Annual Turkey Trot partners with local humane society

Nearly 2,500 people and their four-legged friends got a workout in before gobbling up their Thanksgiving meal.

The 12th annual Festival Foods Turkey Trot kicked off on Thanksgiving morning, with more dogs on the route this year.

Festival Foods partnered with the Coulee Region Humane Society to incorporate a new addition to the event.

Runners could partner with rescue dogs, helping them get some exercise and plenty of pets.

The event wouldn’t be possible without the charities involved.

“Festival Foods helps put on the event, but they’ve partnered with the charities from the beginning. It’s been something that is near and dear to the event’s heart. Working with the charities, they help recruit volunteers, they’re here all throughout packet pickup, they help with some registrations, and they’re really a big part of making this event successful,” race director, Jessica Robey, said.

The Festival Foods Turkey Trot is one of ten in Wisconsin.

Since the event began, the Turkey Trot has raised $2.56 million for YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs across the state.

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