More than 6,100 runners participated in this year’s event to help fight food insecurity

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 25, 2021) – More than 6,100 participants return to downtown Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving morning for the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Turkey Trot presented by UPMC Health Plan, and for more than 30 percent of participants, this is their first year participating.

“The Turkey Trot has helped make a difference in the Pittsburgh community since 1991,” said Michael Polite, YMCA Board Chair.  “And we could not have been more excited to have families back downtown for this year’s in-person event. So many families came out together to experience the event and support the Y’s efforts to fight food insecurity in our region.”

Participants of all ages came together decked in their favorite holiday gear to toe the start lines for the 1-mile, 5K and 5-mile events. Every registration helps the Y continue its mission, and this year, participants donated an additional $10,100 to help the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and donated food to help provide those in need with meals. 

“The mission behind this event is what drives it forward each year,” said Carolyn Grady, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. “The collaboration between the Y and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is so important, and each family, group of friends and every runner who participates, is part of that great partnership.” 6 countries 39 states

Ranging from 11 months to 89 years old, family members of all ages and abilities got involved in the holiday tradition. The YMCA again partnered with P3R, the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races, to bring the event back to the streets.

“Pittsburgh has always supported Pittsburgh, and what we saw today was a reflection of that,” said P3R CEO, Troy Schooley. “Families from around the country that have a tie to this city came out to participate in the event together while supporting those in need in this community.”

For results of today’s Turkey Trot, click here. Learn more about the mission of the YMCA here.

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 About P3R

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:


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