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Katy area prepares for 16th Annual YMCA Turkey Dash for Thanksgiving Day

November 20, 2018

The 16th Annual Katy Area YMCA’s Turkey Dash kicks off this Thanksgiving Day in Cinco Ranch with more than 3,600 participants.

Veteran runners, first-timers, walkers, children and those dressed up in costume will make their way through a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Kids Race and 1 Mile Walk/ Run Course on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Proceeds from the YMCA Turkey Dash provide scholarships to programs such as child care, summer camps, swim lessons, sports leagues and assistance to various area outreach programs within the Katy community.

Cynthia Jorgensen, Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch director of operations, said the race, while not as big and well-known as the Houston Turkey Trot, was about community and bringing people together for a cause.

“Our event typically attracts about 6,000 spectators to our race,” Jorgenson said. “We know that the race proceeds go to a great cause…We want it to be fun. We want everyone to be welcome to our event.”

Races begin as early as 7:45 a.m., when the 10K runners head out and that means traffic on Westheimer Parkway and South Peek Road will be impacted until 11 a.m., as both roads will be closed to motorists as 3,626 racers make their way through a handful of courses, Jorgensen said.

The Houston Police Department will be handling all traffic control, said Michelle Steffes, YMCA at Katy Main Street director of operations.

All races will begin and end at the intersection of Westheimer Parkway and South Peek Road, where the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch is located, Jorgensen said.

The pre-race corals for the 10K, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run and the 1 Mile / Walk Run are located north of Pratt Park, directly across from James Williams Elementary School, while the 5K are south of the bayou between Nightwind and Noble Canyon. But racers should line up 20 minutes before scheduled to start.

Dogs and strollers are not allowed on the race course, but spectators can bring their dog provided they are on a leash.

Participants will also be invited to play dress up and either join solo or in a group contest for “best Thanksgiving theme” and “most unique costume,” according to the information from the 2018 YMCA Turkey Dash webpage.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early to pick up their race packages from the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco or for questions, they can call 281-392-5055. There is no race day registration. Any interested will have online before the race.

Registration fees for a $45 for 10K, $40 for 5K, $28 for 1-Mile, $25 for a 1-Mile Walk/Run. For questions, visit the race roster for information.

michelle.iracheta@chron.com

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