PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
"We can have some family time we don't usually get because we all live in separate places," said Jackie Kundinger, another runner at the Turkey Trot.
"I just really like running, and I'm really excited to do it with my aunt," said 9-year-old Kylie Orysen.
For Kylie, sharing a race with her aunt wasn't the only thing that made it special.
"I've never done like a race," said Orysen.
"It's [a] pretty special moment that she's doing it the first time with me today," said Kylie's aunt, Shelby Biermann.
The run doesn't just bring families together. People also run in support of the local food pantry.
"It's nice to be able to give back and this is the time of year everybody thinks about probably the biggest meal of the year so it's nice to help everybody else out at the same time," said Park Falls Chamber Executive Director Ed Kane.
"We've [Salon Savvy] been doing a food drive throughout November, and today I brought all the product in today to support. So felt really good to drop off a big box of food for the less fortunate," said Salon Savvy Owner Denise Bablick.
Regardless of what motivated families to start their Thanksgiving with a run, most of them were sure of one thing.
"It's going to be a good time," said Biermann.
Organizers say the Turkey Trot grows every year. This year they had more than 100 participants.