Turkey trotters keep spirits up despite downpour at annual run

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot celebrates 25th anniversary

AUSTIN -- It was a soaker at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot Thursday morning, but that didn't dampen spirits.

It's estimated about 20,000 people came out to the Long Center for the 25th annual Austin tradition.

Families from all over the nation exchanged their oven mitts and basters for ponchos and umbrellas to walk, trot and even sprint with their 'little turkeys' through downtown Austin.

It's all to benefit Caritas of Austin, which provides housing, employment, education and food services to more than 20,000 homeless, working poor and documented refugees in Travis County. Since the event started in 1991, ThunderCloud Subs has helped raise about $2.5 million for the non-profit.

It's also become an important tradition for families.

"My nephews are from Rockport," said runner Marji Stark. "I'm originally from Austin, but we live in Kansas City. My daughter lives in Dallas. So, we meet up here and do the Turkey Trot."

"We have so much to be thankful for," added her daughter, Hillary. "It's just a good way of reminding us that family is the most important thing of all. It's a fun tradition."

The costumes have also become a mainstay.

The "Kids K" kicked off at 8:45 a.m. with children dressed as turkeys, pilgrims, Native Americans and even super heroes.

Then it was time for the adults to stretch their turkey legs. The timed race started at 9:30 a.m. The walk followed at 9:45 a.m.

The day wasn't complete without Austin's four-legged friends. Dozens of race-goers palled around with their pooches. Taking advantage of the puddles, they also didn't seem to mind the rain.


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