Grand Rapids Turkey Trot stuffed with thousands of runners Thanksgiving morning

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 4,000 people started their Thanksgiving by trotting through downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday morning, November 25th.

The 29th Annual Turkey Trot 5K returned for a face-to-face event after being held practically last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The race, hosted by the Blue Care Network, began outside the Van Andel Arena on Fulton Street and ended on the south side of the arena on Oakes Street.

The proceeds from the event raised funds for students at Grand Rapids Public Schools to avoid having to “pay to play” in sports programs.

“It was great to see everyone again in person,” said Kurt Johnson, GRPS Executive Director of K-12 Athletics. “Our students, coaches and parents are so grateful to see the support of the community and all Turkey Trot sponsors.”

At 4,259 hikers and runners, it was the second highest total number in Turkey’s history after 4,436 people participated in 2017, according to a press release.

Todd Buckingham, a 32-year-old man from Wyoming, took first place in the men’s championship with a race time of 15:23. Raychel Figurski, a 27-year-old from Grandville, was the best female finisher with a time of 17:47.

Hundreds of families also took part in a free 1K mini-scooter.

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