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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Runners and walkers took to the streets of downtown Grand Rapids on Thanksgiving morning for the 22nd annual Turkey Trot.
The Executive Director of K-12 Athletics for Grand Rapids Public Schools Kurt Johnson estimated about 2,000 participants showed up this year.
The Turkey Trot benefits GRPS athletics, off-setting costs for students, ensuring they don’t have to pay to play.
Johnson said this year they saw a large number of online registrations, more than 1,500 participants signed up before race day.
They also added more community partnerships, including Blue Care Network of Michigan signing on as the title sponsor.
Johnson said all of the partnerships show how the annual event has become more than a holiday tradition, it’s a community-driven event.
“It really takes a lot of behind-the-scenes logistics and resources to pull off an event of this magnitude,” Johnson said. “They have stepped forward and really walked side by side with us, to make this a phenomenal event.”
There are about 6,100 students who participate in GRPS athletics, grades K through 12.