A 116 Year Tradition Continues in Buffalo

November 24, 2011 Updated Nov 24, 2011 at 2:48 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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November 24, 2011 Updated Nov 24, 2011 at 2:48 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It was the trot of all trots and the biggest race in America.

It's the YMCA Turkey Trot.

People across Western New York train long and hard for this race including Channel 7's very own Ms. Ginger Geoffery.

"I'm super excited this is my first Turkey trot. I've always wanted to run in this race since I moved to Buffalo," Geoffery said.

Kathy Vallone with the YMCA said all the money raised goes to a good cause.

"It's wonderful that people are having fun and it's our largest fundraiser help support our financial support system," Vallone said.

Before the 8K race, Ginger anchored Eyewitness News This Morning.

"My first Turkey Trot, I'm excited," Geoffery said.

She then geared up, warmed up and took to the road, joining more than 13,000 other people for the 116th Annual Turkey Trot. It's a tradition that is more than just a race. Many people dress up to run.

"I'm dressing up as the ultimate warrior. Came in from NYC and I'm ready to run," runner Fred Dombrowski said.

Others said it's all about being with loved ones and friends. Some call the race a family tradition.

"We're ready for and I'm hoping to keep up with three generations of runners," runner Tim Reukauf said.

The Winner Dennis Pollow Finished in just over 24 minutes. Ginger finished in 45 minutes. Believe it or not, after all of that she headed back to the station to anchor the Noon show.

She said there's one big benefit to her busy day.

"My mother-in-law makes a beautiful, wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and I just show up and eat which is great," Geoffery said.