Annual Thanksgiving Day run a holiday tradition in Charleston

VIDEO: Annual Thanksgiving Day run a holiday tradition in Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of people started off their Thanksgiving holiday with the 41st annual Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble downtown Thursday morning.

The run brought people from all over the country together for the holiday and they crossed the finish line before they even got a chance to taste Thanksgiving dinner.

Lee Chipman traveled thousands of miles to join in the race.

“This is my first year and I flew all the way here from Los Cabos, Mexico," he said.

The 5k race started on Meeting Street and ended on King Street, but some runners believe it’s not about the distance, it’s about the journey.

“We take our time," Chipman’s sister, Jane, said. "Obviously, we got a little popsicle. We just walk and look at all the beautiful homes, gardens and just take a stroll through Charleston.

The winner of the early-morning 5K race finished in less than 15 minutes. The majority of the runners finished in less than 40 minutes.

While most people can’t agree on which dish is the best for Thanksgiving, everyone in today’s race can agree that the best part of the day is crossing the finish line Even those who decided to take their time, got a chance to join in the celebration after the race at Marion Square.

“Everybody’s having a great time, having some cocktails,’ Rebecca Gilbert said.

Runners say the Turkey day Run and Gobble Wobble is the perfect end to a great morning and the beginning of some new Thanksgiving day traditions.

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