Turkey Chase

Turkey Chase Now in its 38th year, the Turkey Chase is an annual Thanksgiving Day tradition - and 2020 means it's VIRTUAL! USATF 10k & 5k races, a 2 mile walk/run, a 10mi bike, 400y and 1mi swims benefiting YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and B-CC Rotary Club Foundation.
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2019's Turkey Chase was a cold one! But that didn't stop families from donning their turkey gear and running together. T...
12/04/2020

2019's Turkey Chase was a cold one! But that didn't stop families from donning their turkey gear and running together. This year, some of those families toned it down a bit, but still managed to keep up their traditions - and pick the day and weather for their race!

Did you do your Turkey Chase on Thanksgiving morning, or did you pick another day? We'd love to hear how you "chased" this year!

And if you didn't get a chance to "chase," you can still contribute - thank you to those who've continued to donate. Check out our amazing donors list over on the Turkey Chase page:

https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/MD/Bethesda/YMCATurkeyChase

Proceeds benefit the BCC Rotary Foundation and the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase (or your local Y, if you've selected that on the donation page) in helping children and families in our neighborhoods.

The Turkey Chase is a family affair - near and far! Here's Rosa's "chase story!" We're so glad you started a new traditi...
12/03/2020

The Turkey Chase is a family affair - near and far! Here's Rosa's "chase story!" We're so glad you started a new tradition with the virtual race!

"This is our first year doing the Turkey Chase. I work for The Y in Alexandria & our daughter Vanessa works for The Y in the New Orleans Association. We really enjoyed the walk & I can see this being a new tradition for us. Thanks for giving us the reason to not only exercise but spend quality time with our family! It was a blast & didn’t even feel like exercise."

Didn't manage to race, but still want to contribute? We're still accepting donations benefiting the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and the BCC Rotary Foundation's efforts to support children and families in our area. Just jump on over to https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/MD/Bethesda/YMCATurkeyChase and give what you can today!

Thank you, Grubman Family, for finding a way to keep up your traditions and your YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase connections a...
12/02/2020

Thank you, Grubman Family, for finding a way to keep up your traditions and your YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase connections and support for the Y and BCC Rotary this year!

"We have been a part of the Turkey Chase since its beginning! I was a fitness teacher at the BCC-YMCA back in the 80s, and my husband Stew and I ran or walked or volunteered at the race whenever we could (for some years, we were out of town visiting relatives in NY).

"But this year, we will be doing it in Rock Creek Park with our children and their families on Thanksgiving morning, followed by an outdoor boxed lunch of turkey sandwiches and mini pumpkin pies. If it's raining on Thanksgiving, we'll do it the next day. Or the day after that! We were told our youngest granddaughter is the youngest person registered this year."

We're still collecting donations at www.turkeychase.com, even if you didn't race! Any support you can give helps our organizations support children and families in our neighborhoods.

As the race results came in, so did the stories. We are so grateful to families like Andrea Wright's, who shared their 3...
12/01/2020

As the race results came in, so did the stories. We are so grateful to families like Andrea Wright's, who shared their 38-year journey with the Turkey Chase.

"My father, Irwin Kaplan, ran in the first Turkey Chase 10K to support the work of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA and the Rotary Club.

We all got up early that Thanksgiving Day to cheer him on. He didn’t start running until he was in his mid-40s and completing his first 10K race was a big milestone for him. A celebratory brunch at our house followed the event. A contingent of our family has participated in every Turkey Chase since then.

The second year, my sister, Ellen, and I joined our dad. Then our brothers, Steven and Peter, started participating. Over the years, our group grew to include our spouses and then our children. In fact, most of the grandchildren have never experienced a Thanksgiving Day that didn’t start out with the Turkey Chase and brunch! We pushed their strollers through the 2K Fun Run course; we worked hard to keep up with our school-aged children in the crowd of thousands; and then, as they got older, we let them run ahead, arranging to meet us and their grandfather at the finish line.

We typically start our day early, meeting at my parents’ house, which is a half a mile away from the starting line. With so many thousands of runners and walkers, it’s impossible to get a parking spot any closer. As the only one of my siblings who moved out of state, I make the trip from Pennsylvania with my family on Wednesday night, just so we can be in Bethesda in time for our Thursday morning meet-up.

We look forward to seeing the shirt design on Thanksgiving morning every year. We sort out our race packets, pull our new shirts over our sweatshirts, and walk to the “Y” to take in the festive atmosphere. It’s always exhilarating to see nothing but people in front of you and behind you while waiting for the master of ceremonies to yell “Go!”

My mother, Eva, prepares brunch, which is as much a part of our Thanksgiving Day tradition as Thanksgiving dinner. Our friends the Wagmans, Lenny and Myrna, joined us for brunch for many years. Lenny, who had run Marine Corp Marathons, completed the 10K through his 80s, and then, when he could no longer run, volunteered at one of the Turkey Chase mile-marker checkpoints.

At some point my father could no longer complete the course, but he would still walk to the “Y” with us. He would then take his place at the finish line, cheering on the other finishers while he waited for members of our group.

Jogging or walking around the track at “Y” was part of my part of father’s daily routine for decades. He got to know the regulars at the track and belonged to a core group that shared life events with each other, both happy and sad. They also took it upon themselves to welcome new walkers into the fold.

My father died in 2013. In his honor, we have continued the tradition that he started. Although we could complete the courses we mapped out for the virtual Turkey Chase any day this week, we’ll be getting up early on Thanksgiving morning, like we always do.

If you have stories like Andrea's, please share them! We'd love to hear tales of past and this year!

12/01/2020
BCC Rotary

There's still time, and it's #GivingTuesday! So dance "The Carlton" right over to https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/MD/Bethesda/YMCATurkeyChase and give whatever you can! Your donation - no matter how large or small - helps the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and the BCC Rotary Foundation support families and children in need in our community!

This #GivingTuesday, we want to thank all of you who raced and donated for this year's 38th Annual Turkey Chase! We'll share pictures from your races, this year's and past, over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, if you weren't able to participate, now is your chance! Take that $48 you would've spent on registration and donate it directly at www.turkeychase.com! Link is also in profile.

Share your Turkey Chase stories with us - current and past!
11/20/2020

Share your Turkey Chase stories with us - current and past!

Traditions look different this year, but we're lucky that we can still collect our Turkey Chase T-shirts (and run, walk, bike, or swim). How many shirts do you have? How are you "chasing" this year? We have families continuing their traditions from Italy, California, and locally, but at a distance! We'd love to hear your family's Turkey Chase stories! Share them and your pictures with us here, post them and tag #BethesdaTurkeyChase2020, or email rotary dot bcc at gmail dot com!

www.turkeychase.com to register all the way through November 30th!

11/19/2020
GWM Visits with Giblet, Goblet, and Gravy

Thank you, Fox 5 DC, for having us on this morning! The turkeys (and Carla!) were excited to visit with you and spread the word about the 38th Annual VIRTUAL Turkey Chase - going on now! Registration is still open, even as we're racing! www.turkeychase.com

Ready, set, TRACK! Racers, follow the prompts in your RaceJoy app to start tracking your 38th Annual Virtual Turkey Chas...
11/17/2020

Ready, set, TRACK! Racers, follow the prompts in your RaceJoy app to start tracking your 38th Annual Virtual Turkey Chase! Share photos along the way, no matter what the race!

PRO TIP No.1: Set up your RaceJoy ahead of when you plan to complete your course, and then make sure you turn tracking OFF if you don't want it to start accumulating miles as you go through the day.

PRO TIP No.2: Check your email for a link to find your bib number before you start your RaceJoy setup.

PRO TIP No.3: Walkers, this race is made for you! Leave your tracking ON throughout your day, and you'll be finished your "course" in no time!

PRO TIP No.4: Once you have your RaceJoy set up, send it to your friends and family (through the app), and they can "send" virtual cheers as you race!

Have another tip? Share it here!

Proceeds from your registration and sponsors benefit BCC Rotary Club Foundation and the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase (YMCA of Metropolitan Washington (DC))

It's HERE! Today's the day! Who's started their race? Anyone completed it yet?You can register all the way up through th...
11/16/2020
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It's HERE! Today's the day! Who's started their race? Anyone completed it yet?

You can register all the way up through the last day - November 30th - so if you haven't yet signed up to run, walk, bike, or swim this year's VIRTUAL Turkey Chase, you can still join in the fun!

www.turkeychase.com

Turkey Chase has been taking place since 1982 in Bethesda, Maryland with participants coming from all over the United States with the highest concentration of runners from Bethesda and surrounding communities. Turkey Chase is the largest 10K in Montgomery County and the largest fundraiser for the Y...

T-minus 3 days to the 38th Annual (and Virtual) Turkey Chase start! Still aren't registered? Here's your motivation! In ...
11/13/2020

T-minus 3 days to the 38th Annual (and Virtual) Turkey Chase start! Still aren't registered? Here's your motivation! In partnership with DICK'S Sporting Goods, one lucky Turkey Chase Charity Race participant a brand new FREE Bike. All race participants are automatically entered to win!
www.turkeychase.com

Hit the trails with the Standpoint, a Schwinn Signature® mountain bike. The Standpoint features an aluminum mountain frame with Schwinn suspension fork for controlled riding on the trail. 21 speed Shimano Revoshift twist shifters provide quick gear changes, while front and rear v-brakes deliver crisp stops. Plus, 27.5 x 2.2-inch all-terrain tires give you go-anywhere traction.

The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced December 1st. Winner must pick up the bike or pay to arrange shipping. Winner must be at least 18 or older.

And don't forget, the proceeds from your registration support children and families through the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase (YMCA of Metropolitan Washington (DC)) and the BCC Rotary Foundation. Families in our neighborhood need your support.

T-minus 4 days to #bethesdaturkeychase2020 start! If you're registered, you will receive an email just like this one! Fo...
11/12/2020

T-minus 4 days to #bethesdaturkeychase2020 start! If you're registered, you will receive an email just like this one! Follow the instructions to get ready...and keep training! You have from November 16-30 to run, walk, bike, or swim your race! If you're not registered yet, there's still time! You can register right up through the 30th, but signup now and start training to race ANYWHERE YOU WANT! www.turkeychase.com

Proceeds benefit the BCC Rotary Foundation and the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase (YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, DC - ASO)

The other night, two turkeys walked "into" a hospital...  and found a hero!Dr. Rohatgi is signed up for the Turkey Chase...
11/12/2020

The other night, two turkeys walked "into" a hospital... and found a hero!

Dr. Rohatgi is signed up for the Turkey Chase - are you? www.turkeychase.com

PS Thank you to our longtime partner and sponsor, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Today Gobble and Gravy visited our partner and sponsor Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine.They ran into Dr. Atul Rohatgi, a hospitalist, about to jump on his bike and ride home. Dr. Rohatgi, whom you might have seen in the recent Bethesda Magazine "On the Front Lines" feature, was the doctor who saw Suburban's first COVID-19 patient. Months later, he (and the turkeys) remind us to wear our masks! PS We have it on good authority that Doc and his whole family are signed up for the Turkey Chase Bethesda Turkey Chase 2020...are you? www.turkeychase.com

11/10/2020
BCC Rotary

We've been lucky to have some incredible sponsors over the years. Gobble, Giblet, and Gravy stopped by O'Donnell's Market yesterday! Anyone taking bets on whether or not they tried a rum bun?

If you haven't registered yet, head over to www.turkeychase.com and sign up! It's virtual and not just for runners any more!

First stop, O'Donnell's Market! Thanks, O'Donnell's for your support all these years!

11/06/2020
BCC Rotary

Recognize any of these principals attempting "the Carlton" with Gravy (the littlest turkey!), Giblet, and Gobble? See if you can guess the masked dancers!

TGIF! It's a sunny Friday, and that has some school principals dancing! Gravy taught them "The Carlton," a perfect warmup for your Virtual Turkey Chase of choice...register today at www.turkeychase.com and then share your training with us! Tag @bccrotaryclub and @ymcabethesda with #BethesdaTurkeyChase2020!

Out in today's gorgeous sunshine? When you get back in, make Gobble, Giblet, and Gravy even happier by registering for t...
11/05/2020

Out in today's gorgeous sunshine? When you get back in, make Gobble, Giblet, and Gravy even happier by registering for the 38th Annual and VIRTUAL Turkey Chase at www.turkeychase.com!

Today's a great, sunny, fall day to drive around Bethesda with the top down...or to get in a training run for the 38th Annual and this year ***Virtual*** Turkey Chase! Tag @bccrotaryclub and @ymcabethesda and #BethesdaTurkeyChase2020 to share your training runs, walks, rides, or swims! Not registered yet? Go to www.turkeychase.com and sign up now!

First stop, Chevy Chase Acura! Then Giblet, Gobble, and Gravy rode over (watch this space to see how they got there) to ...
11/04/2020

First stop, Chevy Chase Acura! Then Giblet, Gobble, and Gravy rode over (watch this space to see how they got there) to Ashburton Elementary to catch up with principals from Ashburton and Garrett Park Elementary Schools and North Bethesda Middle School! Last stop? You guessed it! Our tired turkeys needed some ICE CREAM! They waddled by Sarah's Handmade's new shop in Wildwood Shopping Center.

Where will they go next?

Gobble, Giblet, and Gravy visited a few familiar places today. Thanks to long-time sponsors Chevy Chase Acura, first-year sponsors Sarah's Handmade, and principals from Ashburton Elementary, Garrett Park Elementary, and North Bethesda Middle School for a fun Bethesda afternoon! Want to join us? Register now to run, walk, bike, or swim your chosen distance at www.turkeychase.com! This year's virtual race means you can run any route, anywhere, anytime between November 16-30!

Where will they pop up first? Any guesses?
11/04/2020

Where will they pop up first? Any guesses?

Most years, Giblet, Gobble, and Gravy debut the Turkey Chase t-shirts at a joint meeting our club holds with our local @kiwanis club. This year, you're going to have to keep an eye on your neighborhood...the turkeys are coming...watch for them starting today, November 4!

Ready, set, WATCH FOR TURKEYS!Giblet, Gravy, and Goblet are coming to your neighborhood all this month!Our fine feathere...
11/03/2020

Ready, set, WATCH FOR TURKEYS!

Giblet, Gravy, and Goblet are coming to your neighborhood all this month!

Our fine feathered friends will be masked up and ready for distanced photo ops starting Wednesday, November 4th. Look for them at sponsor businesses and local schools! (They're taking requests, too!*)

Also, let this serve as your reminder to GET REGISTERED! $38 to register for this year's virtual run, walk, bike or swim! You have 2 whole weeks to complete your chosen "race" on your own schedule!

https://runsignup.com/turkeychase

*Our turkeys would love to visit your school, business, or neighborhood playground, so if you're interested, shoot us a private message on here, but know that we may not be able to get to everyone.

Giblet, Gravy, and Gobble can't visit events this year, but they're masking up, and are planning stops around town! Starting tomorrow, look for the masked fowl at some of our favorite Bethesda haunts (like some of our sponsors, hint, hint! Sarah's Handmade, O'Donnell's Market, Chevy Chase Acura). If you haven't registered yet for this year's VIRTUAL Turkey Chase, now is a great time! 2 weeks to run, walk, bike, or swim and help the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and our club support children and families in our neighborhoods.

Getting ready for our first virtual Turkey Chase is a community effort. Any guesses what this young volunteer is doing?
10/22/2020

Getting ready for our first virtual Turkey Chase is a community effort. Any guesses what this young volunteer is doing?

One of our member's daughters is stiching up something special for some special Thanksgiving friends of ours. Can you guess what it is? Keep an eye on this space...

We're so excited to have so many community-based companies and organizations on board this year. Many have been part of ...
10/21/2020

We're so excited to have so many community-based companies and organizations on board this year. Many have been part of the Turkey Chase for years, and some are new!

We're glad to have you Advantage Green Solutions, LLC, Bethesda Magazine, Chevy Chase Automotive, Denny & Leyla Realty, Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Dr. Leonard Goldman, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kiwanis Club of Bethesda, Marshfield Associates - Thrivent Financial, Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Homes, Inc., Ruppert Landscape, Sandy Spring Bank, and Silver Spring Jewelry

We have a few more spots available for sponsors - if your family, company, or organization would like to join us for the 38th Annual Turkey Chase, please click through and get in touch!

https://www.turkeychase.com/copy-of-donate

Running (or walking, biking, or swimming) the Turkey Chase is one very simple way to help our Bethesda community. The fu...
10/12/2020

Running (or walking, biking, or swimming) the Turkey Chase is one very simple way to help our Bethesda community. The funds raised with your registration and sponsorships fund projects supporting children and families right here in the neighborhood, like the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and YMCA of Metropolitan Washington (DC)'s efforts during the pandemic. Because of funds raised through past Turkey Chase races, the Y continued and pivoted its community support to maintain much-needed services.

Register today at the link below or email [email protected] for sponsorship information.

https://www.turkeychase.com/

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9401 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD
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I registered, but could not run - does anyone know where to find my shirt?
when will the results be available?
Can we get a timeline of events please?
My first Turkey Chase. Let's do this.
Happy to start our family sign up today! Question/suggestion. The packets are to pick up in Rockville (a little far...out .. would be great to be able to choose which of the local WF) and it is many days before, which may work or not. We assume they can be picked up the day of - as usual. . Please confirm The email - receipt message is not specific on this at the moment (and maybe modify the email/payment/sign up info to avoid any confusion for any one new)