More than 1,000 people opted to burn off calories with exercise before sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday. The eighth annual St. Francis Borgia Turkey Trot kicked off at 10 a.m. in Cedarburg.
The run/walk began and ended in front of St. the St. Francis Borgia Education and Activity Center.
Mike Ruzicka, one of the event's organizers, said all money raised is put towards the school.
"The school's brand new," Ruzicka said. "This is the second full year, and all the proceeds go to benefit the school and pay off the debt we have for it."
He said the Turkey Trot typically raises about $20,000 each year.
"When they built the school, (the Turkey Trot) sponsored a classroom - a 4K classroom," Ruzicka said. "So this year we'll end up paying off that classroom."
The run/walk followed a Thanksgiving Day Mass. Runners participating trekked through an almost 3.5-mile course of mostly unpaved trails. The walking route, 1.8 miles long, was entirely made up of paved trails and roads.