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19th Annual Turkey Trot Draws Thousands into the Streets

SPRINGIELD, Mo. – In a Thanksgiving tradition, thousands of people flooded Springfield streets for the 19th Annual Turkey Trot.
SPRINGIELD, Mo. – In a Thanksgiving tradition, thousands of people flooded Springfield streets for the 19th Annual Turkey Trot.

Turkey Trot Event Director Anne-Mary McGrath says almost 8,000 people attended the 5K this year, a drop from last year’s 9,007 participants.

Still, the race leads as the largest 5K in Missouri and the largest annual event in Springfield.

According to McGrath, these numbers are way better than the first-ever Turkey Trot.

“The first year we held this event, it was 17 degrees,” says McGrath. “And we had 117 people.”

Besides the masses of people drawn in to the city of Springfield, the race also serves another purpose.  Proceeds from the race help fund the Springfield Park Board Scholarship and help out the Developmental Center of the Ozarks, according to McGrath.

The race also serves as the single largest one-day food collection event for area food bank Ozarks Food Harvest.

Though race organizers won’t know how much food was brought in this year until food trucks gather it all up on Monday (Dec. 2), historically an average of 5,000 pounds of food has been collected on race day, says McGrath.

Did you participate in the 19th Annual Turkey Trot?  Check out where you placed here.


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