GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Anyone looking to burn off a few calories before Thanksgiving dinner had their choice of several running events in West Michigan.
Despite the snowy weather conditions, a record 2,300 runners took part in the 21st annual Turkey Trot at Van Andel Arena Thursday morning. The five kilometer race took runners through downtown Grand Rapids before a stadium finish inside the arena.
"The running community in Grand Rapids has proven themselves that they will come out rain snow sleet or hail," said race co-director Chelsea Brehm.
Proceeds from the Turkey Trot will go toward athletic programs for Grand Rapids Public Schools to help eliminate pay-to-play.
Meanwhile on the lakeshore, hundreds of runners also started their morning off with a "ready, set, go!" The 8th annual Muskegon Turkey Trot kicked off at 9:30 a.m. outside the YMCA.