GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s a Thanksgiving tradition: The Grand Rapids Turkey Trot to support Grand Rapids Public Schools students is celebrating its 30th year.

The annual 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday on W. Fulton St. near the main entrance to the Van Andel Arena Center. Organizers reported on Tuesday that about 3,800 people have already signed up.

Supported by the Blue Care Network, proceeds from the race help offset the costs of student-athletes participating in GRPS athletic programs.

“Move your feet before eating!” Turkey Trot co-director Holly Visser said. “This is our biggest fundraiser on behalf of the GRPS Foundation for schools sports programming all year, so it’s incredibly important to lift the spirits of all students in all sports.”

You can sign up for the race in advance online. In-person check-in and packet pickup begins at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. The main 5K will be preceded by a Kids Mini-Trot starting at 8am

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