YMCA hosts 18th Annual Turkey Trot

Published: Nov. 26, 2020 at 9:31 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The YMCA in Kearney hosted their 18th Annual Turkey Trot on Thursday.

It was modified to follow Two Rivers Health Department’s safety requirements. They normally have about 1,000 people participate, but they capped the race to 250 people.

“We did offer a discounted price this year, because we didn’t have medals, there’s no timing this year,” Race Director Laura Aden said. “We call it our no frills turkey trot. This year we are running a run, we’re running for fun, and we’re running towards 2001 was sort of our motto.”

The YMCA made the course shorter this year. They did a two mile course where participants could run as many times as they wanted in an hour.

“Normally we’d have a five mile and a two mile run, but given the year of COVID-19, we decided to make it a condensed course so we didn’t have to have as many volunteers, and it was just easier for us to monitor,” Aden said.

They also didn’t do awards or make it competitive. The goal was to bring families together and raise money for their strong families campaign. It provides over 100,000 in scholarships to help families afford a YMCA membership.

“I think people are generally very happy,” Aden said. “There’s been a little bit of confusion with which way they should run, but it’s a new course and that’s to be expected. We really only have four volunteers out here today, so I think it’s gone pretty well.”

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