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Hundreds brave cold for Turkey Day 8K

RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Turkey Day 8K gets bigger and bigger every year. The race started four years ago with about 30 participants. This Thanksgiving more than 850 runners, walkers and joggers hit the streets of Ridgeland and braved the cold for what's now become a Thanksgiving Day tradition.

Participants wrapped up for the bitter cold.

"We'll do jumping jacks in a few minutes I'll have the turkeys out there doing jumping jacks no stopping on this race," said Trina Wilson, a Turkey Day 8K runner who was decked out with a festive piece of turkey headgear on.

Just about everyone layered up to brace the 30 degree temperatures.

"I've got like under armor pants and then these pants on top of that an under armor shirt a t-shirt and this jacket," said runner Rita Ellis.

Despite the cold temperatures some Turkey Day 8K participants said the frigid temperatures don't matter when they think about how grateful they are.

"I'm thankful that I can be out here this morning and I'm thankful for the troops that are not able to be out here with us today this is for them as well," said Ellis.

"When you think about the people who can't walk or be here or anything then you have the enticement to be here," said Wilson.

In 2012 about $5,000 was raised through the Turkey Day 8K for the City of Ridgeland's multi-use trails. All proceeds this year will go to the very same cause. The race is hosted by the Fleet Feet Store in Ridgeland.

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