32nd Turkey Day 5K takes place in downtown Evansville Thanksgiving morning

Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 5:30 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2021 at 9:59 AM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Runners earned their day’s indulgence at Evansville’s Turkey Day 5K Thanksgiving morning.

About 2,100 people signed up to run in the race.

From burning off a few extra calories before Thanksgiving dinner to family traditions, runners didn’t let the rain get in their way.

The race kicked off at 8 a.m.

It was the 32nd year for the event and the goal remains the same: have fun while raising money for Evansville Goodwill.

The 5K supports the community by providing resources to Evansville Goodwill’s job placement and training programs, which help people with barriers to employment find work and become more self-sufficient.

But mixed in with all the runners were those on Team Anna.

Anna, who participated in the race herself, was diagnosed with breast cancer that turned into brain cancer. However, no hurdle in life will stop Anna from this Thanksgiving tradition.

“It’s such a thrill. It’s always been,” said Anna Demerly. “It’s always been important to do community things together, and I find that this is what makes the community special.”

Anna says if there’s one thing to remember on Thanksgiving Day or any day, it’s to love others more than you love yourself.

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