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YMCA Turkey Trot holds on to tradition

A Hastings tradition held strong even with some pandemic changes. People got up bright and...
A Hastings tradition held strong even with some pandemic changes. People got up bright and early Saturday morning for the YMCA Turkey Trot.(KSNB)
Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 5:16 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A Hastings tradition held strong even with some pandemic changes. People got up bright and early Saturday morning for the YMCA Turkey Trot.

Over 150 people participated either in person or virtually. Runners had to wear their masks before and after the race. This year the celebratory pie was handed out to go. The YMCA said they wanted to do what they could to have a safe race.

“We just know that physical activity is so important for people’s health and it ties all in together with their emotional health and physical health,” Wellness Director Erika Knott said. “If we can provide a bit of normalcy in this time then that’s really our goal.”

The virtual runners could run the 3.1 miles on their own and log their times online. For those running in person they had food items to collect along their route.

“You go along our 3.1 route and on that route you have five different food stations where you pick up the food ingredients to the traditional thanksgiving recipes,” Knott said. “We’ve had coworkers who do a family Thanksgiving together at their place of business.”

The YMCA hopes that they can continue to do events similar to the run in the future.

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