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Welcome to the Official Site of The Y in Central Maryland Turkey Trot Charity 5K! We are excited to have you join us for this Thanksgiving morning tradition.

Adults, children and families from across the region come together to not only run (or walk, jog, stroll), but to raise funds so that children living in poverty in Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Thank you for being part of something good on Thanksgiving Morning!

Perry Hall

We look forward to seeing you Thanksgiving morning in Perry Hall! Thank you for joining us in this healthy family tradition.

What: 5K Run/Walk 

When: Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 8:30am

Parking: Parking is available at the Y in Perry Hall and the adjacent shopping center.

Packet Pick-up Times:
We strongly encourage you to pick up your packets in advance, as lines on Thanksgiving morning can be long. You may pick up packets for friends and family, just have their first and last names.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Below are the answers to some other frequently asked questions for the Perry Hall Y Turkey Trot Charity 5k. If you do not see your questions answered below, please leave a comment for us and we will be sure to post an answer.

What am I supporting when I run? A portion of your registration fee and all donations benefit The Y in Central Maryland, a charitable organization, which supports children in need across the region. Please read more about our cause HERE.
 Are donations tax deductible? The Y in Central Maryland is designated as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Your contribution is tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We'll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation. For a copy of our current financial statement, please contact us at 303 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21204 or 443-322-9622.

Can I walk (instead of run)? Of course. You are welcome to run, walk, trot, skip, just keep moving forward!

Do I have to be a Y member? No, all are welcome!

Are children welcome? Absolutely! Children six and under register for just $5! Youth ages seven through 17 register for $20!

Are dogs allowed? Yes! Dogs who are registered for the event will receive a 2017 Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K bandanna. Dogs do not have to register, but only those who register will receive a bandanna. We also ask that dogs who attend: are well socialized, well behaved, on leash at all times, and line up at the back of the pack.

Are strollers allowed? Yes! Strollers are permitted on the course; however, we ask that for safety reasons you line up at the back of the pack.

Is there a family/group discount? Since this is a fundraiser for those in need, we do not discount registrations, BUT you may register as a team!

What if I can’t make it after I have registered and paid for the race? Your registration fee will not be refunded if you do not attend. Your fee will go to helping families in Central Maryland that are in critical need of assistance.

Do I need to come to packet pick up or can I get my shirt and number the morning of the event? If it is necessary for you to pick up your packet the morning of the 5K, you can do so. We strongly encourage you to pick up your packet in advance to avoid standing in line the morning of the event.

Can I send someone to pick up my packet for me? Yes, that person will have to initial that they picked up your packet in case there is any question.

What if it rains? Y Turkey Trots are held rain or shine!

Where is the start/finish line? The run starts and finishes at the Y in Perry Hall.
What time should I arrive? If you are already registered, please plan to arrive at the event at least 30 minutes before start time (by 8:00 am). If you are registering on event day, please plan to arrive at least one hour before the 5K begins.
Where do I park? Parking is available at the Y in Perry Hall and in the adjacent shopping center.

Are there prizes? Yes – Medals will be awarded to the top three runners in each age group! Fundraising prizes will be awarded in the weeks following the event.

Is the run timed?  Yes! All runners, except children and dogs, will be timed.

Where can I find the race results? Race results can be found on the Charm City Run website.

How do I get my t-shirt? You can pick up your t-shirt when you pick up your packet either at the packet pick up times or the day of the event. Remember that if you register race morning, you are not guaranteed a t-shirt.

What t-shirt size should I get? T-shirts are Adult Unisex and Tek fabric. The sizing is as follows: Small - 28 length, 18 width; Medium - 29 length, 20 width; Large - 30 length, 22 width, XLarge - 31 length, 24 width, 2XL - 32 length, 26 wide.

How can I volunteer the day of the event in Perry Hall? Please email laurenreyes@ymaryland.org. Thank you!
Race Bib Numbers must be placed on front of shirt for finish line postings.

Smoking is NOT permitted on Y in Central Maryland property or the 5K course.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Y in Perry Hall or leave a comment and we will get you an answer. Keep checking back for updated information!


  1. It will be more than 5K if you start in YMCA to East Joppa and back. 5K if you start in Perry Hall High school to East Joppa and back to High school.

    1. Thank you! Charm City Run manages all of our courses, so we will be sure to pass along your feedback.

  2. Please inform the neighborhood of the road closures. Kind of a busy day and a ebenezer is the main way in and out of a lot of streets

    1. Ebenezer will only be partially closed - one lane will be open. We hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!