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Turkey Trotters Get Head Start on Giving Thanks

SPRINGDALE, AR-- Most people like to get a little exercise after they eat their Thanksgiving meal, but Springdale police and the group Sheepdog Impact Assistance celebrated Thanksgiving with a Turkey Trot.

SPRINGDALE, AR-- Most people like to get a little exercise after they eat their Thanksgiving meal, but Springdale police and the group Sheepdog Impact Assistance celebrated Thanksgiving with a Turkey Trot.

Runners put their best foot forward at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale on Thursday, before filling up on Thanksgiving day feasts. People from all over filled in to run in the sixth annual Turkey Trot. It's a fundraiser hosted by Sheep Dog Impact Assistance... a non-profit organization that helps wounded warriors and their families.

Garrett Small with Sheep Dog said "It's a great way to burn some calories and up your metabolism so you can have that wonderful Thanksgiving meal with your family. We use the money that we raise for meals for veterans families and for first responders families in need this holiday season."

This year, money raised will also support the Springdale Police benevolent fund and their annual "Shop With a Cop" holiday program for kids in need.

Springdale police captain, Ron Hritz, said the benevolent fund "helps families... letting them know that there's somebody there that can help them when they have needs.

Hundreds of runners were racing for a reason and next year event organizers hope to reach even more families with the help of trotters on turkey day.

Small said "This is a great time where families get together. We anticipate continuing this and hope to get more participants in the future."
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