Record-breaking crowd runs 2016 GR Turkey Trot

Use your feet before you eat this Thanksgiving

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The 24th annual Turkey Trot 5K in Downtown Grand Rapids Thursday morning was stuffed with runners.

This year’s race had about 3,200 registered runners. The previous record was 2,400 Turkey Trotters.

Their slogan, “Use your feet before you eat”, is about much more than just the exercise you get from the 3.1 mile course.

Proceeds from the race benefit Grand Rapids Public School athletics.

They are one of few districts in the area that don’t enforce a “pay for play” system, where athletes front the cost for taking part in sports.

“Athletics have a direct impact on the community,” Justin Walker said, the Dean of Students at Union High School. “Our young people, after school they have something positive to do. We have great coaches. We have great staff members here and we have a great community in Grand Rapids.”

Turkey Trot organizers boast the race as the biggest and best holiday race in Grand Rapids.

This year, they even offered a free Mini-Trot for kids with prizes going to those finishers. Medals were awarded to the top three of each age group.

Through the annual Turkey Trot, GRPS aims to bring the community together around fitness and nutrition.

A fitting goal on a day where the average American will consume around 4,500 calories and around 229 grams of fat.