Thanksgiving in Naperville means more than just sitting down to a meal with family and friends. For some early risers, it’s a chance to join the Naperville Noon Lions Club for its annual Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot is a tradition as rich as pumpkin pie in Naperville. This year’s event was the largest so far with more than 7,000 people participating.
“It was highly over our expectations. The community came through once again to support charity and to support us,” said Bill McManus, Race Director for the Naperville Noon Lions Club Turkey Trot.
Adults, kids, and even dogs came from around Chicagoland to participate in the 5K. Runners said they wanted to burn some calories before splurging at Thanksgiving dinner.
“With eating all the turkey I plan on eating, it would be nice to feel like I’m allowed to do that,” said Sue Hannon, a Turkey Trot runner.
Other runners decided to dress in costumes or matching shirts so they’d be able to find their friends and families after the race.
“We have six of us in our group, so we wanted a way to keep track of one another,” said Emily McNeive, Turkey Trot runner.
One runner had the surprise of her lifetime. After she and her boyfriend crossed the finish line, he dropped down to one knee and proposed.
“I’ve actually had it for months now. I knew it was going to be today,” said Colton Antos, groom-to-be.
“I really thought it was going to be a long time from now,” said Brittany Acosta, bride-to-be.
The couple celebrated their seventh anniversary Thanksgiving Day, and are looking forward to spending many more holidays together. Naperville Noon Lions Club members hope the Turkey Trot will continue to be a special day for couples, and for families who want to spend Thanksgiving morning together.
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