Over One hundred runners and walkers were up early in the morning in cold temperatures to kick off their Thanksgiving holiday with the 2013 Portneuf Valley 5K Turkey Trot which is held annually by the River of Life Church in Pocatello.
"Well it's nice to have a run this time of year, There aren't really that many 5K's or 10K's when you get this late into the season, so it's kind of a nice opportunity to get out and get some fresh air and maybe burn a few calories before that Thanksgiving dinner,” says, Andrew Newman, Turkey Trot participant.
"I think it is important for people to get together with their families and realize that Thanksgiving is all about families and doing things that are enjoyable with people you love,” says, Aliesa Parent, 5K runner.
5K participant Will Nelson says he is happy with his finishing time.
"Good, I beat my mom,” says, Will Nelson, Turkey Trot participant.
"It's a great activity for families and you can get your exercise in before you have your big meal and gorgeous weather and I think it's great,” says, Bonny Schroeder, 5K participant.
The turkey trotters are not only running to stay in shape, but they are in a race against hunger.
"It's mostly about the Idaho Food Bank benefitting for the cause and also all of our runners, we are trying to promote health, we are trying to promote wellness during this season and with so many people having hard times, especially during the holidays, we just want to be a part of that,” says, Kelly Grady, River of Life Church.
"Well it raises a lot of money for the Food Bank and then for this run in particular, it raises money for their outreach program that they have,” says, Andrea Faust, 5K participant.
First place runner, Adam Sigler says there are many reasons for him to come out and support this event.
" Coming out and having fun with your family and friends out here and doing something athletic on a day where you are going to eat a lot probably and then supporting the Food Bank, for those people who need help to eat a lot today,” says, Adam Sigler, 1st place runner in the Turkey Trot.