YMCA Turkey Trot Sets the Pace with 41st Annual Fundraiser

Community event supports scholarships, sports programs and health initiatives

Fort Worth, Texas (November 16, 2022) – Thousands of feet will hit the streets in Fort Worth on Thanksgiving Day morning for the annual Moritz Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot. Some come for the fun and fellowship. Others participate to burn a few calories before the big meal. What “trotters” may not know is that their involvement helps fund important YMCA programs and initiatives to support the community throughout the year.
 
Started in 1981 as a 5K race, the Turkey Trot has grown from 200 runners to over 10,000 in the 5K, 10K and Gobbler Trot races, and the annual event is now a Fort Worth tradition for generations of families.
 
The 41st Annual Turkey Trot will be held on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 6115 Camp Bowie (Camp Bowie Boulevard at Westridge Avenue, in front of Frost Bank). Participants can register online or sign up on race day. The 1K Gobbler Trot begins at 8 a.m. The 10K, 5K events begin at 8:30 a.m.
Proceeds from the annual event help fund diverse community programs across Tarrant, Hood and Johnson counties, such as preschool and afterschool care, water safety and swim lessons, day and overnight camp, youth sports, health programs and more.

“This event is more than a Thanksgiving Day tradition in Fort Worth. It is a way to support our neighbors and provide necessary financial support for children, families and seniors who are struggling to take advantage of the Y’s diverse programming,” said race organizer Eddie Dobbins. “This includes scholarships for essential childcare, youth sports and summer camps. It helps provide meals to those who are struggling with food insecurity and provides lifesaving education programs like drowning prevention and water safety or health programs and helps our senior populations find a community of support.”

The YMCA is able to make the Turkey Trot accessible to all, regardless of financial barriers, thanks to support of Blue Zones Project, a local community well-being initiative, which is underwriting participation for 500 individuals to run/walk in the Trot for the second year. 
New to this year’s event will be a Group Challenge, sponsored by CIGNA, which will recognize the top three largest groups of participating friends or family members. Participants for that challenge must be registered and paid prior to Nov. 22 and sign up as team members. The 2022 trot will also feature a costume contest with awards for the 10 best costumed runners announced prior to the start of the 5K and 10K events.
 
The Turkey Trot is made possible through sponsorships and the support of more than 500 community volunteers, who hand out race packets at various locations leading up to the event as well as handle event set up, registration and race monitoring. The annual event supports YMCA principles of healthy living by building community and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for adults, teens and children.

 “The YMCA is investing in people, community centers and programs, while facilitating partnerships across Greater Tarrant County to improve the well-being of residents,” said Mike Brown, YMCA CEO/president. “So, whether you’re taking part in the Turkey Trot, volunteering on the sidelines of your child’s soccer game or providing financial support throughout the year, know that you are helping us transform lives and build a better, stronger, healthier community.”
For more details or to register, visit fwtrot.org.
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs, services and relationships that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The organization seeks to transform lives by ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to grow and thrive, regardless of age, income or background. Established in 1890, when Fort Worth was just a frontier town, the YMCA now directly serves Tarrant, Johnson and Hood counties and impacts more than 100,000 residents each year, through 10 dedicated facilities, more than 50 program locations and numerous programs and services across the region. The YMCA is focused on strategic priorities in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Programs and services are available at YMCA locations in Bedford, Benbrook, Fort Worth, Granbury and Joshua. Facilities include community centers as well as a sports complex and a 360-acre camp along the banks of the Trinity River. For more information, visit YMCAFW.org.

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