FAQ

RACE CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19

Although this year’s virtual event will be different, we are excited to continue the holiday traditional with our 39th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot! No matter where you Trot with us, you’re helping the Y continue to provide opportunities and access for all.

What is the YMCA Turkey Trot?

The Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot is one of the largest races in Tarrant County. Each year, new generations of families turn out to experience the fun, family-friendly atmosphere. While this year will be different, we look forward to keeping the Thanksgiving Day tradition that has been enjoyed by generations since 1981.

What does the YMCA Turkey Trot benefit?

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth welcomes all who wish to participate and believes that no one should be denied access based on their ability to pay. Proceeds from the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot benefit diverse programs of the Y that are strengthening our community including preschool and afterschool care, water safety and swim lessons, day and overnight camp, youth sports, health programs and more.

Why is the Turkey Trot going virtual for 2020?

Due to the current city and state restrictions on mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to host a virtual event this year. Our goal is to give all loyal past participants and friends the opportunity to still run the Turkey Trot together, but safely apart.

Do you have to be a runner to participate?

No! Whether you’re a competitive runner, casual jogger, or walker, the Turkey Trot is for you. All ages and abilities are welcome!

How much does the virtual YMCA Turkey Trot cost?

$35 per participant. The non-refundable registration fee includes all online processing fees, and a t-shirt, while supplies last. The first 1,000 registrants will also receive a commemorative face covering.

What is the race route?

As a virtual participant, you get to choose the location and time of day that works best for you! Using the RaceJoy app, you will be able to track your progress throughout the race. Adherence to all social distancing guidelines is strongly encouraged for the safety of you and anyone trotting in the same area.

Can I participate even if I live in a different city, state, or country?

Yes! Because it’s a virtual event, you can participate wherever you call home. We just ask for additional shipping charges to get your race packet mailed to you.

How do you register for the virtual YMCA Turkey Trot?

Register online at fwtrot.org and click on the registration link. Paper registrations will not be accepted this year.

I just registered, now what?

Thanks for participating! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Let people know you’re taking part in this historic event by downloading and sharing your participation on social media via the RaceJoy app.
  • Encourage friends and family both near and far to join you in supporting this great cause.
How do I use the NEW RaceJoy App?

Although not required, we encourage you to use the free RaceJoy mobile app to track your race and report your result for an optimal race experience.

  • Download the free app through iTunes or Google Play
  • Search for “Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot” in the search bar
  • Select “I WANT TO BE TRACKED” and follow instructions
  • You will need your bib number to enable RaceJoy. This is your Transaction Number, which can be be found through your GetMeRegistered confirmation email.
  • Supporters can also download the app and use it to track your run and even send you cheers!
  • At the conclusion of your race, you will have the option to send in your result or decline and try again at another time
When and where does packet pick-up take place?

Packet pick-up days and times are listed below. You can also select to have your packet mailed to you for an additional fee. Mailed registration selected on or before November 16 will be mailed by November 20. Mailed registration selected November 17 and after will be mailed after Thanksgiving.

Packet Pickup Times and Dates
Sunday, November 22 – 12:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Monday, November 23 – 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday, November 24 – 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Wednesday, November 25 – 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Luke’s Locker
The Shops at Clearfork
5255 Monahans Ave Fort Worth, TX 76109
817-877-1448

I can’t make it to curbside packet pick-up and don’t want to have my packet shipped to me. Can someone else get my packet for me?

Yes. You can have someone pick it up for you.

 

Will there be any achievement/place awards given out?

Overall and age division awards will not be presented for the virtual race. All participants will receive the traditional race t-shirt (while supplies last) and the first 1,000 to register will receive a commemorative face mask.

What if I have more questions about the YMCA Turkey Trot?

For more information on this year’s race, please email [email protected].