38th annual Miamisburg Turkey Trot kicks off the holiday

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) — More than 10,000 people ran through the streets of downtown Miamisburg Thursday morning.

It was part of the 38th annual Miamisburg Turkey Trot race.

Leo DeLuca, a participant in this year’s five mile race, says the event is a great way to celebrate with friends and family.

“You can feel. It’s in the air. It’s very energetic. I’m excited to get out there,” he said.

Ted Mergler dressed in a Forrest Gump costume. He says while some are born to run, others marry into it.

“When I met my wife 15 years ago it was her tradition to run it every year since she was a little girl and then I started running it with her,” he said.

It’s a tradition that has been carried on to his two daughters.

“I like running the last mile because you feel like you’re getting closer and it gets easier,” Libbi Mergler added.

Libbi placed third in her age group in this year’s race.

Patrick Miller tells 2 NEWS he ran in the very first Turkey Trot in 1978.

10:53:28, “But when the gun fires I kind of get a little bit competitive with it,” he added, “Just recognizing first of all that you have that t-shirt that’s always a good thing. And you can say you’ve been a part of this community run forever.”

One by one — runners crossed the finish line.

No one faster than Jack Randall — who finished with a blistering five-minute pace.

“I had chinese last night. It’s the lucky meal,” he added, “Just trying to burn off the Thanksgiving Dinner that’s coming my way in a few hours.”

Something he along with 10,000 other runners will work toward… now that the hard part of the day is out of the way.

 

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