Niles Buchanan YMCA

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Niles-Buchanan YMCA

Thanksgiving Day Run

2015 Annual Thanksgiving Day Run


The Niles-Buchanan YMCA Thanksgiving Day Run is the largest and most popular Thanksgiving day race in the Michiana area. Last year we had 2,310 runners from 24 states. All proceeds from this race go directly to our Strong Kids Campaign which serves youth in 4 counties; Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, and St Joseph, IN. The Niles-Buchanan YMCA has hosted the family-friendly run for 32 years. The Thanksgiving Day run offers both 10k and 5k run or walk and a 1 mile fun run.

The Strong Kids Campaign is an annual fundraising campaign focused on raising much needed resources to support proven YMCA programs that give kids the opportunities they need to reach their full potential: to live healthier, happier lives today, and grow into productive adults in the future. Supporting the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign directly helps children, teens and young adults in your community. Together, we can build a healthy community.

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

  • Day of Registration begins at 6:30 am

  • 8:00 – 10K run begins

  • 9:15 am – 5K run, 1 mile fun run and walk 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.


There will be take home awards for the overall winners in the running and walking events. Awards will be presented to the top three runners in all categories in the 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk. The 1 mile fun run is a non-competitive event.


Niles-Buchanan YMCA

905 North Front Street
Niles, Michigan 49120

Phone: (269) 683-1552
Fax: (269) 683-9927
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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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