Runners dodge raindrops for Bradenton's 20th 'give to run' Turkey Trot

Ross Houston
November 24, 2017

While many got an early start in the kitchen this Thanksgiving, more than 17-hundred got started on the pavement.

This is the 8th year of the Turkey Trot, held at Eastbay, giving to those less fortunate by collecting food and monetary donations for the Marathon County Hunger Coalition.

"This is really going to help some families", Leiker said.

Al Longo of Williamsville decided to dress up as a portable toilet
Al Longo of Williamsville decided to dress up as a portable toilet. Credit Brian Meyer WBFO

The Turkey Trot offered a 10 K and a 5 K race.along with the Kids Run as well. "I think over the ten years that festival has been doing this they've given out over a million dollars to those organizations in each community", said Ken Van Es, Eau Claire YMCA Executive Director.

People laced up their running shoes and burned off some calories before sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner.

The same was true for Aaron Kirkland who invited his daughter, Kara, and wife, Kim, to run the 5K with him this Thanksgiving. "When we look at the people are racing today they're from all over the country coming to Naperville to visit family and turn this into a family tradition".

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.

Celebrating their twentieth annual run, the Naperville Noon Lions Club's Turkey Trot took off this morning at Naperville Central High School.

"I decided go from a couch potato to being a marathon runner", he said.

They pick a new location every year and this year, "Grandma" Kathy Grosso and her husband, Don, landed on the Springs.

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