Registration now open for YMCA Turkey Trot

The YMCA of the Chesapeake’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot returns next month with a virtual and eight in-person 5Ks across the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia.

EASTON — The YMCA of the Chesapeake has announced the return of its annual Turkey Trot that is being hosted virtually and in-person at eight locations across the Eastern Shore, including Kent County this year.

In-person Turkey Trots are being hosted by eight of the 11 YMCA branches across the Eastern Shore, including the Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA, Easton Family YMCA and the Kent County Family YMCA in Chestertown.

Proceeds from the Turkey Trot are dedicated to the YMCA’s Annual Fund which supports a multitude of programs for all ages across the Shore, including local food drives, youth sports, an exercise program for seniors, a program for adult cancer survivors, a program for those battling Parkinson’s Disease, child care, swim lessons, mentoring programs, before and after school care and the YMCA’s Open Doors Program that ensures that no member of the community is turned away from a Y facility or program due to inability to pay.

“We couldn’t be happier to bring back this Thanksgiving tradition,” said Robbie Gill, YMCA of the Chesapeake CEO.

Those participating virtually can walk a 5K (3.1 mile) route of their choosing whenever it is convenient between Tuesday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 27.

Each in-person Turkey Trot will be a 5K (3.1 mile) course held on Thanksgiving Day. Participants can run or walk as a team, with family (including their dogs) or on their own. All ages and abilities are welcomed and encouraged.

Early-bird pricing starts at $40 per person and increases on Nov. 1.

“We are so thankful that our friends and neighbors across the Eastern Shore choose to get active with friends and family at the Turkey Trot while supporting their local Y. We are also excited that our new virtual option provides a way for everyone to participate, especially those not comfortable in a crowd and our members who are out-of-town for the holiday,” Gill said.

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