The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country. Starting from humble beginnings 45 years ago at White Rock Lake, it has grown into the undisputed "Way to Begin Thanksgiving Day" for thousands of locals as well as those who travel to share in our great event. The Trot tradition has now extended through generations of participants who...celebrate the holiday with grandparents, relatives, friends and their youngest who we look to see with their own families in the years ahead. Last year more than 37,000 runners and walkers join the fun Thanksgiving Day, even setting a Guinness World Record of the most people dressed as turkeys!

The original Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot was held at the Old Fairgrounds back in the early 1940s, but the long string of consecutive years began with the eight mile race back in 1968.The unique eight mile distance was created when the one hundred and seven participants were instructed to run along the shores of White Rock Lake "to the big oak tree and back". By 1979, the race had become so popular ...that it was moved to the downtown area to accommodate more runners and to showcase "Big D". The 3 mile Fun Run/Walk was added in 1984 to accommodate the increased participation of individuals and families. In 2009 the distance was changed to 5K and the course was certified.

The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a YMCA tradition that draws people from all over the country each year. Even if you're not a runner or walker, there are fun activities for the whole family to enjoy: clowns, pony rides, bounce houses, live musical entertainment and much more!

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