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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Cooper YMCA is excited to announce that the Turkey Trot will be returning for its 12th-straight year on Thanksgiving Day, November 26.


Held at Lincoln Memorial Park (6800 S. 14th Street), this year’s family-friendly race will feature the option to participate either in person or virtually (Trot at Home) in either a 1-mile fun run or a 5K race. Advanced registration is available online at through Sunday, November 22 at midnight (registrations received after this time will receive a beanie instead of the official event t-shirt).


Awards will be given in the 5K race to the male and female with the fastest time. Overall 5K male and female age group winners will receive awards for the in-person event.


Karla Hudson, Turkey Trot Coordinator and Wellness Director for the Cooper YMCA, shared, “We are thrilled to once again be a part of what has become a Thanksgiving family tradition through the years. With all the trials we’ve experiences in 2020, we are happy to offer this event as a way for people to come together for a fun event 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 either in person or virtually.


Due to COVID-19 protocols, additional safety measures will be in effect during this year’s race. For all event details, go to


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