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Runners trot their way to the finish line at the 40th annual Turkey Trot in Cape Coral

Thousands participated in the 40th annual Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning.
Posted at 6:05 PM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 08:22:41-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- An estimated 2,500 people worked up a great appetite on Thanksgiving at the 40th annual Turkey Trot in Cape Coral. The 5k run aims to promote healthy living.

The first place winner was a local high school student, Franklin Caceres, who trains for races all the time. He was thrilled to be apart of this one. “I'm a high school cross country runner, so I’m training year round I was training for another race but I’m not able to go to that race so I came to this one and i still had fun”, Franklin Caceres.

People came from all over to support this cause. One runner from Illinois participated before heading back home for the holidays.

“I'm actually from Illinois and I’m here for a couple of months and somebody just told me about this turkey trot two days ago and I just decided, I don’t have anything else to do on Thanksgiving morning, so why not,” said Danielle Perkins.

Along the course, many families, friends, and even spectators cheered racers on as they crossed the finish line, one dad says it’s a good family tradition. “It’s kind of the same what everybody does for Thanksgiving. Everybody has holiday traditions it just one of ours to come out here beautiful morning south Florida...enjoy the day,” said Brian Huff

Many people walked and many people ran in this race but overall everyone had a great time and it was a great start to the Thanksgiving holiday in Cape Coral.