Turkey Trot

Ryan Zunner

Runners converged on Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue on a cold Thanksgiving morning for the 124thannual YMCA Turkey Trot.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Thousands of runners, joggers, and walkers crowded the streets of Buffalo Thursday for the annual YMCA Turkey Trot. As the oldest organized footrace in the country, the event is a tradition for Western New York and, especially, friends and families.


WBFO photo by Brian Meyer

Shark Girl sprinted down Delaware Avenue like a fish in water.

Brian Meyer

They sported hand-crocheted bison hats and wore blazoning yellow T-shirts that succinctly explained their reason for attending the Turkey Trot.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara

In spite of Thursday’s forecast for cold temperatures, wind and rain, 14,000 runners and walkers are expected to hit the streets of Buffalo for the annual YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot.

Brian Meyer/WBFO

Clutching a large forest-green bow and carrying a quiver filled with arrows on his shoulder, the colorful character inspected the huge crowd that gathered on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo.

YMCA Facebook Page

The annual YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot will be dedicated to Race Director Tom Donnelly, who passed away this weekend.


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The deadly bombings at this year's Boston Marathon likely changed forever the way organizers plan for large running events. With security concerns addressed, the 118th Buffalo Turkey Trot provided another memorable experience to thousands. 

Kathy Romanowksi/YMCA

For most, the 117th annual Turkey Trot was not a race. While some challenged at the front of the pack along the eight kilometer course, the majority moved down Delaware Avenue at a much slower pace.

YMCA

Registration closed Tuesday for the the 116th annual Turkey Trot, the annual Thanksgiving morning foot race, from the YMCA on Delaware Avenue to the Buffalo Convention Center. 

YMCA officials say 13,200 people have signed up for the race.  Proceeds benefit programs at the YMCA.  It is the longest continuously held road race in the country. 

Budd Bailey writes a running column for the Buffalo News.  Bailey tells WBFO's Mark Scott the number of runners has increased significantly in recent years.