Thousands of others strapped their sneakers for a big run while the North Texans woke up early to start turkey.
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On Thursday morning, the family gathered for the first time in two years to preserve the 40-year Thanksgiving tradition. With COVID-19 last year, this event has been completely virtualized.
Former Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price attended for 39 of these years. The year she took off was due to the birth of her child.
“For me, it’s really a tradition,” she said. “It’s always fun to meet my family and friends here. I’ve seen friends have kids and now they have kids. Every year there are people with different stroller sets and dogs.”
The price was one of the 10 all-new Hall of Fame, including individuals or organizations that have supported the Fort Worth YMCA Trot for many years.
The first turkey trot in history began in 1981 with only 200 runners. Despite the cold and windy weather, the pandemic was so big that I’m back this year.
Approximately 7,500 people from babies in strollers to age 92 have registered to participate in 10K, 5K and 1K runs. At least 37 provinces, Canada, Uganda, and 467 postal codes were displayed. More people were virtually able to participate.
“It’s very exciting to come here and walk with 2,000 close friends,” said Leslie Dell, who participates in Turkey Trot every year for the past 15 years.
Each year, Turkey Trot acts as Fort Worth YMCA’s largest fundraiser, helping organizations continue important programs to help local families in need.
Mike Brown, CEO of Fort Worth YMCA, said: “This will generate over $ 150,000 in scholarships to help fund YMCA. This is a big event for us.”
YMCA efforts include benefits such as basic childcare, drowning prevention and water safety, youth sports, health programs, summer camps, senior engagement and food insecurity.
“I go downtown Y a couple of days a week and watch young mothers bring their babies for childcare,” Price said. “Without Y, there was no other place to go, because it’s a program that is partially undertaken by the people who come to the Turkey Trot.”
Tarrant County leads the state in the amount of drowning, which really covers all ages and races. The YMCA has been working with the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition to tackle these challenges.
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