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Record number of runners take on Thanksgiving Day 10K

Posted at 12:40 PM, Nov 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-23 18:45:58-05

CINCINNATI -- A record number of runners came out in their hats, gloves and turkey-themed attire to walk or run this year's Thanksgiving Day 10K.

More than 13,000 participants ran through Covington, Newport and Downtown Thursday morning in one of Greater Cincinnati's oldest traditions.

Julie Isphording, race director, said she's not surprised the city's 108th race brought so many runners.

"(We have) record setting numbers because weather, because ... downtown is so beautiful and more more families are coming to the race," Isphording said.

The race started at Paul Brown Stadium, and even the littlest of runners had a chance to participate. 

This year marks the second year for the McDonald's Fun Run, Isphording said. Over 200 kids ran this year.

J.J. Weber took the men's title, and Tori Gerlach won the women's.

"It was really awesome I love racing on the street because of the crowd," Gerlach said. "They really keep me going, and Cincinnati's an awesome city." 

Weber also said there's a lot to love about the race, especially the course and the crowd.

"Everything about it is amazing," Weber said.