YMCA Turkey Dash FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I register the day of the race?

No. There is no race day registration.

Where do I pick up my race packet?

Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch – 22807 Westheimer Parkway Katy, Texas 77494, 281-392-5055

Saturday, November 17

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, November 18

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monday, November 19

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 20

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, November 21

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 22

6:45 am - 8:45 am

Where can I park for the race?

Parking will be available in the The Villagio parking garage and The Fellowship Church. Overflow parking shuttles will run from 6:30 - 10:30 am from the Super Target parking lot (23710 Westheimer Parkway). A bus will leave every 8-10 minutes or as the bus fills and will drop off near the race site.

Do I have to be a member of the YMCA to participate?

No. This is a community event open to the public.

If I am not a runner, can I volunteer or become an event sponsor?

Yes. Please click here to register as a volunteer and email ymcaturkeydash@ymcahouston.org to become an event sponsor.

Are the 10K shirts gender specific?

Yes. The brand is Next Level (same as 2016 and 2017). This brand runs a size to a size and a half small so please order up.

Can I change the race I have registered for?

Yes. You can either email ymcaturkeydash@ymcahouston.org or change it in person during one of the packet pick up days. You will pay the difference if the price is higher. No refunds for changing to a lower priced race. Please note you will not be able to switch races on race day.

What if I register for the 10K and decide on race day to run the 5K?

If you run a race you didn't register for (i.e. you registered for the 10K and run the 5K or vice versa), you will not be an official finisher nor timed.

Can I run in more than one race?

Yes, but you must pay for each one.

If I can’t run, can I get a refund?

No. Your entry fee will be used as a donation to the Katy Area YMCAs Annual Campaign.

If I can’t run, can someone else take my place?

No. Race entries are non-transferable.

Can someone else pick up my bib and race packet?

Yes.

Does the race still happen in rain?

Yes. We reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances.

Where does the race start?

Please line up 20 minutes prior to your race start time.

ALL RACES BEGIN ON THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF PEEK ROAD

10K, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run & 1 Mile Walk/Run: North of Pratt Park, directly across from the Williams Elementary

5K: South of the bayou, between Nightwind and Noble Canyon

Are strollers allowed on the course?

• 10K/5K walkers/runners with strollers should line up at the back behind the walkers for safety purposes. When registering please choose Corral C for the 10K and Corral E for the 5K.

• Strollers in the 1 Mile Walk/Run should also line up in the back behind the walkers.

Do I need to register my infant if he/she is in a stroller?

No you do not need to register the infant unless you want them to have a t-shirt. Anyone not in a stroller must be registered to be on the course.

My child is registered for the Kids Fun Run. Can I run with them?

If you don't think your child will be comfortable running alone, you may run alongside them.

Can I wear my headphones while running?

Yes, but we highly discourage it due to traffic on major roads.

What is the course limit for the 5K and 10K?

The course will be open to traffic starting at 10:00 am

Are the race courses certified?

Yes, 10K - TX13137ETM; 5K - TX13138ETM

Can I bring my dog(s)?

For the safety of our runners, dogs are NOT allowed on the race course but can be spectators as long as they are on a leash.

Are bicycles allowed on the course?

Animals, skateboards, roller blades, bicycles, scooters, etc. are not permitted on the race course.

Can I exchange my T-shirt for a different size?

Our orders are based on the size indicated on your registration. If there are extra shirts after the race, we will gladly trade sizes for you.

Is there medical support on the course?

Yes. Medical support is provided.

Where do I put my bib?

Pin your race number to the FRONT of your clothing and make sure it is visible throughout the entire race.

Are there water stations?

Two staffed and equipped water stations are positioned along the course for the 5K and three are provided for the 10K.

Are there refreshments after the race?

Yes. Complimentary refreshments will be available in the post race area of the YMCA parking lot.

Can we buy additional Turkey Dash T-shirts?

If extra shirts are available they can be purchased in the post race party on Thanksgiving day or at the Y beginning the Monday after the race.

Do you have a race photographer?

Yes. Photos will be available after the race. You will receive an email from the official race photographer the week after the race.

How soon can I find race results?

Race results will be available onsite on race morning and will be posted at www.runfarusa.com within 48 hours.

Are there awards?

Yes.

Race: 10K and 5K awards will be given to the overall male and female winners in the Open and Masters Division along with the top 3 males and females in each age group. All finishers of the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run will receive a medal.

Costume Contest: Awards will be given based on 2 categories: Best Thanksgiving Theme and Most Unique costume.

When is the awards ceremony?

10K awards will start at 9:00 am followed by 5K awards at 9:30 am at the main stage.

If I don’t stay for the awards ceremony, how can I obtain my award?

You may come by the YMCA to pick it up.

How do you handle timing/chips?

Run Far Racing Services will facilitate timing for the 10K and 5K.

Where does my registration fee go?

All proceeds from the Turkey Dash will benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign. This annual fundraiser makes it possible to provide program scholarships to Katy families and to subsidize community outreach efforts.

When is next year’s race?

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 21, 2019, for the 17th annual YMCA Turkey Dash!

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