WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Before any of the food was served this Thanksgiving — runners laced up their shoes for an annual tradition at the Kent State Trumbull campus in Warren — the Turkey Trot.
The starting line was packed, runners were set, and the sound of the alarm marked the start of the 36th annual Kiwanis Club Turkey Trot.
Twenty-two hundred runners, both young and old, participated in this year’s run.
All proceeds went toward the Warren Kiwanis club.
“We use this as our one fundraiser for the year to be able to raise funds to support youth servicing organizations in warren,” incoming Warren Kiwanis Club President Paulette Edington said.
The event consisted of two races: A two-mile run and a five-mile run.
And though it was the first time running for some, others have become very familiar with the trot.
“I do stuff like this every year, wore a banana suit one year, mariachi band last year, you know anything to make people smile,” two-mile runner Nate Butler said.
Craig Rupe was the first one to finish the 5 mile race. He has been running the turkey trot for 11 years now and said he loves every minute of it.
“Oh I love it, this is my favorite event of the year,” Rupe said. “It’s just great to see all … my, like, high school friends and stuff and just the community runners here, the guys from Lakeview, McDonald, all over the area, it’s great to come out here.
The run also helps sponsor high school Key Club students from Warren G Harding, Warren JFK, and Lebrae who are looking to attend college.