The 31st Annual YMCA Turkey Trot Presented by UPMC Health Plan Opens Registration for its Return to a Live Start Line in 2021

Registration is now open for the annual holiday tradition, scheduled for Thurs., Nov. 25

PITTSBURGH (August 5, 2021) – Registration is open for the 31st Annual YMCA Turkey Trot presented by UPMC Health Plan, set for Thursday, November 25. This year’s event offers 5-mile, 5K, and 1-mile fun run distances that bring families back to a live start line on Thanksgiving Day. A virtual event option will also be offered, allowing participants to help fight food insecurity from anywhere in the world.

All runners will receive a race day shirt and have the opportunity to purchase a medal with registration. Double Gobble participants will receive an additional gift to celebrate their dual 5-mile and 5K efforts.

"Local families and friends are anxious to resume this wonderful Thanksgiving tradition,” said Kevin Bolding, President and CEO of YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. “For so many, the Turkey Trot is an important event where we can come together, give thanks and support our friends and neighbors in need."

Proceeds from the event support the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s nonprofit mission to promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in the city it has called home for more than 167 years. The YMCA has worked to fight food insecurity in the Greater Pittsburgh region for nearly two centuries. Partnering with the YMCA food pantry programs and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank again this year, additional donations pledged during the registration process will provide Thanksgiving dinner to local families in the Pittsburgh region as the fight for food security continues. 

“The Turkey Trot is a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition for many families in the region, so we are thrilled to get them back safely to a live start line to support food security in our local communities,” said Troy Schooley, CEO of P3R.

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About P3R

P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to move with us. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, P3R runs a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. Anyone and everyone is invited to #RUNwithP3R! Read more at:


About the Y

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh is a 501c(3) charitable organization committed to closing the achievement gap, eliminating health disparities and providing aid to financially struggling families throughout the greater Pittsburgh region. Our Y serves more than 60,000 individuals each year and provides nearly $750,000  dollars in membership and program subsidies to individuals and families. Every day, the Y works side by side with people of all faiths and beliefs to ensure that everyone regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.


About UPMC Health Plan

Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of its members and the greater community, UPMC Health Plan is among the fastest growing health plans in the nation. Under ownership of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) integrated health care delivery system, UPMC Health Plan remains committed to providing its members better health, more financial security, and well-deserved peace of mind. Serving more than 3.9 million members, UPMC Health Plan belongs to a local provider network that includes 140 hospitals and more than 29,000 physicians across four states.