Hundreds of KOTA territory families got their exercise in, before one of the biggest feasts of the year.
More than one thousand runners, walkers and canines participated in the Black Hills Runners Club annual Turkey Trot 5k race Thursday morning.
The race has been a strong tradition in Rapid City for more than 30 years.
The race began at Old Storybook island, extending to Founders park and then back again.
Organizers say they're getting more participants every year, with the number of people registering online doubling this year.
Last year the event raised more than $9,500, all going towards community improvement projects.
"Last year we bought a section of land below Dinosaur Park to turn into trails, so it goes right back to the community," said Kimberly Osberg, Vice President of the Black Hills Runners Club and Co-Chair for the Turkey Trot.
"Our kids now have children, so we're going with grand children, and their friends have children, so it's kind of a reunion time," said Pam Hamilton, a Rapid City woman who's been participating in the race for the past 15 years.
There were no official winners in the race, but families didn't leave empty handed.
Three hundred and fifty pies from the Colonial House restaurant were randomly given away to participants.