Niles Buchanan YMCA

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Niles-Buchanan YMCA

Thanksgiving Day Run

2015 Annual Thanksgiving Day Run

For 34 years the Niles-Buchanan YMCA has hosted a Thanksgiving Day Run in the community. It has become a tradition for many people who live or visit the Niles-Buchanan area at Thanksgiving. Last year, 2,185 people from 34 states participated in the 10k Run, 5k Run/Walk, or the Kids 1 Mile Fun Run. Proceeds from the Thanksgiving Day Run support the Strong Kids Campaign which provides financial support to families through membership scholarships. In 2014, with the generous support of the community, we provided $113,676 in membership scholarships to over 800 individuals/families. The Strong Kids Campaign opens the door for many families and youth in our community who might not otherwise have access to a Y membership or programming due to financial hardships.

We have an amazing opportunity to make a difference in our community. It might be something as simple as teaching a child how to swim, or help someone find a path to a healthier lifestyle, or helping a teenager gain self confidence. Your generous donation helps the Niles-Buchanan Y ensure the youth and families in our communities have access to programs that promote healthier and more productive lives, regardless of their background or financial situation. Last year, funds from the Strong Kids Campaign supported programs to over 1,700 children and families in the Niles-Buchanan community.
—Mark D. Weber, CEO—Niles-Buchanan YMCA

Schedule of Events

  • 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Pick up packets

  • 6:30 am – Registration Begins

  • 7:45 am – 10K run begins

  • 9:15 am – 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run begins

5K & 10k Course Maps

PLEASE NOTE - To avoid road detours due to race, we suggest the following:

  • If you are coming from the West take the U.S. 31 bypass to Walton Rd. then right on business 31 which will take you right to the YMCA.

  • If you are coming from the East take 12 to the intersection of Main and 13th street go straight on 13th street and follow that down turn left on Wayne street. At the intersection of 5th street and Wayne you can turn left, go straight or turn right and find parking on the backside of the YMCA.


  • Trophies will be presented to the overall male and female winner in the 10K Run and 5K run

  • Medals will be presented to the first 3 finishers in each age group in the 10k Run and 5k Run

  • The 1 Mile Fun Run is non-competitive event

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? This race would not be possible without the support of hundreds of volunteers. The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is still looking for people to work various positions along the race route including human directional to encourage and direct the walkers/runners; and water/first aide station attendants. Groups and families are welcome to volunteer together Thanksgiving Day morning.

Please contact Andre Gresham at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA to inquire about volunteer opportunities at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 269-683-1552.

Niles-Buchanan YMCA

905 North Front Street
Niles, Michigan 49120

Phone: (269) 683-1552
Fax: (269) 683-9927
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Schedule of Events

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All proceeds from this event support the YMCA’s Financial Assistance Fund.

For more information please call 269-683-1552.

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