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Thousands participate in annual South County Turkey Trot

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Pismo Beach was crowded Thursday morning with an estimated 2,000 people participating in the 5th Annual South County Turkey Trot.

It was more than just getting exercise in before a big meal. On a day revolving around feast and family, it's also a time to give back. 

"We're anticipating 2,000- 2,500 people," said Viviana Krug Cotton, a committee member for the event. "Last year we raised $10,000, this year we're trying to raise more than $10,000."

Participants were asked to donate at least $1 to the San Luis Obispo County Food Bank.

Not only was it a chance to help the less fortunate, but to get some physical fitness in ahead of a day filled with eating. 

"Just as a way to have fun and do like a fun activity on Thanksgiving, other than stuffing your face with turkey," said Jeffrey Biggers, a participant.

And get in the holiday spirit, turkey hats and all.

"These are brand new," Biggers said. "The first outing of the turkey hat."

Even if you don't like turkey.

"I've got my steaks thawing out," said one participant. "I'm not a turkey person."

And for some, it's a tradition. 

"This is our third turkey trot," said participants Kevin Ferguson and Julie Lymen. "We always just make it a family tradition and come out and spend the holidays on the beach."

The SLO County Food Bank says they are hoping to surpass their goal from last year and raise more than $10,000. 

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