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There are two ways you can participate in the 126th YMCA Turkey Trot:

In-Person – be one of 14,000 to race down Delaware Avenue on Thanksgiving morning.

Virtually – take part in WNY’s annual 8K race at the time and place of your choosing between Thursday, November 25 and Sunday, November 28.

Race Details

Online registration for both the virtual and in-person options opens at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 12, 2021. The live race caps at 12,000.

(Paper applications will not be accepted.)

Entry Fees

The Early Bird entry fee for both the in-person and virtual YMCA Turkey Trot is $37 per person. This non-refundable registration fee includes all online processing fees and a commemorative t-shirt.

Race Route

The in-person route (4.97 miles) begins at Delaware & Tacoma Avenues in North Buffalo and finishes near the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Click here to view a map of the full course.

Virtual participants have the option to run, jog, or walk an 8k (4.97 miles) route of their choosing anytime between Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 28.

Regardless of where you run, all participants are encouraged to follow all NYS and CDC guidelines for proper social distancing.

Packet Pick-Up

Pre-Race packet pick-up is available Monday, November 22 through Wednesday, November 24 at the INDEPENDENT HEALTH FAMILY BRANCH YMCA, located at 150 Tech Drive in Amherst (off of Main Street and Wehrle Drive near the ECC North Campus). Race Day packet pick-up is also available 7:00-8:30 am at the DELAWARE FAMILY YMCA, 2564 Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo.

Virtual participants living outside of Erie and Niagara counties can select to have their packet shipped to them for an additional fee.

Additional Race Details

In-Person Race FAQ         Virtual Race FAQ     

The Turkey Trot phone line is 716-565-6000.

Race details may be subject to change due to NYS COVID-19 guidelines. Follow this page for updates, or you can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.