Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 8:55 am
QUINCY — More than 2,600 people participated in last year’s YMCA Turkey Run. This year race organizers hope to beat that record as people look to get in some exercise before their Thanksgiving feasts.
Organizers of the 38th annual Turkey Run are looking to have 3,000 people participate in the running, walking or even swimming.
“It’s quite large,” said YMCA Marketing Director Michelle Terwelp. “I love just sitting at the start line and watching everyone go down Maine Street. It’s great.”
The race kicks off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving, with packet pickup Nov. 22.
“It’s become a family tradition for many to get their Thanksgiving holiday started,” Terwelp said. “People come from out of town. I think last year we had 16 states participate.”
She reiterated that participants do not have to be regular runners to participate. The Turkey Run offers a 5K or 10K run, a 5K walk, a 1-mile fun run and swimming, which allows participants to chose how long they would like to swim.
“We do have something for everyone,” she said. “You can bring your dog. Strollers are allowed as well.
Money raised from the Turkey Run supports youth development, which includes financial assistance for sports, childcare, swim lessons and the swim team.
Registration is open for the race, but early deadline is Thursday. Those signing up will be guaranteed a performance long-sleeved T-shirt.
Cost is $30 for an individual and $55 for a family of up to 4 living in the same household, with any additional people costing $10 each. Prices increase $10 on Friday, and the final deadline to register is Nov. 21.
To register or for further information, visit quincyymca.net.