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Folks burn off turkey dinner early during Turkey Trot

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NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (KTIV) -

The average Thanksgiving meal contains 3,000 calories.  Some Siouxlanders made sure they'd have a guilt-free holiday before they even cut into the turkey.

One-hundred-fifty people worked up an appetite at a Thanksgiving Day run around Adams Nature Preserve.

"We welcome everybody, walkers, joggers.  It's just a time to come out and have some fun and get a little exercise," said Stacy Schrunk.

The noncompetitive 'Turkey Trot' attracted parents, kids, and even pets.  For John and Samantha Voeltz, the run was all about father-daughter fun.

"Not a lot of people do anything in the morning so it's a good way to come out and have fun," said Samantha, a member of the Dakota Valley Cross Country team.

Because so many are visiting family, many came from out of town.  Casey and Annie Moore trotted in from Bloomington, Minnesota.

"This is the first year we'd heard of it, so we were excited to be here," said Annie.

With a day off of work and school you might think they'd take the day off from exercise too.

"My motto is no days off," said Mark Brown, the winner of the run, who was visiting from Ames.

"It's just fun to run," added George Townley, in from Toledo, Ohio.

Many participating in the early morning fun run said they won't feel so bad about taking an extra helping of turkey dinner.

"I was looking for a good workout before the big meal," said Brown.

"I thought I'd try to get some exercise in before I go stuff my face," said John Voeltz, of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.

"I'm probably going to overeat today, so I thought let's get the exercise out of the way," said Deena Townley of Sioux City.

"We're just thankful for beautiful weather and the chance to get outside," added Julie Eickhoff, McCook Lake, South Dakota.

And, eating a turkey day dinner without packing on so many pounds.  Now, that's something to be thankful for, too. 

Like past years, runners brought canned goods to donate to the local food bank.    

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