The Trot's virtual swag bag, which is being organized by YOPP and AED's Shop Arlington Program, will highlight for race registrants the Arlington businesses running sales, events and promotions during the 2015 holiday season. Trot registrants are being encouraged to download YOPP and grab the purple tickets that small businesses post and then redeem them with online and brick and mortar businesses during the holiday season. 

Businesses that want to participate in the virtual swag must post an invite for a sale, event or promotion on YOPP by Nov. 13th. Businesses are also encouraged to cross-promote their fellow small businesses by promoting how to find and use their invite/purple ticket on YOPP.  

Shop Arlington this holiday season!

The Arlington Small Business Alliance (ASBA) is excited to announce that we've formed a partnership with the Arlington Turkey Trot,  Arlington Economic Development’s (AED) Shop Arlington Program and YOPP to raise awareness of small businesses in Arlington this holiday season.  In honor of the Trot's 10th Anniversary, small business owners and employees are invited to form teams to run the Trot, wear special purple T-shirts, and participate in a virtual swag bag being promoted to race registrants and organized by the mobile application YOPP and AED’s Shop Arlington Program. 

Race registrants will also be given the option to donate an additional $2 to support the Arlington Small Business Alliance when they register. 

The Trot is a 5K Fun Run/Walk that takes place annually on Thanksgiving morning and benefits five critical Arlington charities: Doorways for Women and Families, Bridges to Independence, Linden Resources, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), and the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN).  Last year, the Trot raised over $65,000 for the charities, from both sponsorships and the 4,000 race registrants. This year, the Race is expecting 5000 runners.

Sign-up to run the Trot here. Don't forget to identify yourself as a small business so you receive a purple tee-shirt and be sure to donate $2 to support the Arlington Small Business Alliance.

If your business is interested in sponsoring the Trot please visit the Arlington Turkey Trot website for additional information.

Want to volunteer to support the Trot on race day.  Sign-up here.

If you would like to sponsor the Arlington Small Business Alliance or become a volunteer member, please contact us at

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