As race week begins, organizers of the Grand Rapids Public Schools Turkey Trot are eagerly looking forward to a record-setting race.

The 2016 Turkey Trot, presented by Blue Care Network of Michigan, takes place on Thanksgiving Day at 8 a.m. at the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids. The Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk that benefits GRPS Athletics and thousands of students who otherwise would have to pay to take part in after-school activities.

Currently, more than 2,000 people have registered, which has this year’s Turkey Trot on pace to break last year’s attendance record of 2,400.

“We’re thrilled to see more and more people commit to supporting GRPS athletics, but we have plenty of room and want to see even more people start their holiday with us” said Kurt Johnson, GRPS Executive Director of K-12 Athletics.

“It’s exciting to see so many people and families sign up to participate in this healthy, fun start to the holiday,” said Jessica Iloff, Manager of Community Responsibility at Blue Care Network.

Runners who haven’t signed up yet can do so at any time through Wednesday, November 23 at On Thanksgiving Day, last-minute signup is available at the Van Andel Arena for $35.

Registered participants are encouraged to pick up their race packet and t-shirt on Tuesday, November 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Blue Care Network, located at 611 Cascade West Parkway SE in Grand Rapids, or Wednesday, November 23 from noon to 6 p.m. at Union High School, 1800 Tremont Blvd. NW in Grand Rapids. Packets can also be picked up on Thanksgiving Day at the Van Andel Arena starting at 6:30 a.m.