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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!

Westminster

We look forward to seeing you Thanksgiving morning in Westminster! Thank you for joining us in support of health and children in Central Maryland.



What: 5K Run/Walk

When: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 8:30am

Parking: Carroll Community College


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 Westminster 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 in Carroll County. 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 FREE! Children ages seven through 17 register for half price!

What about the One Mile Fun Run? To register for the children's one-mile fun run please call The Hill Y in Westminster at 410-848-3660.

Are dogs allowed? Yes! Dogs who are registered for the event will receive a 2016 Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K 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 can 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 helps 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? Start near South entrance for the campus of Carroll Community College and finish at The Hill Y in Westminster.

What is the route of the 5K? 
  • Start near South entrance for the campus of Carroll Community College and run along the drive to the North exit onto Rt 32.
  • Turn RIGHT onto 32 and then turn RIGHT onto 2nd access road at Westminster High School.
  • Follow the road and turn RIGHT on access road behind High School.
  • Follow road as it winds around Career Tech Center.
  • Turn LEFT at 1st exit off access road and then immediate LEFT again back onto RT 32.
  • Turn LEFT onto Kate Wagner Rd. and follow around loop to RIGHT at entrance to Gate Way School.
  • Follow Kate Wagner Rd and Turn LEFT onto RT 32. · Follow RT 32 and then turn LEFT into the Hill Y in Westminster and stay immediate LEFT to the FINISH.
Where do I park? Carroll Community College

Will I be able to go into the Y? The The Hill Y in Westminster will be open race morning for restroom use and to meet your friends. We will have additional port a pots located by the parking area for convenience. The Y parking lot will not be open for parking.

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.

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 Thanksgiving morning, please plan to arrive at least one hour before the 5K begins.

Is the run chip timed? Yes!

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 the morning of the 5k, 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 Westminster? Please sign up here.

Race Bib Numbers must be placed on front of shirt for finish line postings.

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


If you have any other questions, please call the The Hill Y in Westminster or leave a comment and we will get you an answer. Keep checking back for updated information.

23 comments:

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  2. Is there a "short" course, or some way to only do part of it? I'm concerned my kids won't be able to do the whole 5k (at least now without wanting me to carry them!). Thanks!

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    1. Yes! Please contact the Hill Family Center Y for more information about their Children's Fun Run: 410-848-3660. We look forward to seeing you Thanksgiving morning!

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  3. please don't laugh at my question but i was wondering if i need to register my 4-legged family member as well. (ie. dog) thanks.

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    1. We are excited to have you and your four-legged family member join in Thanksgiving morning! No registration required, we just ask that you start at the back of the pack and keep them on a leash at all times. Thank you!

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  4. In the event of snow, will the run be postponed to another day?

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    1. Hi Philip - We are closely monitoring the weather and will share updates as they become available. Please stick with us here and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YTurkeyTrot Thank you!

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    2. Thanks,
      but if it snows will it be postponed?

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  5. How do you register your family as a team? If I do, do we have to stay together?

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    1. Hi Jen - So sorry for the delay! You register as a team by clicking "Create a Team" on the registration page. You do not have to stay together - you are welcome to go at your own pace. See you there!

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  6. What time does the kids fun run start? Where is kids fun run course? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Eaves' Family - please call the Hill Family Center Y at (410) 848-3660. They will be happy to share all the details and register you. Since we do not offer the kids fun run at other locations, we do not offer online registration. Gobble gobble!

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  7. Too bad that you limit your awards to the top person in each age group rather than the top three. I won't be running because of the sparsity of awards.

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    1. We are sorry to hear that you will not be joining us. We hope you change your mind and come out to run for a good cause and start your Thanksgiving with a fun and active activity.

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  9. About how long does it take to walk the course??

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    1. Hi Lisa! It all depends. It can take people 30 minutes or as long as an hour. We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

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  10. For some reason, the registration isn't accepting my credit card number. It tells me to check to make sure my number has no spaces or dashes (it doesn't). I've tried two different browsers (Google Chrome and Internet Explorer) and two different credit cards (Discover and MasterCard) and I get the same error every time. Is there a known problem with the website? Is there another way to register other than online? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Amy - We are sorry you are running into an issue with registration. We have not heard any other cases of this, but please call our registration support team (Classy) at (619) 961-1892 and they will be happy to help. Or you are welcome to register in-center at the Hill Family Center Y. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you Thanksgiving morning!

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  11. Can we register in person on Tuesday or Wednesday or do you only accept registration in person the morning of the race?

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    1. You can register at the following times in person the next couple of days:
      Tuesday, November 24 - Hill Family Center Y, 3 - 9 pm
      Wednesday, November 25 - Hill Family Center Y, 10 am - 7 pm
      Thursday, November 26 - Hill Family Center Y, 7 am

      Thank you!

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  12. I chose the wrong size of t-shirt, is there a way to change that on my registration?

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    1. We may be able to help, since we do not deliver shirts to the locations until next week! Please email TurkeyTrot@ymaryland.org with your name and preferred shirt size. Thank you!

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