Family Trots Together

November 20, 2012 Updated Nov 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

November 20, 2012 Updated Nov 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The YMCA Turkey Trot is a time honored tradition in Buffalo, heading into its 117th year.

"It's the oldest continually run foot race in the country," runner Linda Gerbec said.

Linda Gerbec's father ran the 5K race back in 1930's and she and her family ha
ve been involved for the past 16 years.

"It's a great way to say thanks to the family," Gerbec said.

Her daughter Amy Koppmann agrees.

"It's the best way to start Thanksgiving. It's a great way to see Buffalo and the people out there," Koppmann said.

They have a little something extra that helps them stand out from the crowd.

"We wear turkey hats as well as the shirts. On the back of the shirts we have the years we run the race and we also have the turkey socks as well," runner Kiersten Palamo said.

"The energy carries you throughout the race. You get people who are marathoners and people who just walk around the block daily. There are a lot of people who just want to get out and do this," Koppmann said.

Along with their turkey hats, there are thousands of other eye catching costumes that have become a staple at the race.

"This is the first year we are doing a costume contest. We thought for all the spirited runner who join us in costume every year, why not honor that tradition as well," Communication Director of the YMCA of Buffalo Niagara Kathy Romanowski said.

John Gerbec said it's a way to get the whole family together.

"Tradition is important because it's a connection with your family. It's important to go out on Thanksgiving with 14,000 people and your family and friends. Just go there and have some fun," Gerbec said.

The Gerbec family said not only are they having a fun and spending time together but they're also running for a good cause. The race helps collect meals for those who need it most. Their goal this year is to get enough food to make 6,000 Thanksgiving dinners.