GRPS Turkey Trot sets record with 3,200+ participants

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Thousands of runners and walkers headed out to Van Andel Arena on Thanksgiving morning to participate in the 24th annual Turkey Trot 5K.

All proceeds benefit Grand Rapids Public Schools athletics to help students avoid having to "pay to play."

Organizers said more than 3,200 people took part, easily breaking the previous record of 2,400.

“We are so thrilled to see the community come out to help our local student-athletes,” said Kurt Johnson, GRPS executive director of K-12 athletics.  “Their generosity will enrich the lives of students throughout our district.”

“Blue Care Network is proud to sponsor such a great holiday tradition that encourages individuals and families to celebrate the start of the holiday season with fun, physical activity,” said Jessica Iloff, manager of community responsibility at Blue Care Network.  “In the winter months when activity is often deterred by cold weather, it’s especially important to get up and moving and supporting the Grand Rapids Public Schools athletics program is a wonderful cause that makes sure children are getting active in school, too.”