CINCO RANCH (Covering Katy News) - Cool weather and increasing sunshine set the stage for another great 17th Annual Katy YMCA Turkey Dash on Thanksgiving morning in Cinco Ranch. It's an event that's become part of many people's Thanksgiving tradition.

"We've probably done it about 15 years," said Turkey Dash runner Barbara Miller. "It is part of our Thanksgiving routine."

One year Miller said she and her family stayed home because it was cold and they realized how much they missed being part of the Turkey Dash.

Barbara Miller

Barbara Miller

'We missed a really big treat," she said.

For Miller, it's not just about running a race. She says it's also about seeing the same friends every year.

"It's more of a social thing," Miller said. "My son's in college, so for him to come back and see some of the teachers and students he went to school with - that's really beneficial."

The Turkey Dash included a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Kids Race and 1 Mile Walk/Run. There was also a post-race party packed with food, giveaways, a photo booth and a kids fun zone for anyone who showed up, whether they took part in a race or simply stopped by to have fun. 

People were encouraged to run in costume. There was an annual costume contest with prizes awarded to the best Thanksgiving theme and most unique costume. 

2019 Turkey Dash

Medals were also awarded to kids who finished the kids race and those who finished the 10k race.

All proceeds from the the Turkey Dash go to the Katy YMCA's annual campaign and help provide scholarships to programs such as child care, summer camps, swim lessons, sports leagues and assistance to various area outreach programs.

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