Thousands participate in Thanksgiving Turkey Trot


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on November 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 28 at 2:43 PM

AUSTIN -- Thousands of people raced through Austin Thursday morning for the 23rd annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot.

Organizers expected 23,000 participants from 47 states.

The Turkey Trot has been an Austin Thanksgiving tradition since 1991, raising $1.8 million for Caritas of Austin.

The five-mile course starts on the South 1st Street bridge, with runners heading north on Lavaca Street, west on 15th Street, south on the MoPac frontage road, east on Cesar Chavez Street, then back across the 1st Street bridge to the finish line on Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center.

The Turkey Trot got underway at 9:30 a.m. Most road closures along the route started at 8:30 a.m. and expire at noon.

Rory Tunningley, 23, won the men's division of the race in just over 24 minutes. For the women, 20-year-old Rachel Baptista finished in 29:19.

There was also a one-mile race and a Kids' K.

Last year's race raised $325,000 for Caritas. Thundercloud Subs hopes to raise even more this year.

Find more information about the Turkey Trot, which KVUE sponsors, here.

See the race kick off with KVUE's Tina Shively's Vine video below: