DALLAS (June 2, 2021) – Registration is now open for the 54th annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, a tradition that takes place annually on Thanksgiving Day morning – this year, on Thursday, November 25. Participants can choose to run or walk the race in-person in Downtown Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, or virtually from their neighborhood or anywhere across the country. There will be two in-person start times this year to allow people to choose the time that works best for them. To sign up for the in-person or virtual option, visit

This year’s theme is “Thankful Together” with proceeds from the 2021 Turkey Trot supporting the YMCA’s Community Health programs that help families dealing with diabetes, nutritional challenges and weight loss struggles.

For participants who sign up early from June 2 – July 4, tickets for the timed race will be offered at a special price of $34 and $29 for untimed runners/walkers and for those that participate virtually. We are also pleased to announce the return of the Junior Trot, a 1K race for kids 6-12 years old, with a registration cost of $25.

All participants will receive the official 2021 Turkey Trot long-sleeved t-shirt and if participating virtually, a link to enter self-timed results from an 8-mile or 5K run to compete with other Trot participants.

“After having a completely virtual Turkey Trot in 2020 due to COVID-19, we’re so excited to bring back a safe in-person option this year so we can once again be together to celebrate this annual Thanksgiving Day tradition,” said Curt Hazelbaker, President and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “We want to allow participants to make the best decision for themselves and their families so those that feel more comfortable participating from their own neighborhood also have that option.”

The Dallas YMCA is also bringing back the popular contest that asks the public to submit t-shirt designs; with the winning design featured on the famous 2021 Turkey Trot shirt. Whether you’re a professional graphic designer, a person who likes to dabble in drawing, or a talented child or teen, the contest will be open to all on July 1. Public voting will take place after designs are reviewed and finalists are selected.

Sponsorships are available. More information will be released in the coming months on details of the race. The YMCA will continue to follow state and local guidelines and will adjust if needed as required by new guidelines or if deemed to be a positive change to promote the health and safety of our participants. Visit for the most up-to-date information.


About the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves thousands of men, women and children each year, regardless of age, income or background. Anchored in 21 North Texas communities, the Dallas Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y ensures all people have equitable access to the essentials needed to become thriving members of the community. Daily, the Y bridges and fills individual and community needs as a catalyst for impactful change. The YMCA makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, with three areas of focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. To learn more or get involved in improving our local communities, have opportunities to make an impact and support your neighbors, please visit us at

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