WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)– More than 1,800 people participated in the annual Eastbay Turkey Trot on Thursday. It was a 5k to prepare for a marathon of a meal.
From young kids to their grandparents, and ever a few furry friends, the run was full of family fun.
The Turkey Trot is also for a good cause. The money raised benefits the Hunger Coalition of Marathon County. Last year the trot raised $52,000, and organizers are expecting to raise even more money this year.
“To be up early and to be here and watch how much money gets raised and then how much food gets donated in today’s event is all so awesome,” said Ben Lee, the even host and organizer. “It’s not only an opportunity for us to be thankful for everything we have, but an opportunity to give back to our community.”
News 9’s very own Mike Breunling got in on the Thanksgiving Day run as well. This is the 9th year in a row that he’s participated.
The best part for the runners? Crossing the finish line so they can head home to their turkeys.
“I just love all these crazy people out here doing this. We see a lot of the same faces and everyone is out here for a good cause. And it feels so good when we’re done and we can go home and be warm and eat,” said Allison Oliphant of Eau Claire.