Dallas & Fort Worth Runners Lace Up to Outpace Hunger on Thanksgiving

Dallas & Fort Worth Runners Lace Up to Outpace Hunger on ThanksgivingSource: YMCA of Fort Worth
Isabella Rodriguez
Published on November 24, 2023

Turkey feathers weren't the only things getting their flutter on this Thanksgiving morning, as thousands of hearty souls in Dallas and Fort Worth laced up their sneakers to burn some calories before the big feast. In what can only be described as a people-powered parade, the foot traffic was not just about hitting the pavement but hitting back at hunger and the sedentary lure of the holiday season.

Participants in the 49th annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot and the 42nd annual Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot chalked up miles with smiles. The tradition embraced as a pre-feast ritual, went the distance with several different routes for the fleet-footed and the slow strollers alike as per FOX 4 News.

While over in Fort Worth, the sun was barely up at the Shops at Clear Fork as runners geared up to kick off the 42nd trotting extravaganza. With the clatter of running shoes and the chattering of teeth, the altruistic athletes were ready to hit the road. "We’re thrilled that all of our proceeds go back into the community. We offer financial assistance for membership and programs for everyone who wants to participate in YMCA programs throughout the year," said Jacqueline Kotar of the Fort Worth YMCA as per WBAP.

And as families tied their laces, the anticipation of the various distances on offer matched – turns out endurance isn't just for pie-eating contests. These range from a breezy 1K—perfect for the kiddos or pet-strolling parents—to the more serious 5K, 8K, and the pièce de résistance, the 13K. Joggers and sprinters set apace, coming together in not only Dallas and Fort Worth but across a plethora of North Texas locales, each with their own spin on the Turkey Trot tradition. Denton sprinted out the gate at 7 a.m., while Celina, Double Oak, and the runners of the Castle Hills in Lewisville kicked off their run-festivities at the civilized time of 8 a.m. as detailed by WBAP.