AUSTIN, Texas — Tens of thousands of people laced up for the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot, getting their last-minute workout before the big dinner.

Families warmed up and got ready for the 5-mile run throughout downtown, a local Thanksgiving tradition for 26 years.

The kids got a head start by participating in the Kids K race.

While many have been taking the Turkey Trot since the start, thousands join for the first time each year - seasoned runners and novices alike.

Aside from the obvious physical benefits, the race also benefits Caritas of Austin.

The non-profit has been providing resources for the hungry and homeless for more than 50 years.

"On a day like this, it's so important to give back, to start out a day of indulgence with something that's not only healthy but also really good for the community," said runner Aisha Gayle Turner.

That makes the holiday even sweeter, and the collective effort worth it.