Families celebrate Thanksgiving with 39th Annual Turkey Day Run

VIDEO: Families celebrate Thanksgiving with 39th Annual Turkey Day Run

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Many wobbled before they gobbled at the 39th Annual Turkey Day Run in downtown Charleston.

It's one of the largest 5Ks in the nation and all proceeds go to local charities. The Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble is sponsored by The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization.

Ray Caulder says it's a family tradition to come to the run.

"We want to run, and then we want to lay on the couch and we want to watch football after we eat," Caulder said.

Ray's son Raymond says they plan on running ten miles after  dinner, football and a nap.

Sandy Hirschmann and her daughter Ryan Howard say they have been coming out to the Turkey Day Run for more than a decade.

"It's so much fun and we get to be together," Hirschmann said.

The Calorie Control Council estimates that the average Thanksgiving meal is more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat. That's more than two times the calorie intake and three times the fat.

Melanie Gillen enjoyed the warm Thanksgiving Day weather.

"We come and it's just so much fun to take a break from all the eating and come and exercise and have fun with the family," Gillen said.

A 30 minute jog can burn about 400 calories, people at the run got a head start before Thanksgiving dinner.

Quontrello Washington came out with his family because he enjoys exercising and seeing his friends at the race.

"I enjoy eating sweats, I'm not a glutton," Washington said.  "It's the only day that gluttony...you're forgiven for it and everything...so just have fun."

Thanksgiving can throw your diet off track, but Foodie Fitness shares some things you can do to help.

  • An hour of quick walking can burn about 300 calories.
  • Climbing seven flights of stairs can burn 80 calories and you can carry weights for an extra calorie burn.
  • If you like to dance a one hour class or video will get you down about 400 calories.

Copyright 2016 WCSC. All Rights Reserved.