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Registration for the Greensburg Turkey Trot begins; The YMCA partners with the race committee

Registration is open for the annual Greensburg Turkey Trot, scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.

This year, the race committee is partnering with the YMCA of Greensburg, which helps with pre-race operations and promotion of the Thanksgiving 5K Run/Walk.

The Y is also one of several non-profit community organizations that will benefit from proceeds from the race.

“We are so excited to have the YMCA of Greensburg join the Turkey Trot for this year’s race and beyond,” said Mark Sorice, race committee chair and one of the event’s founders. “This race is more than just a competitive event; it is a flagship community event that benefits many large organizations. The community has always supported the Turkey Trot in a big way.

“We look forward to our contribution to the promotion and organization of the race, in order to maintain the enormous success and popularity it has enjoyed over the past 30 years,” said Suzanne Printz, CEO of the YMCA of Greensburg.

The Turkey Trot attracts more than 2,000 participants each year.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the corner of Pittsburgh and Main streets in downtown Greensburg. The route heads southwest from nearby Greensburg, continues into town, and ends on Pennsylvania Avenue behind the Westmoreland County Courthouse.

Registration for the race can be done online at gbgtturkeytrot.com. Downloadable forms can also be completed and mailed.

Through Nov. 7, registration is $25 for adults, $15 for children 13 or under, and includes a t-shirt. Thereafter, the cost increases to $35 for all participants.

Race kits and shirts can be picked up at the YMCA of Greensburg gymnasium, 101 S. Maple Ave., from noon to 6 p.m., Nov. 21-23. Registration and shirt pickup on Nov. 24 will be from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Greensburg No. 2 Fire House, 137 N. Main St.

The Turkey Trot was created by five friends who ran every day at lunchtime. They formed a non-profit organization called Westmoreland Community Sharing to grow the race and raise money to help local organizations.

The race has become a USA Track & Field certified course and is recognized for its national records.

The event is open to serious and casual runners, who can enter individually or as a group.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three in different categories.

Race sponsors are available. For more information, contact [email protected]

Jeff Himler is an editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .