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Turkey Trot runners kick off Thanksgiving fun

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News
Kermit the Frog makes his way down Woodward Avenue as part of America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit Thursday.

Detroit — Thousands of runners raced like the wind in holiday costume on Woodward during the 32nd annual 10K Fifth Third Turkey Trot on Thursday morning.

The race kicked off at 7:30 a.m. at Woodward at Congress before the start of the 88th America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van at 8:50 a.m.

Erin Good and Tylor Lambouris of Birmingham joined the thousands of other runners who gathered at Cobo Center before the start of Thursday morning's trot.

Both were dressed like reindeer complete with antlers.

Good, 28, said she spent "hours on Sunday" creating her costume.

"I had to help make the tutus," Lambouris said. "It was fun."

Both women have experience running and said the Turkey Trot is a breeze.

"This is easy," Good said.

Rick Armes crosses the finish line during the Fifth Third Bank annual Turkey Trot before the parade Thursday

The Turkey Trot included a 5k Strategic Staffing Solutions Stuffing Strut and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Mashed Potato Mile.

The annual race boasted new fun this year, including medals for all finishers and an after-race party. Runners can also watch the parade televised in the Cobo Atrium.

Brent Kisha of Macomb Township kept warm in the lobby of the Chase Building on Thursday morning.

Kisha was waiting to participate in the 5K race. His son, Sawyer, was already out there racing in two of the three races that make up the Turkey Trot. Kisha said his 15-year-old son runs on the cross-country team at Dakota High School.

Kisha, who runs up to four times a week, said it was the first time that he and Sawyer participated in the Turkey Trot.

Runners race in the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Detroit.

"It's good buzz. Detroit is on the comeback," Kisha said. "I think he ( Sawyer) wanted to experience it. So I said what the heck."

During the Turkey Trot, Fort Street is closed from Trumbull to Woodward, while Lafayette is closed from Trumbull to Griswold, city spokesman John Roach said.

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