Registration Now Open for YMCA Turkey Trot

YMCA Chesapeake

Thanksgiving Day tradition returns with in-person and virtual option in 2021

The YMCA of the Chesapeake is thrilled to announce the return of its annual Turkey Trot that is being hosted virtually and in-person at eight locations across the Eastern Shore.

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

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

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

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.

In-person Turkey Trots are being hosted by eight of the eleven YMCA branches across the Eastern Shore, including the Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA, Easton Family YMCA at Peachblossom, the Richard A. Henson Family YMCA in Salisbury, the Lower Shore Family YMCA in Pocomoke, the Cecil County Family YMCA, the Pauline F. and David Robbins Family YMCA in Cambridge, the Kent County Family YMCA in Chestertown and the David Landsberger Family YMCA in Chincoteague, Virginia.

Early-bird pricing starts at $40/person and increases on November 1st. To register, please visit

About the YMCA of the Chesapeake
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits and the largest Human Service organization on the Eastern Shore; strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Shore, Ys engage 40,000 members and their families, regardless of age, income or background, to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the Shore’s health and wellbeing, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The YMCA of the Chesapeake operates facilities in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Talbot, Queen Anne’s and Wicomico Counties in Maryland and on Chincoteague Island in Virginia. Last year, the YMCA of the Chesapeake provided over $1,750,000 in assistance to over 16,000 community members, turning no one away due to inability to pay. Additionally, the Y spent $200,000 on outreach efforts and programming in the communities it serves.  


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