Turkey Trotters Get an Extra Helping of Motivation

Western New York Ford Dealers set the pace and serve Thanksgiving Surprise

WNY Ford Dealers surprised Buffalo Turkey Trotters with a decked out Built Tough Ford F-150 pace truck.
WNY Ford Dealers surprised Buffalo Turkey Trotters with a decked out Built Tough Ford F-150 pace truck.
  • WNY Ford Dealers surprised Buffalo Turkey Trotters with a decked out Built Tough Ford F-150 pace truck.
    WNY Ford Dealers surprised Buffalo Turkey Trotters with a decked out Built Tough Ford F-150 pace truck.
    WNY Ford Dealers surprised Buffalo Turkey Trotters with a decked out Built Tough Ford F-150 pace truck.
    WNY Ford Dealers surprised Buffalo Turkey Trotters with a decked out Built Tough Ford F-150 pace truck.
  • The WNY Ford mascot posed with tons of festive Buffalo Turkey Trotters.
    The WNY Ford mascot posed with tons of festive Buffalo Turkey Trotters.
    The WNY Ford mascot posed with tons of festive Buffalo Turkey Trotters.
    The WNY Ford mascot posed with tons of festive Buffalo Turkey Trotters.
  • Turkey Trotters sprinted off the starting line, using the WNY Ford pace truck as motivation.
    Turkey Trotters sprinted off the starting line, using the WNY Ford pace truck as motivation.
    Turkey Trotters sprinted off the starting line, using the WNY Ford pace truck as motivation.
    Turkey Trotters sprinted off the starting line, using the WNY Ford pace truck as motivation.
  • Turkey Trotters were also motivated by WNY Ford half-mile markers.
    Turkey Trotters were also motivated by WNY Ford half-mile markers.
    Turkey Trotters were also motivated by WNY Ford half-mile markers.
    Turkey Trotters were also motivated by WNY Ford half-mile markers.
  • After crossing the finish line, Turkey Trotters posed for WNY Ford.
    After crossing the finish line, Turkey Trotters posed for WNY Ford.
    After crossing the finish line, Turkey Trotters posed for WNY Ford.
    After crossing the finish line, Turkey Trotters posed for WNY Ford.
  • The mascot is excited that WNY Ford sponsored the 116th annual YMCA Turkey Trot.
    The mascot is excited that WNY Ford sponsored the 116th annual YMCA Turkey Trot.
    The mascot is excited that WNY Ford sponsored the 116th annual YMCA Turkey Trot.
    The mascot is excited that WNY Ford sponsored the 116th annual YMCA Turkey Trot.

Buffalo’s Turkey Trotters got a little extra motivation Thanksgiving morning, as the Western New York Ford Dealers surprised runners and spectators with a decked out Built Ford Tough F-150 pace truck, the official truck of the 116th annual YMCA Turkey Trot.

“The WNY Ford Dealers are proud to sponsor the YMCA Turkey Trot again this year,” said Chuck Basil, chairman of the WNY Ford Dealers. “We appreciate being a part of the fun Thanksgiving tradition that benefits a deserving organization, and attracts participants living in our community as well as those visiting for the holiday.”

WNY Ford’s Thanksgiving pace truck featured an oversized turkey’s backside, accompanied by a message that touted: “If you’re not the lead bird, the view never changes.” The pace truck, a Ford F-150 and America’s Best-Selling Truck for 34 years, led the way as 13,200 runners set a new record for the largest-ever Turkey Trot.

“When thinking about the design for this year’s pace truck, we were influenced by the fun nature of the Turkey Trot; every year the runners’ costumes get a little wilder,” added Basil. “We joined in on the fun by dressing up an F-150 to create a Thanksgiving Day parade float that was designed to get runners moving.”

In addition to the pace truck, the WNY Ford Dealers introduced a one-time-only Thanksgiving turkey mascot. The mascot handed out 116 Ford t-shirts (in honor of the 116th race anniversary) to runners and fans, posed for pictures, and cheered on participants along the way.

About the WNY Ford Dealers
The Western New York Ford Dealers are part of the Western New York Ford Stores, an advertising cooperative comprised of 31 dealer locations that provides support for Ford vehicle sales and service in the 13 counties of Western New York and Rochester, and two counties in Northern Pennsylvania.