We are Older, But Better, But Older

A Fast History of the 113-Year-Old Tradition

Started in 1908, Greater Cincinnati's turkey day run is the sixth oldest race in America, behind only the Boston Marathon and a handful of other nearly century-old events, according to Runner's World Magazine.

The 2022 race is the 113th in its history, interrupted in 1918, when World War I intervened, in 1936, when management problems caused the race to miss a year, and in 2020 when Covid lock downs forced everyone to run virtually.

The event's origins — and the choice of Thanksgiving Day — are a bit hazy even to long-time race organizers. Some say the race was started by the downtown YMCA under the provisions of its charter. Others suggest that a few local runners simply decided to organize a race one year, chose a holiday when most people would be off work and never imagined that it still would be going strong in the 21st century. ...MORE

Oh, What Fun It is to Run with Everyone!

Something wonderful is about to happen: The 113rd Western & Southern Thanksgiving Day Run. Just imagine—if you still can—a big, beautiful Cincinnati starting line filled with your entire family and thousands of friends. Go Cincinnati Go! We are all together again for a happy, healthy, and thankful tradition, and there’s room for everyone—EVERYONE. The holiday running party can never be too large.

There’s more! You can capture the tradition with this year’s limited edition, long-sleeve soft shirt, a stuffed goodie bag, running gloves, and more.

We can’t do it without you, your family, your laughs, and your finish line pose. Let it be Thanksgiving in Cincinnati. Sign-up and smile.

You Absolutely CAN Make a Difference

When you donate and run in the Western & Southern Thanksgiving Day Race, whether you’re aware or not, you run for a cause. You run for the UC Barrett Cancer Center, for Cancer Free Kids, for the Alzheimer’s Association, for Girls on the Run, for Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

You run for Cincinnati. You run for education. You run to cure cancer. You run to inspire young girls. You run for something good. Small faithful steps make all the difference.