COLORADO SPRINGS — The annual Pikes Peak YMCA Turkey Trot is foremost a fun tradition for a lot of people and one of the largest fundraisers of the year for The Y, both motivators for organizers to figure out a way to prevent a cancellation because of COVID-19.
"This year it was, what are we going to do because we know we can't bring over 4,000 people together to do a 5k tradition,” said The Y’s Theresa Johnson.
The party atmosphere with a dress code to look like a turkey is not COVID safe. Organizers relied on other parts of the tradition to alter plans. Fun with family and friends, burning some calories before the Thanksgiving feast and the anticipated t-shirt all can still happen with a virtual turkey trot.
"It's a way for us to try to meet our community where they are because this hasn't been easy for anyone. Right it's been pretty much a challenge for everybody, but we want people to understand, The Y, we're still here," said Johnson.
The alternative will also help with some of the fundraising but will be far less than a normal year. It means finding other ways to raise resources to fund programs that support the community
There is still time to sign up for the Turkey Trot. You can register online.