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Run…jog…walk…or push a stroller! But whatever you do, don’t miss the annual Burbank Community YMCA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.

  • New and improved 5K/10K double-loop course
  • Cash awards for top finishers
  • Kiddie 1K Fun Run for children 7 & under

Proceeds benefit the Burbank Community YMCA membership assistance program which makes the Y’s programs available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Come on…lace up your sneakers and be part of this healthy, fun, family tradition! (Costumes welcomed!)


  • Fun for everyone…experienced runners and novices alike
  • New course measured to USA Track & Field standards
  • $250 cash award for top male and female finishers in 5K and 10K
  • Commemorative awards for first three male and female finishers in each age group
  • Ribbon, prize and short-sleeve t-shirt for all registered 1k Fun Run kids
  • Long-sleeve, high-quality shirt for all registered 5/10k participants
  • Chip timing
  • Pre-race expo
  • Plenty of free parking steps from the start/finish line


  • Thursday • November 28, 2013


Through Downtown Burbank (download course map)


2,500 people drawn from YMCA members, Burbank community and the Los Angeles county 5K/10K and running communities


5K, 10K: $35 early bird registration
Kiddie 1K Fun Run (7 & younger): $15

Parking & Street Closings

Free parking is available at the Burbank Town Center mall located directly across from the Y at the corner of Third & Magnolia (access the parking area on Cypress Street.)

Note that the following streets will be closed from 6am until 12noon on race day:

  • Olive Avenue between Glenoaks and San Fernando Road
  • Third Street between Angeleno and San Jose
  • Magnolia Boulevard between First Street and Glenoaks


Registration begins September 1, 2013.

You can come to the Y during packet pickup hours and register for the event. Packet Pickup at the Y is on Monday, November 25; Tuesday, November 26; and Wednesday, November 7 from 7am-7pm

Age Groups and Awards


  • Cash prizes of $250 will be awarded to male and female first place finishers of the 5K and 10K.
  • Medals will be awarded for the First, Second and Third Place male and female finisher in all the age categories.
  • Medals and prizes will be awarded to all children (age 7 and under) who are registered and participate in the Kiddie 1K Fun Run

Age Categories

  • >13
  • 14-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-70
  • 70 plus

Burbank Visitor Info

Burbank Travel BoardIf you're visiting Burbank for the Turkey Trot, the Burbank Hospitality Association encourages you to fly into the convenient Bob Hope Airport and stay in one of our great area hotels. And while you're in town, why not enjoy the best studio tour around...Warner Bros. Click on any of the logos below to be directed to their websites.

Amarano Annabelle Burbank Airport Courtyard Marriott Martriott Residence Inn Safari Inn Tangerine Warner Brothers


Q: Is there a different cost for the 5K and 10K events?

No, the cost is the same for the 5k and 10k race. Register by Nov 1 for the early bird discount.

Q: Do the shirts come in Women’s and children’s sizes?

The runners' shirts only come in adult men sizes. Women and youth should order accordingly.

Q: What do the proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit?

Proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit the Burbank Community YMCA’s membership assistance program. These funds enable families, as well as individuals who might not otherwise afford it, to participate in Y programs.

Sponsors and participants help the YMCA say “yes!” to those in need. The Burbank Community YMCA is a 501 (c ) (3) cause-driven nonprofit organization.

Q: What time should I arrive on the day of the race?

If you are pre-registered, try to arrive by 7:00am to register. Arrive by 8:30am for the 1K Kiddie Fun Run. If you are not pre-registered please arrive at 7am to register. There is an expo and warm-up exercises before the race.

Q: Is the "Fun Run” a separate event or distance?

The 1K Kiddie Fun Run is a separate event for children age 7 and under. It starts an hour after the start of the 5K/10K at a time when most participants have completed the course.  The entry fee for the 1K Kiddie Fun Run is $15 per runner. Parents may accompany their child(ren) in the 1K Kiddie Fun Run for free. This run is not a timed event.

Q: What if it rains? Will you still have the Turkey Trot?

Whatever weather, the Turkey Trot will go on.

Q: Can I walk the 5/10K course?

You can walk the 5K but not the 10K. We have lots of walkers. We ask that walkers participate in our staggered start to allow the competitive runners to leave first.

Q: Is there assistance available if I can’t complete the whole course?

Yes, we have paramedics, radio operators and volunteers patrolling the course. If you need assistance, just ask a volunteer for help. We also have water stops and restrooms located on the course.

Q: My child is 6, can he participate in the 5K Run?

Yes, younger runners can participate in the 5K as long as they can maintain pace with the other participants, their parent or guardian signs a release form and pays the 5K registration fee.

Q: Are baby strollers allowed?

Absolutely, we ask strollers to start at the back of the pack.You are invited to register your child so he or she can have an official number and an adult race shirt to give to Mom or Dad.

Q: Do I have to pay for my 2-year-old to ride in a stroller in the 5K walk? I am paying the adult fee for myself.

No, children in strollers are free, however, every person, no matter what age, MUST HAVE SIGNED A RELEASE FORM.  Children who have not registered or paid an entry fee will NOT receive a t-shirt.

Q: Can parents walk with their kids during the Kiddie 1K Fun Run? If the parent is NOT doing the 5K run/walk, do they still need to pay $15 if they only participate in the Kiddie 1K Fun Run with the child?

Parents are welcome to walk with their child(ren) who is  registered in the Kiddie 1K Fun Run. Parents do not need to pay for their own registration. Please note that shirts are only for the registered children in this event. We do request that parents complete an entry form if they did not participate in the 5k or 10K because we need to have a signed release form from everyone who is on the course.

Q: Can someone else pick up my registration packet?

Yes. The person picking up the registration packet(s) will need the participant's name.

Q: Do I have to be chip-timed?

Yes, the timing chip will be embedded in your runner number. Every participant is required to wear their bib number to identify them as a walker or runner. The cost of being timed is included in your registration fee.

Q: Does it cost more to be chip-timed?

No. The cost is included in the registration fee.

Q: Can I use my own chip for timing?

No. All chips are assigned to bib numbers prior to the race.

Q: Are there concessions available at the Y’s Turkey Trot?

The Turkey Trot will provide water, coffee and fruit for our participants at no charge. Other vendors and sponsors often provide additional complimentary refreshments such as granola bars and yogurt.

Q: Is skating or cycling allowed?

No, because they travel at a higher speed, for the safety of others, rollerblades, heelies, roller skates, scooters and bicycles are not allowed.

Sponsors: Past & Present

Presenting Sponsors

Burbank Visitor Logo

Burbank Town Center

Community Sponsors

5 Speed Running

A1 Textiles

Barney’s Beanery

Big Mama's & Papa’s Pizzeria

Bobby Sherman Emergency Medical Foundation

Burbank Bar and Grille

Burbank Federal Credit Union

Burbank Podiatry Association

Comprehensive Financial Services

Core Conditioning

Corner Bakery

Dazzled by Balloons

Dr. Melvin Kum


Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

Jillian’s Universal

Market City Caffe

McCalla Company

Mo’s Restaurant

Monterey Energy

Mrs. Cubbinson’s

Panera Bread

Porto’s Bakery

Priscilla’s Gourmet Coffee

Racers Edge Karting

Ricky’s Fish & Poultry

Safety Research Consultants

Sports Authority


The Castaways

The Smokehouse

Trader Joe’s


Event Sponsors


Dr. Mark Kaufman

Life Fitness

Life Fitness


Click on the following link post-event to access results: get race results

Contact Information


Yvette Herrera
818.845.8551, x302

Media Relations:

Susan Sebastian
818.845.8551, x236

Race Consultant:

Ryan Kugler


What is ActivTrax?

ActivTrax is a web-based system designed to deliver you a customized fitness routine. Each workout routine is built around your goals, strength and fitness experience. With ActivTrax, you’ll receive a completely new and customized workout each time you visit the Y. And from home, ActivTrax also provides you with an online nutrition and weight management tool to help keep your diet on track. ActivTrax eliminates intimidation, confusion and boredom and makes exercising much easier.

Who is ActivTrax right for?

Anyone interested in exercising and/or weight management! Whether you are new to exercise and need guidance or have been exercising for years and could use a little variety, ActivTrax can help you meet your fitness goals!

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