The Annual Running of the Turkeys is a charity 5k road race held every Thanksgiving morning in the beautiful historic district of York, SC. You run through the quaint business district,  past magnificent Victorian homes, down tree lined streets, and up a hill or two!  Our race also features a one-of-a-kind Golf Cart Gobble parade.   

Proceeds go to the local charity PATH, Inc., which provides food donations and monetary assistance to those in need living within the York School District One, including York, Sharon, Hickory Grove, Smyrna, and McConnells.   In 2018, we also began sharing race proceeds with the Wesley United Methodist Church Grace and Mercy Soup Kitchen in York.  In 2020, we announced the additional sharing of race proceeds with the newly formed York School District One Education Foundation.  Poverty and education are inextricably connected.  Supporting educational initiatives can help combat the underlying structures of poverty.  

The race is co-hosted by First Presbyterian Church and Trinity Methodist Church of York, and in partnership with the City of York, individual and corporate sponsors, and local businesses and individuals.  We are proud to welcome the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd of York as an additional co-host for our 2022 race!  

We’d love for you to join us this Thanksgiving as we reconnect for our in-person race and give thanks and give back to our community!

Gobble, Gobble,

The Turkey Team

(Thanksgiving Day, 2021)       

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  1. Mayor Eddie Lee

     /  October 7, 2019

    Since this is the 10th anniversary of the Running of the Turkeys in Downtown York, I mentioned to Elizabeth that we should celebrate this wonderful event in a very special way. What do you think? Mayor Eddie Lee


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