"I love seeing grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins extended families all meet up and come to the turkey trot before they sit down to their dinner", Shananhan said. "On a day like Thanksgiving where it's about gratitude for the people around you, it's nice to just feel that sense of community and go do something together". But the soggy weather didn't seem to dampen spirits as walkers and runners gathered at the starting line near the DeSoto National Memorial on Thursday. The $20 entry fees to participate in the race also supports and supplements the athletic teams' budgets.
"Runners! On your mark!" a voice bellowed through a megaphone and a loud noise signaled the start. For many others like Jack and Jason Weidman, this year was their very first Turkey Trot.
The same was true for Aaron Kirkland who invited his daughter, Kara, and wife, Kim, to run the 5K with him this Thanksgiving.
"We have extended family that runs with us".
The annual event brings almost 20,000 supporters and runners of all ages who are hot to trot for a good cause.to raise almost a million dollars.
The family is found their passion for running about six years ago when Aaron Kirkland took up running after his father passed away from lung cancer.
It's a Thanksgiving tradition for some. The event will start at the Travers Park lot (1202 W. Pine St.) at 9 a.m.
Organizers said they sold out this year.