12th annual Johnson City Turkey Trot: largest turnout to date
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The streets of Johnson City filled on Thanksgiving Day with people participating in the 12th annual Turkey Trot. Whether they're on two feet, or four, the Johnson City Turkey Trot saw more than 4,000 participants from 29 states.
"It's a 3.1 mile walk or run, dogs are welcome. This is primarily a family event, but we do have several competitive runners that go out and try hard and do very well," says main event sponsor Up and At 'Em board member Charles Harmon.
The Turkey Trot is becoming a thanksgiving family tradition for some.
"We've done the Turkey Trot for several years, we always enjoy it. It's a good way to have fun with friends and family," says turkey trotter Amanda Clough.
"I'm with my family, I have five other family members, four running, and my sister's walking with me. My one daughter is running, who's 13," says turkey trotter Brigid Falasca.
These turkey trotters say the event is a special way to bring the community together on thanksgiving day.
"I think it's great just to get people together. It's a great way for people to definitely get in some exercise before whatever they eat later this afternoon. There's all kinds of people here with their pets and with extended family so it's always just a great event," Clough says.
"I think it's great because it brings everybody together. It promotes physical fitness. You got families out here and everybody just moving. I just think it's a lot of fun and it makes it a real festive occasion," Falasca says.
Over the past 11 years, the Turkey Trot has raised over $100,000. That money goes right back into the community to organizations promoting health and wellness in our area.