Thankful for the Trot:  The McCarthy – Bush YMCA Turkey Trot celebrates 37 years in the Quad Cities on Thanksgiving morning

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Aside from its inaugural year, the McCarthy-Bush Corporation has been the main sponsor of the McCarthy Bush YMCA Turkey Trot. And this year, the organization wants to be more of a face during the event and not just the name on the shirt. “After the first year it was actually my Grandfather Jack Bush that had a huge admiring of the YMCA and its core values of focusing on the community, education and childhood development,” said McCarthy-Bush Corporation Director of Sales, Ben Bush. “And we thought with McCarthy- Bush continuing to support the Y and the Turkey Trot specifically would be a great way to support the community and do our small part.”

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With the race starting at the Bittner YMCA on Thanksgiving morning, those participating can choose from the Iowa American Water 1-mile family fun run, the Rhythm City Casino 5K or the Unity Point Health Trinity 5-mile run/walk. There is even a 200-meter dash option for kids 2-10 years old. Bush along with other family members and staff from his company will be at water stops and various other places on race morning cheering families and runners along. “We wanted to focus on that they’ve been with us for thirty-six years but this the first year we’ve been able to interact more with them and make them more a part of the race.” said Luis Leal – Branch Executive Director, Turkey Trot Race Director Bettendorf Family YMCA. “It’s a really exciting time for us,” explained Bush. “Not only for the Turkey Trot, but as a family owned and family focused business. McCarthy-Bush is excited to be apart and sponsor an event that lands on Thanksgiving. The focus is on family and when I say focus on family, we are a family-owned business, but we like to look at our whole corporation as a family.”

The Turkey Trot is the largest fundraiser for the YMCA and registration for this year’s event is almost tripled where it was this time last year. Leal credits his team’s push for the event and the support of the Quad City running community. “The zombie race is just before us,” explained Leal. “And when that’s done everyone looks forward to what’s next, so we got flooded with registrations over the weekend. It’s such a great running community. We’re not competing against each other. And we started the push very early this year in comparison to other years. We wanted to bring more awareness quickly.”

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As the race is how participants kick off their Thanksgiving day, the YMCA and the McCarthy – Bush organization have much to be thankful for as their event provides almost seven hundred kids a chance to go to camp and realize their full potential for their futures. “It’s been great to to see over the years what the YMCA has been able to do in the community,” said Bush. “And as long as the YMCA is willing to keep McCarthy Bush around, we’ll be happy to continue to support the YMCA and all their endeavors.”

“For me,” said Leal. “It’s all about the kids. That’s where it starts and that’s where it ends. We want to make sure they have the means to achieve their goals. That’s what this area brings to running. And it’s the same every year, we always ask, what more can we do for the kids. There our future.”

For more information or to register for this event visit, https://www.ymcaimv.org/programs-activities/community-events/

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