DALLAS - Thousands of North Texans will soon dust off their turkey costumes and lace up their running shoes as Dallas once again hosts the biggest Turkey Trot in the world.
It starts at 9 a.m. Thursday at at Dallas City Hall. You can sign up for the race in advance or wait until 7 a.m. the day of the event. Last year, participants in the Turkey Trot set a Guinness world record for the largest gathering of people dressed like turkeys.
Organizers told News 8 the annual 5K and 8-mile runs send out a positive message about exercise.
"Healthy can be fun,” said Sarah Byrom, with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “Thanksgiving Day is a great day when family and friends can come out, and they can start their Thanksgiving Day off with a healthy run or walk or jog with the family. Then they can have a thanksgiving day a little less guilt, and then they can round it out by sitting around and watching Dallas Cowboys football."
Be sure to check out "Good Morning Texas" at 9 a.m. on WFAA to get a look at a brand new event called "The Mascot Trot." It's a competition between the YMCA’s “Tommy the Turkey," “Rowdy” from the Dallas Cowboys, “Champ” from the Dallas Mavericks, and “Rangers Captain” from the Texas Rangers.
Everyone is encouraged to come out to Victory Plaza in downtown Dallas to watch the competition.