Thanksgiving day kicks off with Shreveport Annual Turkey Trot

Shreveport, LA (KSLA)- In 20 minutes, most of us can't finish a plate of turkey and dressing, but this morning,  runners finished 3.2 miles in that time.

The Shreveport Annual Turkey Trot kicked off this morning as hundreds got their run on.

The run has become a tradition in Shreveport and this year marked its 23rd year.

The Shreveport Annual Turkey Trot is a race that breaks the tradition of pigging out and sitting back and organizers say that this year, it's become more popular than ever with a crowd turn out that beat all the previous years in number.

"About 1300 or 1400 people, even in the rainy weather, but it's actually perfect for those guys that really want to run," said Matt Brown with Sports Spectrum.

The forecast didn't look good for the race, but the rain still surprised some runners.

"I didn't think it was going to be raining but then it started pouring down rain," said Nicholas Rambis, who ran the fun run.

The turkeys trotted 3.2 miles in the misty weather, and because of the conditions, the track moved from the trails where the race started to the roadways, which was no problem to runners.

"The weather was pretty good overall. Nice and mild and it felt really good running," added Rambis.

Despite the weather, the race gave families another way to come together this Thanksgiving, other than around a dinner table.

"Families are in town looking for something healthy to do before the big turkey feast," said Kathryn Davis, a Turkey Trotter

The run reminded runners of one more thing they have to be thankful for:

"Get a little fitness in on Thanksgiving. Be thankful we have 2 legs that work!"

The top male and female finishers in the race scored one of four fried turkeys.

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