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Turkey Trot Record Set

36,820 Attend the 44th Annual Event and a new World Record is set. Not only was this year another attendance record, but you didn’t have to go to Spain this year to witness some intense creatures charging down the street. The 44th Annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, took the Dallas Thanksgiving tradition to the world by setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys.

This year, the Dallas YMCA and Capital One Bank came together again in sponsoring one of the largest multi-event races in the country.  Donning turkey outfits for the annual Trot has become a tradition that many racers have incorporated into the day of fun.  In 2011, dressing up as turkeys became a way for families to work together and gobble up a spot in the record book.  The on-site official Guinness World Record judge declared this morning the new record was set as 661 people dressed as turkeys were assembled at the race. 

The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country.  Starting from humble beginnings 43 years ago, it has grown into the undisputed "Way to Begin Thanksgiving Day" for thousands of locals as well as participants from across the globe.  This year more than 38,000 runners and walkers participated in either the 5k or 8 mile run.  Thousands of children and families in the Dallas community directly benefit from the support of this race.

Turkey Trot Record
Record setting turkeys!

Turkey Trot Finish
8 Mile First place male, Matthew Carey of Dallas crossed the finish line.

Turkey Trot Start
Left to Right: On hand to start the race was Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings, Texas Ranger Ian Kensler, and Capital One Bank Dallas Markert President, Jorge Calderon.