Record turnout for YMCA of the Chesapeake Turkey Trots

EASTON — The YMCA of the Chesapeake announced that this year’s 5K Turkey Trots collectively established records with about 1,800 participants raising nearly $200,000 through sponsorships and runner registrations.

“We are beyond thankful to our participants and sponsors from across the Eastern Shore whose generous contributions made this year’s Turkey Trot such a huge success,” Robbie Gill, YMCA of the Chesapeake CEO, said in a news release.

The top 2023 sponsors included Willow Construction, Aetna Maryland, Becker Morgan Group, Life Fitness Division 501, Shore United Bank, Farm Creek Insurance, C & C Drywall Contractors North Inc., Dorchester Family Medicine LLC, Eastern Shore Tents and Events, FPC Distribution, Iron Works Inc., M & T Foundation, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, PNC Bank, Preston Automotive Group and Tapmans Refrigeration.

The event was held virtually and in-person at seven locations across the Eastern Shore, including the Kent County Family YMCA in Chestertown and the newly opened Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA in Centreville.

Proceeds are earmarked for the YMCA’s Annual Fund, which supports numerous programs for all ages including local food drives; youth sports; Enhance Fitness for seniors; LiveStrong for adult cancer survivors; Rock Steady for those battling Parkinson’s Disease; child care; swim lessons; mentoring programs; before- and after-school care; and the YMCA’s Open Doors Program, which ensures that no member of the community is turned away from a Y facility or program due to an inability to pay.

Those participating virtually could walk or run a 5K (3.1 miles) route of their choosing whenever it was convenient between Sunday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 25.

The virtual Turkey Trot was an ideal option for those who traveled for the holiday, but still wanted to support their local YMCA and its programs.

The in-person Turkey Trot was a 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.


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