Turkey Trot Tops Off Thanksgiving Morning

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email
For many people, Thanksgiving morning always starts off with a trot.  Today was no different in Sparks, where the annual Scheels Turkey Trot attracted more than 2,000 participants.

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SPARKS, NV - It was a rousing start to the morning. Kids, teenagers, and adults gathered outside of the Scheels Parking lot at the Outlet at Legends to get moving.

"We're here to run!" said one participant.

Some of those who showed up were newbies, like 9-year-old Olivia Johnston.

"This is my first time," she said.

Others were serious athletes who decided to come with a light-hearted attitude.

"I'm going to run six miles or ten kilometers in this," said Jerry Pruitt, a runner from California who participants in the Turkey Trot every year. He was wearing a turkey costume.

At 8:30 am, Sparks' mayor counted down to the start of the 10K race - and the runners took off.

It was too late for cold feet, but many were just thinking about how they were going to fill their stomachs after the run.

"My mom said if I run this, I get two desserts," said one young runner, who decided on pumpkin pie and pumpkin cookies.

"I'm thinking we could have pie for the rest of the week!" said another runner.

Her friend agreed: "Twenty-four hour rule! After you run a race you can have whatever you want for 24 hours!"

Organizers say about 2,400 people participated in this year's Scheels Turkey Trot.


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