Frequently Asked Questions
All courses close at 10:30 am. If course/time accommodations are needed, please contact Chris Butler at email@example.com by November 12.
Q: What are the start times?
1K Gobbler Trot: 8:00 A.M.
10K: 8:15 A.M.
5K: 8:30 A.M.
Q: How much is registration?
|5K & 10K Race Fee||Gobbler Trot Fee||Chip Timing Fee|
|$25 until July. 18th||$21 until Nov. 21st||$3 (Chip timing required to win age division)|
|$26 July 19th – Nov. 6th||$36 Nov. 22nd (Race Day)|
|$29 Nov. 7th – Nov. 20th|
|$31 Nov. 21st|
|$36 Nov. 22nd (race day)|
*Team Rate includes 8 or more
Online Registration Fees: Your registration does not guarantee you a dog bandanna, shirt or a size. The best way to ensure that you get a proper fitting shirt is to take advantage of the multiple days and locations of packet pick up.
Q: Is there an extra fee to register online?
No, the price you see is the price you pay. No online fees! YAY!
Courses: All 3 courses will begin on Camp Bowie at the Westridge intersection.
The 5K will end on Sunset and Westridge and 10K finish line will be on Camp Bowie and Westridge.
Race Day Registration:
Due to the various start times, registration will begin at 6:00 am on race day. Timed registration will end at 7:45 am.
Q: How do I register for the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot?
There are a few different ways to register:
Online –To register online click here.
Mail In –Brochures will be mailed to past participants in late September or early October. You can download by clicking here. If you are registering a dog, download the dog waiver form by clicking here. You can get on our mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll mail you a brochure. The postmark deadline for mail-in registration is Monday, November 5th. Please do not mail registration forms after that date. Registration forms can be mailed to:
Westside YMCA 8201 Calmont Fort Worth TX 76116
Walk In –You can register in person at The Westside YMCA
Race Day –You can register race day in the early morning. Registration begins at 6:00 am. Please plan on additional time if you choose race day registration. Early arrival ensures you won’t miss the race start. If you register on race day, there is no guarantee of shirt, size, bib, or chip. Timed registration will end at 7:45 am.
Team/Family Registration –Team/Family can be done for groups of 8 or more runners who register and pay together on or before Sunday November 4th. Teams do not need to all participate in the same event. Team packet pick up will be on Friday, November 16th and all teams must be picked up, in their entirety, no later than Wednesday November 21st. Please make sure whoever picks up the team packet knows the name of the team and the number of participants.
Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?
Yes. The person picking up the packet(s) will need the participant’s name. When picking up the packet there will be a list of names with bib numbers displayed. That is all that is needed.
Q: Is there a different cost for the 5K and 10K events?
No, the cost is the same, for either the 5k or 10 k race. Register early for the lowest price.
Q: Can I still run both the 5 & 10K?
The 10K will begin at 8:15 am and the 5k at 8:30 am.
We are trying to lessen the overall time impact of the event and how long Camp Bowie and the surrounding streets need to be closed. We have received a lot of feedback that the 10K start was too late and people were not able to participate because of other obligations that they had in the day. The committee decided to try a staggered start this year with everything running within 15 minutes of each other.
If you are not interested in the timing of both runs, it might be possible to run the 10k and then get back in the 5k. They will start and end at the same location. Due to the size of the 5k crowd, it takes almost 15 minutes to clear the starting line and almost 45 min. to clear the course. So, conceivably, you could get the benefit of running both races. I realize that this might not be the ideal setting but it might be an option for you.
Q: Is the “Gobbler Trot” a separate event or distance?
Yes, the Gobbler Trot is a 1K fun run. The cost of the Gobbler Trot is $21.00 per participant regardless of age. Parents who register for the 5K or the 10K may accompany their child(ren) in the Gobbler Trot for free. This run is not a timed event.
Q: Can I walk?
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.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
Yes, there is a $10.00 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. There is a separate registration form for dogs and a fee of $10.00. Dogs must be registered for the event and will receive a Turkey Trot dog bandanna (while supplies last). *Please see Dog/Stroller Policy at bottom of page.
Q: 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.
Q: 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 fill out that portion of the registration form and pay an additional $3.00 for the chip. If you are a competitive runner who hopes to place in your age division, you must be chip timed.
Q: Can I use my own chip for timing?
No. All chips are assigned to bib numbers for the race. Chips will be picked up during packet pick up or on race day beginning at 6:00 am. Timed registration will end at 8:00 am.
Q: Can I write one check for all participants?
Yes. We need a separate, signed registration form for each participant, Gobbler Trot and dog, but one check can be sent in with all of the forms.
Q: Is there assistance available if I can’t do 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 and restrooms located on the course.
Q: Are baby strollers allowed?
Absolutely, strollers are welcome and MUST line up at the back of the starting corrals. No strollers allowed in the competitive chip timed corral! Don’t forget to register your child so they can have an official race shirt and number. A Great family photo opportunity! Children in Strollers must be registered and will be charged the Gobbler Trot rate of $21 per child. *Please see Dog/Stroller Policy at bottom of page.
Q: Are there concessions available at the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot?
The Turkey Trot will provide water and fruit for our participants at no charge. Other vendors and sponsors often provide additional complimentary refreshments such as coffee and yogurt.
Q: 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.
Q: What happens to the proceeds from the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot?
Proceeds from the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot benefits the YMCA scholarship program. Because of the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot, families as well as individuals of all ages are able to participate in YMCA programs. Sponsors and participants help the YMCA say “yes!” to those in need.
Q: Where do I park when I get to the Turkey Trot?
There is parking available in several vacant 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 car pool if possible.
Q: Does it cost more to be chip timed?
Yes. It costs an additional $3.00.
Q: How do I volunteer?
Click here to email us about volunteer opportunities!
All dogs, strollers and Walkers MUST line up at the back of the starting corrals. Please keep all dogs to a maximum 3 foot leash. Runners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs. All dogs must be registered! No dogs allowed in the competitive chip timed corral. No strollers allowed in the competitive chip timed corral!