DALLAS, TX -- Long before the turkey was carved, belts were loosened and the game kicked-off, some ‘early birds’ were pounding the pavement.
"Just being out here with our family and thousands of people that are here, it’s such a great experience," one father-daughter duo said of participating in the annual Turkey Trot. "I just love coming out here every year. This year I came with my dad and it was a great time,” the daughter added.
The annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot was held Thanksgiving morning. For some, the charity run is as traditional as a turkey day dinner.
"Every year we’ve been in Dallas for Thanksgiving, we’ve done the Turkey Trot. I would say I’ve done eight or 10 of them," another participant said.
"It was really fun running three miles and I beat my mom,” another young runner added.
"This Turkey Trot is pretty fun coming out with family and friends I believe this is my fourth, I think. Yeah, I liked it – it was pretty fun.”
For others, the event held a more significant meaning. "The reason I do this is to honor those who don’t have the chance to come home and spend time with their loved ones that are on tour, those that will never come home and those that have given the ultimate sacrifice,” one solider explained.
"I wanted to do this run to honor those who came before me,” another said.
For all, it was a morning for family, friends, thanks and pre-food fest cardio.