A Thanksgiving Day Tradition

While others are putting turkeys in the oven or nestling on the couch watching the Macy’s Day Parade, runners of all ages will be celebrating the spirit of giving at the YMCA Camp Letts Turkey Chase Charity Race!

Held on Thanksgiving morning, the Turkey Chase is our largest fundraiser and most buzzed about event every year! Turkey Chase proceeds help send children and young adults to overnight and day camp programs here at Camp Letts. Join us to reconnect with camp, bond with friends and family and get a healthy start to the holiday season!


2020 COVID-19 Update

YMCA Camp Letts Turkey Chase is teaming up with all the branches in YMCA of Metropolitan Washington for an exciting VIRTUAL Turkey Chase this year. Find more information here.


2019 Results and Recap

Thank you to all of the nearly 800 individuals who joined us for the 20th Annual Camp Letts Turkey Chase Charity Race. Because of our runners and sponsors, we raised more than $40,000, enabling us to send over 50 children in need to a week of overnight camp. Thank you again for your support of this great cause!

Here are the results:

Thank you for an inspiring and memorable event, and we hope to see you next Thanksgiving!

2019 Race Day Pictures 










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To view more pictures from the 2019 Turkey Chase click here.

The Course

The 10K Race begins on the Camp Letts dirt and gravel driveway, though a trail onto the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center next door, a brief patch around a field and then a short stint on Muddy Creek Road and back again. The 5K fun run/walk is the length of the dirt and gravel driveway and back. Both courses can be run with a stroller.