The Turkey Trot began in 2005 as a way to get an early workout in, before helping my wife prepare for Thanksgiving Day with our family. What started with a group of 7 friends has grown into an Awesome Turkey Trot annual event. Now, together with other athletes, volunteers, and sponsors, we raise funds that will benefit the Jackson YMCA “Strong Kids Strong Community Campaign.

Each year, thousands of kids learn to play and compete in youth sports leagues, go to summer day camp, learn new skills and make new friends at the YMCA. The Jackson YMCA’s annual Strong Kids Strong Community Campaign ensures that no one is denied the opportunity to share in the YMCA experience due to an inability to pay.

Your donation to the Strong Kids Strong Community Campaign changes lives. As a supporter of the campaign, your gift benefits children and their families by making YMCA memberships and programs available to everyone. For over 110 years, our Jackson YMCA has been building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. As the requests for programs increase, so does the need for funds to provide these services. Your donation is an investment in our community and all dollars raised by the local community stay in the community to support kids and families. Your contribution will open our doors to those kids whose families qualify for financial assistance.

Without your support, we could not put on an event of this size. YOU Make it ALL Possible. THANK YOU!

Turkey Trot Race Director


Your generosity will open our doors to…

  • After School Programs that are safe, structured, fun
  • Youth Sports where “everybody plays, everybody wins”
  • Life-saving swimming lessons
  • The power of positive role models and positive peer experiences
  • Adult and family memberships so our friends can keep working out when they experience the stress of losing a job or other life crisis