Q: What happens to the funds raised from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot?
A: 100% of proceeds from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot benefit the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. This year, the YMCA provided licensed emergency child care for the children of first responders, medical professionals, and other essential workers when the schools, gyms, and other businesses were closed. The YMCAs became food distribution sites, held blood drives, and provided support for seniors and other individuals in under-resourced areas of Dallas. The Trot has always been a fundraiser for the educational and community programs provided by the YMCA. Your participation in The Trot and donations help ensure the YMCA will always be here when we are needed the most. To learn more about the community impact made by the YMCA during the COVID-19 pandemic, WATCH THIS VIDEO
Q: I registered for the in-person event, but I won't be able to go now.
A: Simply transfer your registration to the virtual option. If your original registration price was lower than the current virtual option price, you will only pay the price difference. If the virtual option price is lower than your original registration price, no credit or refund will be given. To ensure your shirt and participant swag are mailed to you, we highly recommend that you transfer to the virtual category instead of being a "no show" for the in-person event.
Q: Is skating or cycling allowed?
A: As they travel at a higher speed, for the safety of others, roller blades, Heelies, roller skates, scooters, skate boards, hover boards, and bicycles are not allowed in the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot.
Q: Is there a place I can leave my jacket, bag, etc.?
A: Due to the size of the event, a gear check is NOT AVAILABLE to general event attendees. Trot participants are encouraged to keep their gear with them at all times.
Q: Is there assistance available if I can’t do the whole course?
A: 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?
A: Absolutely, we welcome parents with children in strollers to participate in the Trot. Don’t forget to register your child in the Tot Trot so they can have an official race shirt and number – Great family photo opportunity! Strollers will not be permitted in the Timed Runner Corral. For the safety of your child and other participants we ask that you follow the Dog/Stroller Policy* below.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Yes, well-socialized, non-aggressive dogs are welcome at the Trot. Dogs may come as spectators with their owners or they may participate in the Trot by completing a Dog Registration and receiving a Turkey Trot dog bandanna. Dogs will not be permitted in the Timed Runner Corral. Dog owners are solely responsible for their pets’ actions and must agree to follow the Dog/Stroller Policy* for the safety of all participants. *Please see Dog/Stroller Policy below.
Participants with dogs and/or strollers are not permitted in the Timed Runner Corral.
Participants with dogs and/or strollers should line up at the back of the run/walk pack. Let the runners get up ahead so all may enjoy the course safely.
We recommend participants with dogs and/or strollers walk the course, however if you choose to run the course with your dog/stroller, please use extreme caution for the safety of your child,your dog and others running around you. We want all pups, kids and participants to complete the course safely.
Only dogs who are well-socialized with other dogs and people should be brought to the Trot. For the safety of all, please use your good judgment knowing your dog’s personality and behaviors.
Dog owner/handlers must be 18 years of age or older.
Dog owners/handlers may only be responsible for one dog at a time during the Trot.
All dogs must be on an appropriate leash at all times. Fixed length/static leashes not longer than 3 feet should be used to prevent a hazard to other participants.
Dog owner/handler is expected to be a responsible dog owner, provide appropriate water and pick up after their pet at all times.