Runners Hit the Pavement for Boar's Head Turkey Trot in Albemarle

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Runners at the Boar's Head Turkey Trot in Albemarle Runners at the Boar's Head Turkey Trot in Albemarle

Some ambitious people in Charlottesville got up early to exercise and make room for their big Thanksgiving feast. They laced up and headed out in the cold air to run in and volunteer for the 32nd Annual Boar's Head Turkey Trot in Albemarle County.

It was a brisk Thanksgiving morning, and over 1,000 people joined the race for a good cause. The Boar's Head Turkey Trot benefits the University of Virginia Children's Hospital, which is in the process of constructing the new Battle building.

"It's just a lot of fun, it's for a good cause. I don't know yeah, it's a good way to start Thursday, Thanksgiving, feel better about eating a lot of turkey if you do a run first,” said runners Kate Cheney and Tyler Williams

"It is a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving Day. My family has been doing it since I was a kid and before we all sit down and eat way too much food, to be able to get out here and get exercise, keep our bodies healthy, obviously that's part of the mission,” said Borches.

Borches is the president of Charlottesville Volvo. This year she had the chance to give back to her family tradition by donating thousands of dollars to the hospital.

"We're obviously raising a lot of money today for the UVA Children's Hospital, but I hope that everybody all year long keeps the hospital in mind with their charitable giving or their volunteer time. We're very lucky to have such a good hospital in our community. Not everywhere's so lucky,” said Borches.

This year, the Turkey Trot sold out. Last year the race raised about $45,000, and organizers expect to exceed that number this year.

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