Runners taking on the 121st consecutive Turkey Trot

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)— Thousands of trotters are hitting the pavement– participating in the long time Thanksgiving day tradition.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Geoff Falkner, the communications director for Buffalo Niagara YMCA. “It’s not just about the run. It’s about being together.

Together with 14,000 other Buffalonians- trotting down the road before gobbling down some turkey. Western New Yorkers have been running the race for 121 years.

The 8k route takes runners through different parts of the city — starting in North Buffalo and ending at the convention center.

“It’s an amazing journey visually,” said Falkner. “It shows the whole rebirth of Buffalo and not just the downtown area but it’s the perfect historical journey.”

A journey of about 5 miles but one that makes Thanksgiving what it is for so many Buffalonians.

“The sense of community, the people cheering- you feel like a million bucks,” said Falkner.

“This is just the most Buffalo thing ever; so uniquely Buffalo,” said Ann Catolano, a Turkey trot runner.

The run is the YMCA’Ss biggest fundraiser- with all the money going back into the community helping families in need participate in YMCA programming. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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