Largest 5-mile run in Texas benefits Caritas of Austin for 26 years

Thousands of runners and walkers laced up their shoes for the 26th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
Thousands of runners and walkers laced up their shoes for the 26th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Turkeys, pilgrims, chefs and runners in a variety of other costumes lined up at the start line of the 26th annual Turkey Trot Thursday morning.

More than 20,000 runners and walkers of all ages laced up their shoes to start of their Thanksgiving with either a 5-mile run or 1-mile walk.

The Turkey Trot is put on by ThunderCloud Subs every year with the help of hundreds of volunteers. All of the proceeds from the event benefit Caritas of Austin, which helps people in need throughout Austin and fights poverty, hunger and homelessness. Last year alone the Turkey Trot raised $295,000 and nearly $3 million has been donated since the event began in 1991.

This year event organizers set a goal to raise $320,000. Maurice Fowler, who ran in the Turkey Trot and helped them get closer to reaching that goal, knows from experience the impact of the event’s cause because he was a Caritas client himself.

“What the money being raised through Turkey Trot…is to help people like myself,” Fowler said. “It goes to help the homeless people and people that’s not so fortunate.”

Jessica Walton also ran in the Turkey Trot. She says it sets the tone for her Thanksgiving and reminds her what the holidays are all about.

“We’re trying to learn more about giving thanks and being grateful and helping others, so it all relates,” she said.

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