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Crisis Services of North Alabama is top finisher after annual Turkey Trot

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Before they dug into their dressing, hundreds of people laced up for the annual Turkey Trot which benefits Crisis Services of North Alabama.

"I've been coming to the Turkey Trot since it began actually," runner Dink Taylor said. "I remember when there was probably less than 150 runners."

The annual Turkey Trot draws in serious runners like Taylor.

"It's hard to get a workout in, and runners like to get a run in before they start taking calories in," Taylor said.

But, the 5K also gets people moving who want to start a new holiday tradition.

"It's always been on my bucket list to run a 5K on Thanksgiving morning," runner Howard Petty said. "I get to run three hours and then go eat."

Regardless of why they woke up to Turkey Trot, Crisis Services of North Alabama is the main winner.

"This is huge, this is our main fundraiser of the year," Crisis Services of North Alabama Board President Peter Alvarez said.

Hundreds of people out pounding the pavement on Thanksgiving morning to provide funding for an organization that will help hundreds and hundreds more.

"It goes to funding our programs and our services," Alvarez said. "We have a 211 program that United Way also funds, but this helps with that. We have domestic violence counselors , we have suicide hotline."