Another Thanksgiving celebrated in Pittsburgh means the return of the YMCA Turkey Trot presented by UPMC Health Plan on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd.

Now in its 33rd year, this local-favorite event gives participants four opportunities to get active and raise money for a good cause before gobbling down their Thanksgiving dinner. Keep reading for more information on how you and your family can get involved!

Multiple Race Options

The Turkey Trot includes multiple distances for participants to choose from: the 1 Mile Family Fun Run presented by Busy Beaver at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K presented by UPMC Health Plan at 8:30 a.m. Both are completely free for kids 4 and under and are 50% off for ages 5 – 18.

For adult and more advanced runners, the 5 Mile presented by FedEx will commence at 9:15 a.m. Take it one step further and run both the 5k and the 5 mile in the “Double Gobble” presented by Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP.

During registration all participants will receive a race shirt to proudly wear during the race and will have the option to purchase a coveted finisher’s medal. Those who take on the Double Gobble challenge will also receive an exclusive limited-edition apron!

Annual Food Drive

In addition to participating in a race, attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to the race. Click here, to view the full list of needed items. 

Since 2020, the YMCA has distributed over 80 tons of food to local neighborhoods, and with participants’ help, that number will continue to grow.

Those who can’t give donations or run during the event can also give back with their time, by registering to volunteer at the Turkey Trot and other YMCA events. Learn more about volunteering here!

Running for a Cause

All proceeds from registration for the Turkey Trot support the YMCA’s food pantry programs and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, who provides over 12.5 million pounds of healthy produce and 42 million meals annually to those in need. In addition, The Food Bank serves more than 35,000 people in local communities every month!

For more details on registration, course maps, training plans, and more, visit the event’s website.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Rebecca Hansborough

Rebecca is a Pittsburgh transplant of five years with experience in content writing, social media management, public relations, web editing, and much more. Her passion for food inspired her to create an Instagram based food blog that shares a combination of local cuisine and homemade meals. When she’s not focusing on food, she also enjoys the Pittsburgh arts and entertainment scene, from Broadway shows, music festivals, to gallery crawls. She is excited to share her love for all things Pittsburgh with future readers!

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