Posted 3:30 PM 11/22/2012 : Tradition honors deployed dad at Turkey Trot
The Pikes Peak YMCA Turkey Trot continues a tradition of growing in numbers each year. More then 3-thousand runners and walkers signed up to take part in this year's 5K.
Sponsored by the YMCA it is about fitness and fun. "It's a lot of fun to be out here and it's a great way to start your Thanksgiving," said Runner, Derek Swanson.
For many families it is also an important tradition and way to honor others.
The Carney family from Colorado Springs ran with their dad last year, but this Thanksgiving Major Ian Carney is deployed by the Air Force to the Middle East. They did not want to run without him, but then came up with a plan to include him by proxy with a photograph blown up to life size. "We decided a few weeks ago, since he wasn't going to be here with us that we'd bring this guy with us and we'd kind of trade off who'd be carrying him," said Major Carney's son, Stone. Their story is like many others in the Pikes Peak Region where many military men and women have to be away from family during the holidays because they are serving in the military.
Money raised at the Turkey Trot makes programs at the YMCA more affordable for low income families.