Katy YMCA Turkey Dash Raises $205,000

| January 1, 2016

(L-R): Jonathan Kerns, Heidi Kerns, Olivia Thapar, Molly Thapar, Hazel Thapar and Isabelle Thapar proudly flaunt their turkey hats and tutus.

(L-R): Jonathan Kerns, Heidi Kerns, Olivia Thapar, Molly Thapar, Hazel Thapar and Isabelle Thapar proudly flaunt their turkey hats and tutus.

13th annual event attracts 6,000 on Thanksgiving morning

Attracting serious runners to recreational walkers and families, benefitting the YMCA Annual Campaign, the Turkey Dash annually brings community spirit to Katy. This year’s 13th annual event attracted almost 6,000 participants on Thanksgiving morning.

“The Turkey Dash has grown to be more than a race. It’s become a holiday tradition that brings our community together to celebrate the season and generate funds for a worthy cause” said Brian Haines, YMCA Vice President of Operations. “One hundred percent of proceeds from our event go to help provide Y programs and services to Katy area families. This year, I am proud to announce that the Turkey Dash was able to net over $205,000. Every penny of that money will go back into the community in the form of program scholarships and community outreach subsidies.”

The event was the brainchild of leaders from the Y and The Fellowship wishing to organize a large-scale holiday event to promote community bonding. The race has grown by leaps and bounds over the years to become the area’s premier fun run. Carla Holycross, church member and event volunteer coordinator says, “We couldn’t have put on the event without the help of so many wonderful volunteers who made the day run smoothly. Over 400 volunteers spent their morning with us and we are so thankful for their dedication.”

The Turkey Dash presenting sponsor was Reliant, an NRG company. Other major sponsors included: Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, UnitedHealthcare, Grand Vision and Cram Crew. “Support from our local businesses is critical for hosting our festive, family fun event.” commented Beth Strand, YMCA community liaison, “We are grateful for all of our sponsors’ generosity and commitment to our race cause.”

In addition to the running events, participants enjoyed a large post-race area which included many local businesses who provided refreshments. There was also a Kids Zone complete with a rock wall, moonwalks, face painting and games.

The 10K winners were: Overall Male, Max Miller, with a time of 34:18, Overall Female, Angela Vega, with a time of 41:05, Overall Masters Male, A.J. Terrell, with a time of 38:52 and Overall Masters Female, Suzy Seeley, with a time of 45:59.

The 5K awards went to: Overall Male, Nathan Gift, with a time of 16:07, Overall Female, Heidi Nelson, with a time of 18:20, Overall Masters Male, Stephen Bernard, with a time of 18:40 and Overall Masters Female, Anita Deuel, with a time of 23:42.

For official age category race results, visit ymcaturkeydash.org. To learn more about sponsorships for next year’s event, contact Beth Strand at 281-392-5055 or email beths@ymcahouston.org.

Five of the smiling faces among the 6,000 partipants in this year’s Turkey Dash.

Five of the smiling faces among the 6,000 partipants in this year’s Turkey Dash.

Many participants got into the fun holiday spirit.

Many participants got into the fun holiday spirit.

Whimsical headwear was the fashion accessory of the day.

Whimsical headwear was the fashion accessory of the day.

These two were still looking fresh at the end of the Dash.

These two were still looking fresh at the end of the Dash.


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