The 24th annual Grand Rapids Public School (GRPS) Turkey Trot set records for the number of trotters who flocked downtown Grand Rapids.
This year's Turkey Trot was presented by the Blue Care Network of Michigan and took place Thursday morning, Nov. 24.
More than 3,200 runners took part -- the most in Turkey Trot history. According to the Turkey Trot officials, surpassed last year’s mark by almost 1,000 participants.
The 5K run/walk benefits GRPS Athletics, allowing thousands of students to part take in after-school activities without paying.
“We are so thrilled to see the community come out to help our local student-athletes,” said Kurt Johnson, GRPS Executive Director of K-12 Athletics.
“Their generosity will enrich the lives of students throughout our district."
“Blue Care Network is proud to sponsor such a great holiday tradition that encourages individuals and families to celebrate the start of the holiday season with fun, physical activity,” said Jessica Iloff, Manager of Community Responsibility at Blue Care Network.
“In the winter months when activity is often deterred by cold weather, it’s especially important to get up and moving and supporting the GRPS athletics program is a wonderful cause that makes sure children are getting active in school, too."
Several hundred children also took part in the SpartanNash Mini-Trot, a 1K run around the Van Andel Arena.
Both the 5K and Mini-Trot finished inside the Arena, allowing participants to take part in a stadium-style finish.
Plans are already being made for next year’s race, which will be the 25th Turkey Trot.