As predicted, the annual YMCA Turkey Trot reached its limit of 13,200 participants earlier this week and organizers have halted registrations.
The Turkey Trot had gotten so popular (and congested) that last year race organizers decided to limit participation to 12,500 registrants. However, that number was increased this year to 13,200 when race officials announced that the Family- Friendly Post Race area would be moved from the Buffalo Convention Center to the adjacent Statler City. However, even with the expanded capacity the race reached that limit well before Thanksgiving.
The finish line and postrace party and awards ceremony will remain at the Convention Center located at 153 Franklin Street.
The Family- Friendly Post Race Party was created by race organizers as an area where only non-alcoholic beverages and refreshments will be available. It had been located on the first floor of the Convention Center, this year but Statler owner Mark Croce has allowed it to be held in the former Statler Hilton Hotel. The traditional Post Race Celebration and Awards Ceremony will remain on the upper level of the Convention Center.
The race itself will be held on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24, beginning at 9:00 am. The Turkey Trot begins at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Shoreham and basically follows Delaware into downtown, ending at the Buffalo Convention Center. The distance is 8k, or 4.97 miles.
If you are registered, remember that packet pick-up will take place Monday, November 21 through Wednesday the 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on race day from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Delaware Family YMCA, 2564 Delaware Avenue, just north of Hertel Avenue.
Also, in collaboration with WGRZ-TV, Channel Two and the Food Bank of WNY, the YMCA is encouraging race participants to donate two cans of non-perishable food items when you at packet pick-up. Bins will be placed in the Delaware Family YMCA gym during the packet pick-up times and also at the Shuttle Bus drop-off in the Target Plaza. In addition, a Food Bank truck will be parked closed to the starting line in the parking lot of Jim’s Steakout.
If you aren’t registered, you can still stop out anywhere along the race route to cheer the runners on!