Niles-Buchanan YMCA Thanksgiving Day Run

Thu November 24, 2022 Niles, MI 49120 US Directions


Niles-Buchanan YMCA
905 N. Front Street
Niles, MI US 49120


For over 40 years, the Niles-Buchanan YMCA Thanksgiving Day Run has brought our community together for a morning of fun and fundraising for the Y's annual campaign. Traditionally, over 2,200 people lace up their shoes, bundle the kids, and head off to create memories. Whether their motivation is to outrun Tom the turkey or burn off those holiday calories, the goal is to celebrate a day of appreciation together with family and friends. 


Our Cause

When you support Thanksgiving Day Run, you make our community better and build strength in those who live here. Since its inception in 1982, support from local businesses and individuals has powered a multitude of YMCA programs including, water safety, youth sports, Summer My Way® day camp, Y-Club before and after school care, and many more.


Early Registration - until 11:59 pm on 10/30/2022
$30 per person
$25 per person for households of 2-8 participants

Regular Registration – 10/31/22-11/22/22
$35 per person
$30 per person for households of 2-8 participants

Late Registration – 11/23/22-11/24/22
$40 per person

  • No refunds.
  • No additional discounts available.
  • Shirts not guaranteed after 10/30/22 registration.
  • Bibs are active for both the 5K & 10K.
  • Strollers are allowed; no fee for children in strollers.
  • Dogs are not allowed.

Multi-Person Pricing

Multi-Person Pricing gives a $5.00 discount for up to 8 people in your household. Pricing ends Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Race Registration Locations

Niles-Buchanan YMCA • 905 N. Front Street, Niles, MI 49120

Virtual Event Option

With a virtual race, you can run the distance anywhere! For example, you can run in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, at a nearby park, or even on the original course! You will have between Thursday, November 24, and Saturday, December 3 to complete your race and upload your time. Virtual runners will still receive this year’s race shirt. Further instructions will be emailed to participants before the virtual race opens.


Must register before Sunday, October 30 at 11:59 pm to be guaranteed a shirt. Shirts are long sleeve, dry-fit material. All participants who register before the cutoff date, including virtual, will receive a shirt.


Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female winners in the 10K Run and 5K Run.

Medals will be awarded to the top three females and males in each age group in the 10K and 5K events.

Age Groups:

  • 0-4
  • 5-9
  • 10-14
  • 15-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-79
  • 80+

The 1 Mile Fun Run is a non-competitive event.

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pickup will be held at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA:

  • Wednesday, November 23 from 1:00-6:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 24 from 6:30-8:00 am

Participants will receive this year's race shirt, a drawstring bag courtesy of Honor Credit Union, and other goodies while supplies last.


Course Map

Attachment includes maps for 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Fun Run.


Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


Directions to the Y

Due to the earlier start time of the 10K race, some roads leading to the Niles-Buchanan YMCA may be closed when 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run participants are traveling to the Y. Please give yourself ample time for travel and parking.

  • Traveling US-31 – Use Walton Road exit #7 to M-139 South. Road to YMCA will be blocked from Niles-Buchanan Road exit #5.
  • Traveling N 5th Street – Take Pucker Street >Ullery Road > Pucker Street Drive or M-140 > M-139 South. All roads traveling to the YMCA past Pucker Street will be blocked off (Pokagon Street, Dey Street, Wayne Street, Main Street, etc.)


Parking is available at and around the Niles-Buchanan YMCA:

  • Niles-Buchanan YMCA, 905 N Front Street
  • Berrien County Courthouse, 1205 N Front Street
  • Dr. Richard Beckermeyer DDS, 123 Marmont Street
  • Millin Automotive, 705 N 2nd Street
  • Ginny's Place, 402 Wayne Street
  • Niles City Hall, 333 N 2nd Street


We are excited to offer both in-person and virtual options for the 41st annual Niles-Buchanan YMCA Thanksgiving Day Run on Thursday, November 24!

Our in-person event is in need of the following types of volunteers:

  • Race Day Packet Pick-Up: Volunteers will be placed at stations to hand out race packets to participating runners.
    Course Route: Volunteers will be placed at various locations throughout the course route to instruct runners on directions. There are three races: 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run.
  • Water Stations: Volunteers will be placed at various stations along race routes to hand out water to participating runners. We will provide participants with open cups of water. 
  • Clean-Up: Volunteers will be needed at the end of the event to help clean up different areas.
  • Place me where needed: Volunteers will be placed where they are needed the most.

All volunteers will need to stop by the Niles-Buchanan YMCA between 1:00-6:00 PM on Wednesday, November 23 to receive directions and pick up their Thanksgiving Day Run shirt.

Please contact Sammee Schaller, event volunteer coordinator, at or 269-683-1552 with questions or to volunteer.

Start/Finish Line

  • The 5K and 10K start on 2nd Street behind the YMCA.
  • The 1-Mile Fun Run starts and ends at Plym Park.


Please note, city streets will remain open during the event. Be sure to stay within the coned/barricaded lanes. There could be minimal traffic in the oncoming lanes.

Restrooms/Locker Rooms

YMCA restrooms and locker rooms will not be available during this event.
Porta-potties have been rented to accommodate participants.

Timing & Scoring

Timing is done by Classic Race Management. Results will be posted immediately following the event.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at




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