Turkey Day Run breaks 7,000 registered participants
The 36th Annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble set a new record for the 10th straight year, registering 7,386 runners before the gun fired at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.
“We could not be happier to have reached our goal today,” race director Lewis Moore said. “We feel so blessed to see so many families coming out even with the cold temperatures this morning and making this an annual tradition.”
The 5K also set yet another record with 6,558 runners and walkers crossing the finish line.
As predicted, 27 year old Michael Banks of Charleston won the men’s division of the 36th Annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble with a time of 14:27. Banks also managed to break the course record which was previously 14 minutes and 31 seconds. He will now be listed in the Turkey Day Run history books with his mother, who won the Turkey Day Run back in 1979. Carlos Renjifo of Baltimore, Md., took second place with a time of 15:31.
For the fourth straight year, Lauren Goss of Mount Pleasant captured the women’s title clocking a time of 16:55. Goss is a professional triathlete who has been competing since her days at Clemson. Second place Female went to Harriott Kelly, of Atlanta, Ga., with a time of 17:28.
Immediately following the race there was an expanded beer tent, live music by Plane Jane and entertainment for the children including turkey painting by Bottles N Brushes, donut dunking by Krispy Kreme, jump castles and photo ops with Tom the Turkey. The Kid’s Fun Run welcomed more than 500 kids who joined in the action and earning a bib, a medal and a prize from Wonder Works.
Prior to the start of the race, the United States Marine Corps Color Guard presented the nation’s colors during the National Anthem sung by the Student of the Arts Choir. Earlier in the day, the Turkey Day Run hosted a satellite race for our troops stationed overseas in Afghanistan to build morale and camaraderie while the soldiers are away from their families and friends on Thanksgiving.
The Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble is organized annually by the Knights of Columbus Council 704 with the goal of raising funds for local charities. Last year the council donated almost $80,000 to more than a dozen different charities including the Lowcountry Food Bank, Crisis Ministries, Camp Happy Days and MUSC Children’s Hospital.