The Dallas YMCA Provides Runners with a Better and Safer Race Experience at this Year’s Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

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Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with the Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot! The Dallas YMCA brings family and friends together to start the day in a healthy way. Come join runners, joggers, even walkers for great fun! The Capitol One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the United States. Starting from humble beginnings 45 years ago at White Rock Lake, the Trot has attracted thousands of locals as well as those who fly in from all over the world to experience the great destination event.

With the Dallas Marathon taking place just 10 days after, the Trot 8 mile course is popular among local running enthusiasts that are training for an endurance run. The 46th annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot expects to draw a record-breaking 40,000 participants to City Hall this year.

Whether you are a serious runner, just beginning your running journey or a family wanting to come be a part of a Dallas Thanksgiving Tradition, the Trot is one of the most fun and popular high-quality events to take place in Dallas each year.

The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is truly Dallas way to begin Thanksgiving day. It is so exciting to see the generations of families choosing to start their holiday in such a healthy way, states Gordon Echtenkamp, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

NEW Turkey Trot Race Course You spoke, and we listened to your feedback! Due to construction around the metropolitan Dallas area, the course has been re-routed to be a more enjoyable run for participants. The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot offers two different races, with something for every age group and ability, starting at Dallas historic city hall downtown. On event morning, participants begin the race with an enjoyable run or walk through scenic downtown, Deep Ellum, through the Design District, and re-entering downtown with sights of the beautiful Dallas skyline.

Download a PDF of the 8-mile timed/8-mile untimed/5K start course maps here.

NEW Race Start Procedure The 2013 Turkey Trot introduces a new start line and timed runner corral. The start line has been pushed east of St. Paul. Moving the start line east moves the timed runner corral east of Ervay. There will be 3 access points (West, North, and South) to the corral. To ensure a safer and less crowded race, strollers and dogs will no longer be permitted in timed corral. All timed runners must be in the corral no later than 8:40 am.

NEW Race Safety This year, the Turkey Trot is being made safer with RedFlag, a mass notification system used for emergency alerts and other important information. Race participants and spectators can subscribe to be alerted via text or email about breaking safety information and other relevant updates or changes before and during the Trot. RedFlag is a service of PocketStop, LLC. PocketStop is providing the service, in partnership with the Dallas YMCA, to give event participants real-time access to important information and alerts affecting the Trot.

To subscribe to RedFlag, participants can text Trot to 444222 from their mobile phones. Text and email alerts will only be sent when deemed credible; such as important pre-race reminders, last-minute changes, severe weather warnings, or life-threatening incidents.

Dont Forget About Packet Pick-Up Avoid the race day rush and pick up your packet at Lukes Locker from November 20-27 beginning at 10:00AM. A map of the start changes will be located on the back of each race bib. Stay connected with us for race updates by Liking the Turkey Trot on Facebook. Its the fastest and easiest way to stay in the loop regarding the event, updates, results, photos, special offers, etc.

Get Social! Be sure to tag your pictures on Instagram and Twitter with #DallasTrot13, and you may be featured on our feed! Follow us at @Turkey_Trot on Twitter.

For more information on the Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot , call 214-954-0500 or to register or volunteer log on to

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