Thousands Trot On Thanksgiving

November 24, 2011 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM EDT

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November 24, 2011 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks for family, friends, loved ones as well as giving to others in the community...and as Channel 7's Jaclyn Asztalos reports, there is one major fundraiser that helps the community that is like no other!

Close to 14,000 runners gathered at Delaware and Shoreham in North Buffalo to make the trek down Delaware Avenue and around Niagara Square to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Thanksgiving morning.

This is the YMCA "Turkey Trot" that raises much needed funds to help the YMCA with their important programs to help children and families.

YMCA Director Kathy Vallone and Race Director Tom Connelly joined Channel 7's Jaclyn Asztalos to outline the race course, and get everyone ready for the event.

For the first time ever, a family "post race" party was held at the newly renovated Statler City building, across from the adult post race party at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

It is one of Western New York’s most treasured events. The YMCA Turkey Trot brings together thousands of runners of all ages and levels every Thanksgiving morning for a holiday celebration like no other!

Established in 1896, this 8K race will mark its 116th start on Thanksgiving morning, making it the oldest continually running footrace in North America (even older than the Boston Marathon)!

Immediately followed by a post-race celebration and awards ceremony that plays host to more than 14,000 runners, spectators and volunteers, this is surely an event not to be missed!

The YMCA teamed up with The Food Bank of WNY to help raise contributions for the Food Bank just in time for Thanksgiving.

Each participant in the YMCA Turkey Trot was encouraged to bring two cans of non-perishable items with them.

Donation bins will be located inside the gym for your donation. Bins will also be available on race day in the Target parking lot by the bus drop off. Please help us help our neighbors this Thanksgiving by making a contribution.

Channel 7 is a proud supporter of the YMCA Turkey Trot, and the work that Kathy Vallone and the YMCA team do to make good things happen in WNY!