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More than 1,000 turn out for Wausau Turkey Trot


Turkeys weren't on the move Thursday morning, but the people of central Wisconsin certainly were.

"Walk or run, depending on your level of fitness, for us, we're at the back of the line," said Phillip Purcell, a Turkey Trot participant from Chicago.

Thanksgiving morning, Eastbay hosted its fifth annual Turkey Trot.

All proceeds go to the Marathon County Hunger Coalition. The funds raised are used to buy food for area food pantries.

"This many people, on this cold day to come out, and be so generous and run this is just the way our community is," said Joann Janikowski, the Community Impact Director for United Way of Marathon County.

The brisk morning didn't seem to keep people away. More than 1,200 people turned out for the race.

"This isn't as cold as it's been so this isn't too bad but it is a bit chilly," said Purcell.

Some runners used Thursday's trot as preventative maintenance for the damage the Thanksgiving feast will bring.

"It's for a good cause, and I can have an extra piece of pie," said Mindy Wagner, a Turkey Trot participant.

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