YMCA Buffalo Niagara

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The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop the YMCA from holding its 125th consecutive Turkey Trot race. A select-few lucky runners got the opportunity to take part in-person for the milestone race.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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. 

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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.