Runners hit the pavement of the 126th annual YMCA Turkey Trot سباق

Buffalo, New York (WIVB) – It’s one of Buffalo’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Thousands of runners and pedestrians bounced and hit the sidewalk this morning to attend the 126th YMCA Turkey Trot.

12,000 participants ran, walked, walked, and even danced at the 126th annual YMCA Turkey Trot Festival. For this sea of ​​trotting, this 8k down Delaware Street has become a Thanksgiving tradition.

“It’s something I started doing with my aunts and uncles and when people moved away. That’s how we see each other. It’s like getting people together after not seeing each other all year,” said co-star Kristen Sekkei.

A large part of this tradition includes festive costumes. From holiday classics like the Pilgrims family and turkey to one-of-a-kind costumes.

“We actually wanted to get turkey hats. But they were sold everywhere, so we got these flamingos with Christmas hats.”

“It’s Billing Day! Yes, go to the bills! How can you not love Josh Allen? ”

Participants said it was great to be back in person in full this Thanksgiving.

“12,000 trot come back in person this year, it was 125 last year, and this is a special day for all of Western New Yorkers,” added Mike Bagerman, Director of Communications.

And they not only burn calories, but they can feel good about giving back to YMCA Buffalo Niagara.

“It’s fundraising for child care, and food inequality across western New York. It’s a great way to give back,” Bagerman told News 4.

More than $300,000 was raised this year for this cause.

Gabrielle Mediak is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work Here.

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