The YMCA Turkey Trot embraces the York community
Cori Strathmeyer | 12.04.13
Photo by Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News
A few “turkeys” — from left, Alli Stover of Springettsbury Township, Sara Cain of York Township and Dana Alkhas of Dallastown — try to keep warm before the Turkey Trot run in York on Nov. 28.
The YMCA Turkey Trot 5K race has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for those living in or visiting York County. For the past 17 years, the race has grown to become much more than a running race.
It has become a signature event within York, one that exemplifies the Y mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Each year, families and friends gather, some in crazy turkey attire and others in matching team T-shirts, to get a little exercise, complete a bucket-list challenge and to simply have fun. Participants include moms with strollers, dads with dogs, grandparents with grandkids, cousins, best-friends, sports teams, wedding parties and avid runners. Initially, the Turkey Trot was developed as a sporting event.
But overtime, it was clear that the community viewed the race as a holiday kick-off — a way to perhaps “earn” seconds at Thanksgiving dinner as well as a heaping piece of pumpkin pie!