Proceeds from the event benefited YMCA food pantry programs and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
PITTSBURGH, PA – More than 6,400 participants from 40 states plus Canada and Great Britain started their Thanksgiving by moving with friends and family while making a difference at the 32nd YMCA Turkey Trot presented by UPMC Health Plan. Proceeds from the event benefited the YMCA food pantry programs and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
“The Turkey Trot has helped make a difference in the Pittsburgh community since 1991,” said Amy Kienle, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. “For so many, the event is a chance to come together, give thanks for our blessings and give back to support our friends and neighbors in need.”
Participants ages 11 months to 86 years crossed the finish line on the North Shore at the 1-Mile Family Fun Run presented by Busy Beaver, the 5K presented by UPMC Health Plan, and the 5-Mile presented by FedEx. More than 200 participants completed the Double Gobble presented by Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C., running both the 5K and the 5-Mile races.
Many celebrated the holiday by participating in the costume contest and wore their finest turkey ensembles and pie hats. Even the Grinch was spotted in the crowd. In addition, more than 200 participated virtually this year, completing their event whenever and wherever worked for them.
“The Turkey Trot has become a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition for many families in the region,” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO. “The event embraces the essence of Thanksgiving and is a chance to MOVE with close friends and family, and have a feel-good moment as you cross the finish line together.”
P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to MOVE with us. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, P3R runs a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. Anyone and everyone is invited to #RUNwithP3R! Read more at: P3R.org
About the Y
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh is a 501c(3) charitable organization committed to closing the achievement gap, eliminating health disparities and providing aid to financially struggling families throughout the greater Pittsburgh region. Our Y serves more than 80,000 individuals each year and provides nearly $1.5 million dollars in membership subsidies to individuals and families. Every day, the Y works side by side with people of all faiths and beliefs to ensure that everyone regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
About UPMC Insurance Services
UPMC Insurance Services is owned and operated by UPMC, a world-renowned health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, Pa. UPMC Insurance Services – which includes UPMC Health Plan, Workpartners, UPMC for Life, UPMC for You, UPMC for Kids, and Community Care Behavioral Health – offers a full range of health insurance and benefit management services including Medicare, Special Needs, Children’s Health Insurance, Medical Assistance, Behavioral Health, Employee Assistance and Workers’ Compensation products and services to over 3.9 million members. For more information, visit www.upmchealthplan.com.