Dallas Turkey Trot


The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a YMCA tradition that draws people from all over the country each year. Even if you’re not a runner or walker, there are fun activities for the whole family to enjoy: 5K Run/Walk, 8 Mile Run, Mascot Trot, clowns, pony rides, bounce houses, live musical entertainment and much more!

The original Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot was held at the Old Fairgrounds back in the early 1940s, but the long string of consecutive years began with the eight mile race back in 1968.

The unique eight mile distance was created when the one hundred and seven participants were instructed to run along the shores of White Rock Lake “to the big oak tree and back”. By 1979, the race had become so popular that it was moved to the downtown area to accommodate more runners and to showcase “Big D”.

The 3 mile Fun Run/Walk was added in 1984 to accommodate the increased participation of individuals and families. In 2009 the distance was changed to 5K and the course was certified.

From its humble beginnings at White Rock Lake, to the certified course in Downtown Dallas, the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot has always featured an 8-mile race. The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot’s 8-Mile course starts at City Hall, runs past Reunion Park, across the Trinity River along the Houston Street Viaduct to Oak Cliff and back downtown along the Jefferson Street Viaduct. Make sure you check out all the historical sites along the way and the amazing view from the Jefferson Street Viaduct near mile seven.

Watch my video of the 2009 annual trot for inspiration!

When : November 28, 2019 at 9:00am
Where : Dallas City Hall
Website : Information and Registration
Price : Varies

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