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Turkey Trot runners pose in festive costumes

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Cooper YMCA is excited to host the 11th Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, November 28.

Held at Lincoln Memorial Park (6800 S. 14th Street), this family-friendly race features both a 1-mile fun run/walk and a 5K race. Advanced registration is available online at through Sunday, November 17 at midnight (registrations received after this time are not guaranteed an official event t-shirt).

Awards will be given in the 5K race to the first male and first female to cross the finish line. Each registered child who participates in any of the races will receive a finisher’s ribbon.

Katie Mlady, Turkey Trot Coordinator and Wellness Director for the Cooper YMCA, shared, “This is an excellent opportunity for the entire community to get involved in a local family tradition. This day is always filled with such family fun and it’s all while giving back to help families across the Lincoln community gain access to wellness services.”

The registration fee for the race is $15/person for the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, $28/person for the 5K or $65 for a family (up to five members) to participate in the Fun Run/Walk.

This year, those not able to participate in the race will still have the opportunity to show their support by purchasing an event t-shirt. This can be done through the event’s registration site.

Proceeds from the Turkey Trot will go towards the YMCA Annual Campaign-Strong Kids which offers reduced rates for YMCA memberships, programs, sports and camp fees to youth and families who otherwise would not be able to participate due to financial limitations.

To learn more about this year’s Turkey Trot or to register, visit