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Celebrate Turkey Day with a 5k

Some of us have our own Thanksgiving traditions and for many in the Tri-State, it's participating in the Annual Old National Turkey Day 5K.

The 23rd annual race was in Downtown Evansville Thanksgiving morning.

The 23rd Annual Turkey Fay 5K had nearly 2,000 participants.

"This race has grown every year and we think it's because people are asking their friends and family because they have some an enjoyable experience, they're asking their friends and their family to walk and run with them," said Judi Early with Evansville Goodwill.

That's definitely the case for the Smith family.

Siblings Michael, Jennifer and Jessica say it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the annual race.

"we've always done this together," said Michael Smith. "Its kind of our little family tradition. And if we run this morning we'll get to eat more later."

They decided to switch it up this year by making costumes to wear during the run.

Michael dressed as a turkey, Jennifer an Indian and Jessica a pilgrim.

"We talked about it about a month ago that we wanted to do something crazy because we've done this for several years," Jennifer said. "Monday night we just sat down and made everything."

Emily Mieure: "What's your favorite part about this race?"

Jessica Smith: "Pretty much the dressing up and so I can eat donuts later and not feel guilty about it."

All the money raised goes straight to the Goodwill Family Center.

"It's a transitional family housing facility for homeless families here in Evansville," said Judi Early.

"To help out a place that's so close to home makes us feel great," said Jessica Smith.

They hope to have even more participants for the 2013 Turkey Day 5K.

Race results can be found online at http://www.evvgoodwill.org/

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