Lauren Reyes at 410.529.1999 or LaurenReyes@ymaryland.org
• Tuesday, November 20 – The Orokawa Y in Towson, 3 – 8 pm
• Wednesday, November 21 – The Orokawa Y in Towson, 10 am – 7 pm
• Thursday, November 22 –The Orokawa Y in Towson, 7 am
For more information about the Towson Turkey Trot, please contact Ryan Gadow at 410.823.8870 or RyanGadow@ymaryland.org
• Tuesday, November 20 – The Hill Y in Westminster, 2 – 9 pm
• Wednesday, November 21 – The Hill Y in Westminster, 10 am – 9pm
• Thursday, November 22 – The Hill Y in Westminster, 7 am
For more information about the Westminster Turkey Trot, please contact Mike Walters at 410.848.3660 or MikeWalters@ymaryland.org
Are you thinking about signing your family up for the Turkey Trot Charity 5K? We’re here to tell you that there are so many benefits to participating as a family, especially if you have little ones!
It encourages the value of physical activity from a young age
As parents know, children are always watching and learning. Running or walking together provides an excellent opportunity to get everyone moving and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. And it’s not just for your two-legged family members either—you can bring your pups along, too! And to make things even better, if you register your dog they will receive a fashionable doggy bandana to wear!
You can relive your youth!
Do you remember what running was like as a kid? You laced up your shoes (maybe, if you wore them!) and took off as fast as your legs could carry you, arms swinging wild and free. Participating in the Turkey Trot with your family allows you to relive the joys of your youth!
You can help others, together
If you don’t want to run or walk, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Spend the morning supporting others by helping with packet pickup, holding mile markers, or assisting with setup and cleanup. It’s a great opportunity to talk to your family about giving back and volunteerism. Plus, you’ll probably make some new friends! To search all volunteer opportunities, simply follow this link.
And lastly, the Turkey Trot Charity 5K is also a great way to spend time together with your family, friends, neighbors, and community—and isn’t that the perfect way to start a day of giving thanks?
With a love of dinosaurs and trains, Graham may seem like a regular 4.5-year-old. But here’s the thing…he’s not.
For the last four weeks Graham has been in training for his first Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K! Yes, you read that right! With the support of Mom (Christina), Dad (Chris) and Dog (Puck), Graham has been regularly hitting the Patapsco trail preparing for the Ellicott City Turkey Trot. According to Christina, Graham is running a little further and a little faster each day!
When asked what motivated him to get involved, Graham says he is doing it for charity. His mom also shared that they have been talking about the value of community and the importance of completing something once committing to it.
Well, we’re here to tell you: Graham has definitely committed! As well as his impressive training regime, Graham has been fundraising up an absolute storm and has collected over $400 in donations! All proceeds raised by our fundraisers benefit children and adults throughout central Maryland who need help affording Y programs that keep them safe, engaged and healthy .
Graham’s inspiring commitment to community appears to be something that runs in the family. Literally. Both Christina and Chris will be running alongside Graham on Thanksgiving morning, cheering him on. As well as that, Chris’ company, Bolton (an employee benefits consulting firm) are sponsors of the Turkey Trot!
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Graham for his involvement and wish him the best of luck on the day. Based on his training progress, he may even run faster than a raptor (one of his favorite dinosaurs)!
We’d also like to extend our deepest gratitude to his parents and supporters for helping him every *mini* step of the way. We’re so lucky to have people like you in our Y family.
If you’d like to follow or support Graham’s adorable Turkey Trot journey, his fundraising page is updated regularly with updates.
Did you know that you can fundraise for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K? That’s right! As soon as you register, we automatically set you up with a fundraising page which you can log into anytime at http://login.classy.org
By fundraising for the Y Turkey Trot, you are strengthening our community for all, for a better us. All proceeds benefit children and adults throughout central Maryland who need help affording Y programs that keep them safe, engaged and healthy.
What motivated you to fundraise for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K in 2017?
My motivation came from a few different places. One was raising money for kids in need… I figured it was one small way I can give something to the city we live in. It was also fun having a goal to work towards and a good reason to get out and run more regularly!
What are your top five fundraising tips for beginners?
Be sure to describe what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how their donation can be impactful in a child’s life. Talk about your training and challenges. The more you offer, the better your chance of convincing people to give.
Consistency is key. Email regularly.
ALWAYS INCLUDE YOUR DONOR PAGE URL! ALWAYS!
Send a follow-up email after the event thanking everyone for helping to make the Turkey Trot a success. Tell them how much you raised and reiterate what a difference they made in the lives of children. Include a tired/sweaty post-race selfie of you—people want to know you earned their donations!
My last piece of advice is to thank each contributor individually. Write them a nice email thanking them, and let them know how they are helping to improve a child’s life.
What was your favorite thing about race day? Well, first it was a beautiful autumn morning—perfect for running! I loved seeing all the people out there, running, walking, jogging. Seeing everyone out there all doing the same thing, having fun at a charitable event, was both rewarding and motivating. Also finishing! Just finishing was pretty great.
Thanks for the tips, Jason!
And for all the 2018 Turkey Trotters out there, did you know that upon registration we automatically create a fundraising page for you? All you need to do is “claim it” and get cracking! We also have an awesome range of Fundraising Prizes available to all our top fundraisers. Check them out here.