Turkey Trot

The YMCA Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving Day tradition that attracts runners of all ages and abilities to Fredericksburg, VA each year. Run or walk the 5K course with your family and friends through scenic downtown Fredericksburg. Kids can get in on the fun by joining a parent in the 5K or running the 1 Mile race.

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Race Day Schedule

  • 7:00am – Boys’ Mile – 9-12 Years Old
  • 7:05am – Girls’ Mile – 9-12 Years Old
  • 7:10am – Boys’ Mile – 8 & Under
  • 7:15am – Girls’ Mile – 8 & Under
  • 7:30am – Wave 1 Start
  • 7:35am – Wave 2 Start
  • 7:40am – Wave 3 Start

Due to the size of the 5K race, we will be starting in waves.

Wave Schedule


  • Wave 1 – Under 30 Minutes
  • Wave 2 – 30-40 Minutes
  • Wave 3 – Over 40 Minutes

You’ll select your wave at the time of registration.

If you want to start in the same wave as your friends or family be sure to enter the same estimated finish time for each runner and select the same wave. Please use the estimated finish time of the slowest runner in your group.

Course Maps



Kids Mile – Top 3 Male and Female in the following categories:

  • 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12
  • 5K – OVERALL – Top 5 Male and Female:
  • 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $150, 4th Place $100, 5th Place $50
  • 5K – Top 3 Male and Female in the following categories:
  • 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 50-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

All Awards will be mailed to Overall and Age Group winners. Overall Winners will be based on Gun Time. Age Group winners will be based on Chip Time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You will need to start in the back of your starting wave with the other stroller participants.
No. Please register online and in advance. Online registration will still be available race morning, but we highly encourage you to sign up before race day!
If your child is 4 years old or younger, one parent is permitted on the course. We ask that you start in the back of the wave. For children 5 and older, parents can run on the sidewalk that parallels the course.