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Runners spent Thanksgiving morning in cold weather
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A mostly younger and more energetic number of participants like Danielle Silveira braved Thurdsay morning cold for the Ceres Christian Churchs Run 4 Ceres Turkey Trot. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Approximately 170 persons started their Thanksgiving holiday by braving 30-degree temperatures and lacing up the running shoes and heading over to Ceres Christian Church's Roeding Road campus for the fourth annual Run 4 Ceres Turkey Trot.

The 5K and 10K fun run was a fundraiser for both Westport and Walter White elementary schools.

Event organizer and youth pastor J.J. Beyronneau said the church had long identified the two schools as being in great need for support and that in years past the school donated supplies to help out. Runners paid $25 per person while families could run for $75 total. He said the run collected about $1,000 for each school.

Runners started out on the campus at 8 a.m. and ran east on Roeding Road and then south onto Esmar Road, then east on Don Pedro Road past Faith Home Road to an orchard, which was circled. The group then circled back to the church.

Approximately 20 volunteers were required to pull off the holiday run. Since the race was a fun run, no awards were given but runners' times were recorded.

The run typically attracts about 40 percent church members and teachers, mostly from Walter White. The run was promoted through postcards sent home with students.

A number of students and teachers also braved the chilly air to participate. The Westport 4-H chapter was well represented also.

This year's event featured a photo booth where runners could have their photo taken with a giant turkey costumed individual.

Manuel Perez came in first place in the 5K run with a time of 21 minutes, four seconds.

Cody Golding came in second place at 21:44.

Sara Vierra was third in the 5K at 22:27.