Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot changes location

The annual Moritz YMCA Fort Worth Turkey Trot announced its move to a new location and the addition of a prominent presenting sponsor, Texas Health. The Turkey Trot’s relocation to The Shops at Clearfork hopes to provide an elevated race day experience, a fresh course, and a livelier atmosphere.

Year after year, the Moritz YMCA Fort Worth Turkey Trot has witnessed incredible growth, attracting participants from all over the city and beyond. The decision to move to The Shops at Clearfork was driven by the YMCA’s commitment to accommodate the increasing number of participants while providing a vibrant and enjoyable experience for all. Families and runners can now celebrate Thanksgiving morning surrounded by this new location’s unique shops and beautiful scenery.

“We are thrilled to announce the new location for the Fort Worth Turkey Trot at The Shops at Clearfork,” said Eddie Dobbins, race organizer and association director of development. “This move allows us to offer an enhanced race day experience with a brand-new course that showcases the beauty of the area. We’re excited to provide a lively atmosphere that families and runners will love and make this event an unforgettable Fort Worth tradition for years to come.”

The YMCA is also proud to welcome Texas Health as the presenting sponsor for this year’s event. Texas Health shares a commitment to community wellness and will contribute health education and active lifestyle resources to YMCA members throughout the year.

“This new relationship will help further support community programs and families who are in the most need of services,” said Barclay Berdan, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health. “We also look forward to collaborating with the YMCA to help kick off a healthy start to Thanksgiving Day for thousands of North Texans.”

“We are excited to partner with Texas Health, an organization that shares our unwavering commitment to the well-being of North Texans, as our new presenting sponsor,” said Mike Brown, president, and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. “It has been a focus through our Vision 2025 goals to build partnerships with like-minded organizations who are committed to promoting health and wellness in our community. We look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving together and encouraging everyone to prioritize their well-being.”

The Turkey Trot has become a staple in the Fort Worth community, offering a fun-filled and festive way to kick off Thanksgiving Day. But more than a fun time, this event benefits the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. The funds raised through the Turkey Trot provide equitable access to programs that support the overall well-being of individuals and communities. Signature programs include Safety Around Water, teaching life-saving water skills for free in local pools throughout North Texas; Camp Carter scholarships; Youth and Government, teaching teens the mechanics of government and leadership skills; and the Reach & Rise teen mentoring program. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or new to the trotting tradition, there’s still time to join the excitement and make the Turkey Trot your new family tradition.

“As the holiday season approaches, it’s never too late to start trotting on Thanksgiving,” Dobbins continued. “We invite all Fort Worth residents and visitors to join us for a day of family, fun, and fitness. Lace-up your running shoes, gather your loved ones, and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

Early registration for the Fort Worth Turkey Trot opens on June 1, 2023, and participants who sign up early will enjoy discounted rates. Registration is available for individuals and teams, so gather your friends, family, or co-workers for a team-building experience like no other. publishes every week.
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