GR Turkey Trot shatters record while helping students

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  — Move your feet before you eat: A record-setting number of people heeded that call Thanksgiving morning during the annual Grand Rapids Turkey Trot.

Approximately 4,400 people turned out for the 5K event, shattering last year’s record of more than 3,200 participants.

Last year, the Grand Rapids Turkey Trot raised more than $70,000 for the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ after school sports programs, helping more than 6,000 student athletes.

“This is a way the community can come out and support student achievement in a different way,” said GRPS Athletic Director Kurt Johnson.

He says the support is crucial since many school systems switched to a pay-to-play system.

“You can have to pay $100 or more per sport. And that can become quite expensive if you have other siblings who also play in the same family, multiple sports,” Johnson said.

Organizers and supporters say the health benefits are two-fold, for the participants and the athletes they’re supporting.

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