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Turkey Trotters Prepare for the Race

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--Only half a day left until the 23rd annual Turkey Trot in downtown Springfield.

Wednesday, people who registered early,  picked up their packets and shirts at the expo center.

The 5k race attracts on average seven thousand runners across the Ozarks.

It event also raises money for the developmental center of the Ozarks and the Greene county park board.

Although temperatures Thursday morning may be a bit on the cool side, the director of the Turkey Trot says with no chance for rain, everyone should come out and run!

"This is our 23rd year, when we started the first year, we had 117 participants," said Anne-Mary McGrath. "And everyone thought we were crazy to do something Thanksgiving morning. There's an environment, there's an energy, there's a passion most of the people who participate in this event are walkers. They're coming with their families, their kids in strollers, they're bringing their family pet. It's really about the community and you're done in less than an hour."

While we there we got to talk to a few runners who were getting their number for the race tomorrow.

Some say they use the event to practice their 5k time and others say the run makes them feel better about eating a huge Thanksgiving meal later in the day.

But we met one woman who's been doing the race, every year since she was 5 years old!

"Yeah, I've done this every Thanksgiving since I've been growing up," said runner Jessica Weedin. "When I was 9 years old I actually got I think I got first place in my age group. So that's like one of my big life accomplishments I know. But I've done this for...Every year since I was very little."

So here's everything you need to know about the race...

The doors open at 6 am -- and the race starts at 8.

If you didn't register today -- you can still do so tomorrow before the race.

 It's $30 for adults and $25  for kids 12 and under you're asked to bring 5 cans of non-perishable food items.

The 3-mile run will is divided into 3 waves -- with elite runners in the front, and walkers and pets in the back.

Saint Louis Street will close Wednesday night -- but you can use the parking garage tomorrow.

Kolr 10 will be covering the turkey trot -- so we hope to see you there -- and come by and say hello! Good luck!


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