Every family has their own Thanksgiving tradition. Some choose to swap out morning mimosas for a pair of sneakers.

Over 3,300 runners made it to Nathan Benderson Park Thursday morning, making it the park’s biggest trot yet.

Back for its 5th year, the annual Florida Turkey Trot has become a new tradition for many Suncoast residents.

“It has at least doubled if not tripled in size over the years,” said Steven Rodriguez, President of Nathan Benderson Park.

“I think it's important for us to give back to our Sarasota community and support Benderson so we’re really happy to be out here today,” said a runner. 

Thinking about a Thanksgiving feast is great motivation.

“I usually run because I have to build up a calorie reserve for the eating," said rower Stanley Morrow.

“We do chicken instead of turkey so were excited for that,” said a runner. 

This year wasn’t all about runners, the park opened the festivities to rowers too.

“The land was full and we saw the water was empty and we said you know what we should encourage our rowing and paddling community to come out and participate,” said Rodriguez.

“To see all the people running was beautiful and the weather was perfect, we could not have better weather,” said rower Biagio Azzarelli.

The event is a partnership of Fit2Run. All of their proceeds go to The Big Bill Foundation.

“My dad passed away form leukemia two years ago. He was a wonderful family man and me and my brother started a foundation to serve back to children with cancer and want to go to college. We give them 5 thousand dollar scholarships,” said Parks Robinson, President of Fit to Run.

At the end of the day giving back is what its all about.

“It’s one of those holidays which we always think about family but we also think about those in need so it’s a combination of being grateful for what we have but also being aware what others don’t have," said rowerJim Mandell.

Nathan Benderson Park is hosting a gobble gauntlet Friday morning. It involves weights and a lot of steps.

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