FAQ

Moritz Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot FAQs

How do I register for the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot?

Your options for registration include the following:

  • Race Day Registration –You can register race day prior to the start of the 5K & 10K start. Registration begins at 6:30 A.M.  Timed registration will end at 8:00 A.M.  Early arrival ensures you will not miss the race start. Please remember, registering on race day, there is no guarantee of shirt, bib, or chip. 
  • Group & Family Registration –Group & Family registration is offered for Groups or Families of 5 or more participants who register and pay on or before November 20th. Each member of a Group & Family will receive a $5 discount (The $5 discount will be applied once the 5th participant has registered and paid for the Trot).  Group & Family participants do not need to participate in the same event to receive the $5 discount per participant. Group & Family participants should pick up shirts and bibs prior to race day.
When and where does packet pick-up take place?

T-Shirts and bibs will be available during the scheduled Packet Pick-Up days at Luke’s Locker and the Northpark YMCA.  To ensure you will receive a t-shirt and bib, we encourage early registration and attending packet pick-up prior to race day.

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

  • Saturday, November 19th
    Noon – 7pm
  • Sunday, November 20th
    Noon – 5pm
  • Monday, November 21st
    Noon – 7pm
  • Tuesday, November 22nd
    Noon – 7pm
  • Wednesday, November 23rd
    Noon – 5pm

 

Northpark YMCA
9100 Beach Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76244
817-993-1333

  • Saturday, November 19th
    Noon – 4pm
  • Sunday, November 20th
    Noon – 5pm
  • Monday, November 21st
    Noon – 7pm
  • Tuesday, November 22nd
    Noon – 7pm
  • Wednesday, November 23rd
    Noon – 5pm
Can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes – the person picking up the packet(s) will need the participant’s name or QR Code.

Where do I park when I get to the Turkey Trot?

There is parking available in several parking lots along Camp Bowie as well as limited parking around the race area. On street parking should be limited to the south side of Camp Bowie to avoid conflict with the 5k and 10k. We encourage participants to arrive early and carpool, if possible.

Do I get a finisher medal for completing the 5K or 10K?

The first 1,500 “chip-timed” 10K runners will receive a 2022 Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot medal upon completion of the 10K run.  

 The first 2,500 “chip-timed” 5K runners will receive a 2022 Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot medal upon completion of their 5K run. 

 The first 400 children participating in the Youth Gobbler Trot will receive a commemorative finisher ribbon. 

Do you have age group awards?

Yes, we offer age group medals for the top three finishers in each age group in the 5K & 10K (age groups listed below). All age group awards can be picked-up at the event after the completion of the 5K & 10K events.  Age group awards not picked-up on race day will be available at Luke’s Locker – Clear Fork location (November 25th – December 10th).  Age group awards are only available for Timed Runners.  

 

5k Age Groups – Medals

  • Ages 0-8 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 9-10 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 11-12 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 13-14 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 15-19 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 20-24 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 25-29 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 30-34 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 35-39 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 40-44 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 45-49 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 50-54 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 55-59 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 60-64 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 65-69 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 70-74 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 75-79 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 80+ (Male and Female)

 

10k Age Groups – Medals

  • Ages 0-13 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 14-19 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 20-24 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 25-29 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 30-34 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 35-39 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 40-44 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 45-49 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 50-54 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 55-59 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 60-64 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 65-69 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 70-74 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 75-79 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 80+ (Male and Female)
5K Prize Money

Again this year, we are excited to offer cash prizes for the top 3 finishers in the 5K. All award recipients must be registered prior to the event.

Prize Breakdown:

  • 1st Overall Male + Female        $300 Cash
  • 2nd Overall Male + Female       $200 Cash
  • 3rd Overall Male + Female        $100 Cash
  • 1st Masters* Male + Female       $150 Luke’s Locker Gift Card
  • 2nd Masters* Male + Female      $100 Luke’s Locker Gift Card
  • 3rd Masters* Male + Female       $50 Luke’s Locker Gift Card

Prize money distribution is based upon gun time results and will only be awarded for qualified finishers of the 5K.

All award recipients must be registered and paid prior to start of the 5K race.

A review of the results will occur prior to the awards ceremony and prize money disbursements, but decisions of the Event & Course Director are final and cannot be contested.

*All Masters Division participants must be 40 years of age or older at race time.

What events/distances are offered for the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot?
  • 1K Gobbler Trot
  • 10K
  • 5K
  • Dog Trot
    NEW Turkey Trot Group Challenge

    Who is going to show up with the biggest group (friends or family) for the 2022 Moritz Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot?!  New for 2022, we will be holding a Group Challenge, recognizing the top 3 largest groups who register for the Turkey Trot. 

    Official Rules:

    • Participants must be registered and paid prior to November 22nd.
    • All participants must be signed-up as a team member to be counted as a Group/Family team member.
    • Recognized captain/leader of the top 3 groups should be at the entertainment stage no later than 8:00am for the awards presentation.
    • One trophy will be awarded to the designated captain/leader of the top 3 teams prior to the 5K & 10K race.
    • No additional fee is required for this event.
    Beat a Turkey Trot Hall of Famer at the 5k

    How do you beat one of our Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot Hall of Fame Members?  Prior to race day, Keith Kotar and Luciana Bartholomew (Fort Worth YMCA Hall of Fame Honorees) will run the 5K on an open course.  Their finish times will serve as the official 5K time to beat! 

    • The first 25 male runners besting Keith’s course time will receive a commemorative t-shirt at the finish line.
    • The first 25 female runners besting Luciana’s course time will receive a commemorative t-shirt at the finish line.

    Official Rules:

    • Runners must be registered and paid prior to the start of the Turkey Trot 5K.
    • Runners must be chip-timed to compete in this challenge.
    • The gun time will be the official clock for this event. 
    • You must complete the course faster than the posted time to win a t-shirt and Beat a Turkey Trot Hall of Famer.

    No additional fee is required for this event.

    Turkey Trot Costume Contest

    New for 2022, we will be holding a Costume Contest! The top 10 costumed runners prior to the start of the 5K & 10K event will receive an award.

    Official Rules:

    • Participants must be registered and paid prior to the start.
    • Participants should be at the entertainment stage no later than 8:00 am for the contest.
    • Top 10 costumed runners will receive an award prior to the start of the 5K & 10K runs.
    • No additional fee is required for this event.
    What are the start times?
    • 1K Gobbler Trot: 8:00 A.M.
    • 10K: 8:30 A.M.
    • 5K: 8:30 A.M.
    • 5K Team Challenge: 8:30 A.M.
      Is the Youth Gobbler Trot a separate event or distance?

      Yes, the Gobbler Trot is a 1K fun run. Parents who register for the 5K or the 10K may accompany their child(ren) in the Gobbler Trot for free. The first 400 youth finishers of the Gobbler Trot will receive a commemorative finisher ribbon. The Gobbler Trot is not a timed event.

      What is the VIP Turkey Coop?

      The VIP Turkey Coop is a great way to start your Turkey Trot experience! This is a great spot to nourish the body and enjoy a little fellowship prior to taking flight in the 5K or 10K runs. The fee for this experience is $15 per person. Wristbands will be available during the packet pick-up for those who pre-register for this experience. A limited number of Turkey Coop wristbands will be available. 

      Turkey Coop Perks: 

      • Breakfast
      • Coffee
      • Hot Chocolate
      • Both covered and uncovered Coop to roam
      • Limited seating will be available
      • Semi-private Pot-O-lets
      Turkey Trot Hall of Fame

      In celebration of of the 40 years of the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot, we recognizing some of our loyal runners, event volunteer leaders, community supporter and some of our past event winners. Honorees will be notified in advance of this year’s event and recognized prior to the start of this year’s runs. Watch for our Facebook post beginning in late September as we announce the 2022 honorees.

      Hall of Fame Members:

      • Luciana Bartholomew
      • Chris Butler
      • Avery Culpepper
      • Reagan Ferguson
      • Trevor Gilley
      • Caitlin Keen
      • Keith Kotar
      • Luke’s Locker
      • Moritz Auto
      • Scott Murray
      • Elizabeth Northern
      • Brent Paulson
      • Mayor Betsy Price
      • Jonathan Swiatocha
      Can I walk the 5K or 10K?

      Yes, we have lots of walkers. All walkers MUST start at the back of the pack to allow the competitive runners to start the race.

      Can I bring my dog?

      Yes, there is a $15.00 registration fee and all well trained, friendly dogs on leashes (max. 3 ft.) are welcome and MUST line up at the back of the starting corrals. No dogs allowed in the competitive chip timed corral. Owners maintain responsibility for their pets. Dogs must be registered for the event and the first 400 dogs to register will receive a Turkey Trot dog bandana. Runners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.

      Is skating or cycling allowed?

      No, because they travel at a higher speed, for the safety of others, rollerblades, Heelys, roller skates, scooters and bicycles are not allowed in the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot.

      Do I have to be chip timed?

      No, chip timing is not required to participate in either the 5k or 10k run. Those that want to be chip timed must select the chip timed option during the online registration process (A $5.00 timing fee is added to all runners who wish to be chip timed).  Runners must be chipped timed to be eligible for overall or age group awards or finisher medals. 

      Is there assistance available if I cannot complete the whole course?

      Yes, we have paramedics, radio operators and police officers patrolling the course. If you need assistance, just ask a volunteer or an officer for help. We also have water stops located on the course.

      Are baby strollers allowed?

      Absolutely, strollers are welcome and participants with strollers MUST line up at the back of the starting corrals. No strollers allowed in the competitive chip timed corral. 

      Will food and water be available at the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot?

      The Turkey Trot will provide water and fruit for our participants at no charge.

      What if it rains or snows? Will you still have the Turkey Trot?

      In general, no matter what the weather, the Turkey Trot will go on! Only severe lightning will delay the event. Our paramount concern is the safety of our participants.

      What happens to the proceeds from the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot?

      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.

      When does the course close?

      All courses close at 10:30 A.M. If course/time accommodations are needed, please contact Eddie Dobbins @ [email protected] prior to November 5th. 

      Who do I contact with questions about the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot?

      Please contact Eddie Dobbins @ [email protected] with any event related questions.