RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Runners laced up their shoes Thursday morning at Bryan Park for the 45th annual Richmond Road Runners Club Turkey Trot.
Each year, riders from all over Virginia, including Roanoke, Midlothian and Washington, DC, start their vacation with a 6.2-mile run. The Richmond Road Runners Club Turkey Trot consists of two races, a children’s race and a 10km run. It’s a way for families to get together before a big dinner.
Six-year-old Thomas Gray-Perkins has never run the Richmond Road Runners Club Turkey Trot before. Today he joined about a hundred other children for a kilometer and a half with one goal.
“I hope I get a medal,” Gray-Perkins told 8News.
It was the first Richmond Road Runners Club 10K for some of the runners, including Nora Stexult and Austin Neoville.
“My parents had just moved to Richmond a couple of months ago, so we just wanted something fun, a way to exercise before stuffing ourselves with turkey and all of Dad’s pies. We think it would be fun,” says Stechsulte.
Other runners, including Robin Hartley, have been running the Richmond Road Runners Club Turkey Trot for more than 15 years.
“I took a break from about 2002-2006 and that was the only time I took a break. I went when I was pregnant with my son, and I’ve done it every year except for that break since 2001,” says Hartley.
Spencer Hawthorne was in first place. Like Stechsulte and Neaville, Hawthorne had never competed in the Richmond Road Runners Club Turkey Trot before.
“I was a little sick last week, but it was a lot of fun. I ran with one of my student athletes at Hermitage High School and he ran and got second place. So we just ran the race together. It was a lot of fun,” says Hawthorne.
The race is not over yet. On Dec. 11, the Richmond Road Runners Club will host a toy run to raise money for Mason’s Toy Box, a nonprofit organization that donates toys to families of children in hospitals throughout Virginia.
Proceeds from Thursday’s run go to the Richmond Road Runners Club and Feed More.