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The Dallas Turkey Trot is an annual Thanksgiving Day running event held in Dallas, Texas, United States. The race has become a beloved tradition in Dallas, drawing thousands of participants and spectators each year.
The first Dallas Turkey Trot was held in 1968, organized by a group of runners who were looking for a way to burn off some calories before their Thanksgiving feasts. The inaugural race drew just 107 participants, who ran a 3-mile course through the streets of downtown Dallas. Ralph Trimble won the event in a time of 41:59, and Nancy Norvell was the winner on the women's side at 54:40.
Over the years, the Dallas Turkey Trot grew in popularity, with more and more runners participating each year. The course was expanded to 8 miles in 1979 and then to 10K (6.2 miles) in 1995. In 2013, a 5K (3.1 miles) was added to the race, making it more accessible to runners of all levels.
Today, the Dallas Turkey Trot is one of the country's largest Thanksgiving Day running events, with over 20,000 participants and thousands of spectators lining the streets to cheer on the runners. With a record high of 36,820 in 2011. That year, the Turkey Trot set the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys, with 661 participants. The race has become a cherished tradition for many Dallas families, who often participate together as a way to start their holiday celebrations.
In addition to the main running events, the Dallas Turkey Trot also includes various family-friendly activities, such as a kids' race and a post-race festival with food, music, and vendors.
Despite its growth and evolution over the years, the Dallas Turkey Trot has remained true to its roots as a fun and festive community event that brings people together to celebrate Thanksgiving and promote health and wellness.