ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
The Sertoma Turkey Trot celebrated its 12th year at The St. Jo Frontier Casino and it was bigger than ever before with more than 800 runners and walkers.
"We have many of the same participants year after year," Pat Burton, Sertoma Club member said.
One of those proud participants is Anna Hockaday-whose family travels all the way from Wills Point Texas for 7 years strong as a family tradition.
"We enjoy our family time together and we come from Texas to be with our Missouri family," Hockaday said.
Hockaday says she loves Thanksgiving so much becauase she can finally spend time with family who lives far away as she look forward to their annual family tradition by walking and running the 5K route.
"They're very important to me and we're thankful for each other," Hockaday said.
"It made my heart leap that they would come to make the effort and support a project like this as a family," Burton said.
Additionally, proceeds from the Turkey Trot go directly back to The Noyes Home and local YMCA programs into the new year and Burton says it's a time to remember the community as a whole and remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving Day.
"It's a time to remember all of the blessings that God has given us, it's a time to be with family and friends and a time to give back to the community and this activity lets us do all of those things all at the same time," Burton said.
Both The Noyes Home and St. Joseph YMCA locations will receive proceeds from The Turkey Trot to go towards childrens programs in 2018.
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