7,000 runners for Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble

By Ava

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) It was the sprint before the feast as more than 7,000 turkeys and pilgrims all began running and walking through downtown Charleston.

"We've started to notice that since it's been going on for 36 years people that have had kids now ran it as children and they're bringing their kids back now. You know it's something to get out run off your calories for later, so people really just enjoy it," says Danielle Snider, the race media director.

Snider says they surpassed their registered runners goal at 7,155 runners. On Facebook THursday afternoon, the group said 7,386 people registered and 6,558 of them crossed the finish line.

She says last year the Knights of Columbus raised close to $80,000 for local charities.

"We've been here I guess four or five years in a row now. It's a charity event and we love to participate, no matter how cold it is," said Charleston resident Thomas Martin. {}

Snider says it's clear the 5K is not only a Turkey Day tradition but a family tradition.{}

"My parents have done it every year since 1988; I've done it every year since, but I've missed a few in between," said William Rodwell who ran his 20th Turkey Day run. {}

Another clear tradition is the festive head gear.

"My hat is covering my ears and holding my headphones in. These are great. It could have been a cooked turkey on my head," said Julie Martin.

If you're tired of turkey, how about a little duck.

"I'm Jase and I'm Willie," said Michelle and Chelsea Greene.

The girls set out to burn calories before dinner, and their creative costumes also offered a source of warmth during the brisk November run.

"They are very warm, they're like a whole face warmer. Oh yeah, it took us years to grow these things out," said Michelle Greene.

Most runners say the 5K is just the warm up for the main event.

"It's a good way to work up an appetite and chow down the rest of the day," said Rodwell.

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