Turkey Trot raises money for Girls Inc., feeds needy

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Instead of waking up at the crack of dawn Thanksgiving morning to put a turkey in the oven, more than 300 people showed up for Girls Inc. of Jackson County’s Turkey Trot.

In its third year, the 8K run and 5K walk has become a tradition for many and a successful fundraiser for Girls Inc.

The overall winner of this year’s race was Clayton Bowie of Southport.

Aside from the entry fee of $25 for those who registered early or $35 on Thursday, participants also were asked to donate five canned goods or nonperishable food items to help stock the shelves of Jackson County Human Services Inc.’s food pantry.

Official numbers won’t be available until next week, Brenda Tracy, executive director of Girls Inc., said, but this year proved to be the best year yet, with estimates of more than $8,000 raised and 1,500 food items collected.

“Every year, it’s growing,” she said Friday.

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