Thousands run in Turkey Gobble 5K in Tampa

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r-race-2-web_bkg_tex_layerTAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Thousands of people showed up to participate in the 2nd annual Goody Goody Turkey Gobble 5K on Thanksgiving morning.

The race got underway at 7:00 a.m. at the Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa.

The course included the Platt Street Bridge and Bayshore Boulevard.

A recent study found that Thanksgiving is the most popular running holiday of the year–even twice as popular as New Year’s Day.

Every participant got a “finisher medal” at the end of the race.

Bryan Gollins of Boston finished first.

“The race felt good,” he said.  “Beautiful weather.  Great course.  Good security.  Everybody seemed to be in a good mood.”

Gollins tells News Channel 8 he plans to run the Boston Marathon next year.

“It was actually a lot more competitive than I thought it would be,” said Jennifer Disanza of Brandon.  “There’s a lot of people.  It’s awesome.”

Proceeds from the event go to local LIVESTRONG at the YMCA programs.  The organization helps people diagnosed with cancer as well as cancer survivors.

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