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Turkey Trot Begins New Tradition in Morgantown

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MORGANTOWN -

Every Thanksgiving people tend to either worry about their calorie intake, or avoid the thought all together.

But Thursday morning a few people in Morgantown did something about it.

"It feels good to get up and get some exercise out of the way in the morning that way you don't feel so guilty about eating the second serving of mashed potatoes or dessert," said Heather Cleary, organizer of the Turkey Trot in Morgantown.

As runners crossed the finish line at the inaugural event, talk about turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes was all the buzz. Just not in the way you would expect.

"We decided to come out and burn off a few calories before we added a few this afternoon." said runner Guy Monteleone who ran the race alongside his daughter.

More than 260 runners took to the three-mile-long run along the Caperton rail trail. The top five men and women were awarded with a turkey.

Cool temperatures made the morning run a bit crisp.

"It was pretty cold, a little colder than I expected it to be, but it's good," said runner Kristen Perrott. "It's getting me out here even though it's nice and cold keeping me in shape."

Kids got in the action as well. About 20 participated in the 400 meter Turkey Sprint.

"That was pretty long," Gabriel Watson said after crossing the finish line.

After the race, runners cooled down and proceeded with their afternoon plans.

"We watch the Macy's Parade in the morning, which if we get home we can get part of it," said Nina Monteleone. "Mom starts cooking the turkey, she cooked all the pies yesterday and we have three pies… It's fun."

The events top finisher was Zach Tennant.