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August 10, 2021

126th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot Registration Opens August 12

(Buffalo, NY) – YMCA Buffalo Niagara is excited to announce that registration for the 126th annual YMCA Turkey Trot will open Thursday, August 12 at 11:00 am. Runners may register at until race capacity is reached.

A virtual option is also available to participants who cannot attend the in-person event. Those who register for the virtual race have the option to run, jog, or walk an 8k (4.97 miles) anytime between Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 28. The first 1,200 people to register for either the in-person or virtual race will receive a pair of YMCA Turkey Trot knit texting gloves.

The YMCA Turkey Trot is a time-honored Thanksgiving Day tradition. The event sells out every year, so race organizers recommend that interested participants register early to secure their spot. The oldest consecutively run footrace in the world, the YMCA Turkey Trot is an 8k race that attracts 14,000 runners and walkers annually. Proceeds raised support YMCA Buffalo Niagara programs that empower youth, improve community health, and ensure access for all.

For more information on this year’s race, please visit or contact the Turkey Trot call line at (716) 565-6000.