The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and Capital One Bank take Dallas’ Annual Thanksgiving Tradition to the World

The 44th Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot paid tribute to the bird of the day by setting a new Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys.”

DALLAS, TX – You didn’t have to go to Spain this year to witness some intense creatures charging down the street. The 44th Annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, held in downtown Dallas, took their Dallas Thanksgiving tradition to the world by setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys.

This year, the Dallas YMCA and Capital One Bank came together again in sponsoring one of the largest multi-event races in the country.  Donning turkey outfits for the annual Trot has become a tradition that many racers have incorporated into the day of fun.  In 2011, dressing up as turkeys became a way for families to work together and gobble up a spot in the record book.  The on-site official Guinness World Record judge declared the new record was set as 661 people dressed as turkeys were assembled at the race.

The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country.  Starting from humble beginnings 43 years ago, it has grown into the undisputed “Way to Begin Thanksgiving Day” for thousands of locals as well as participants from across the globe.  This year more than 38,000 runners and walkers participated in either the 5k or 8 mile run.  Thousands of children and families in the Dallas community directly benefit from the support of this race.

Beyond the feathers and beaks the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is more than a one day event. For more than four decades this race has enabled the Y to nurture youth development, energize healthy living and inspire social responsibility.   Sunshine Avenue was honored to join the “turkey team” and help the YMCA make a difference for thousands of children, adults and families across North Texas.

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The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information on how you can become involved with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, please visit




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