ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA) — Hundreds of people braved the cold and rainy weather to support veterans and first responders on Thursday (November 28).

Local nonprofit, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance hosted the 12th annual Turkey Trot in Rogers.

Almost 400 people crossed the starting line at the Center for Nonprofits, with some setting off on a 5K and others a one-mile fun walk.

The nonprofit works to give veterans and first responders an opportunity to stay active after their job in the field is done.

It always wants to bring awareness to those still serving.

“I’m always reminded of my 30 years in the Corps how there were so many Thanksgivings I wasn’t able to be at home with my family, ” said Sheep Dog founder, Sergeant Major Lance Nutt. “So it’s important. It’s important that we don’t forget those men and women.”

Retired Marine, Nick Perales lost his leg in combat and was the guest of honor for the race. He said Sheep Dog has been an important part of his life.

“To me, the most important thing about it is giving guys like myself and many warriors like myself the opportunity to continue serving our country beyond the call of duty,” Perales said. “To be a purposeful member of society and to give back.”

If you missed the race this year, Nutt said Sheep Dog will be hosting the race again on Thanksgiving of 2020.