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Hundreds burn calories in Turkey Trot

Friday, November 25th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of people gathered at Wrightsville Beach Park this morning to burn off some calories before putting them on with their Thanksgiving meal.

At eight o’clock Thursday morning, hundreds of runners and walkers came together this Thanksgiving to support Habitat for Humanity by taking part in the 7th Annual Turkey Trot Run and Walk.

While there may be some serious runners in the crowd there are dozens of families as well. One happy group had four generations participating.

“We have my grandmother my mom and dad, my sister and my two kids,” Jennifer Robbins said. We decided to make this part of our new Thanksgiving tradition.”

Jennifer Robbins is from Winnabow, her mom Bobbi is from Goldsboro and her grandmother Kelsie is from West Virginia. All were excited for the Turkey Trot.

Robbins said, “I thought it was a good idea. If you are going to eat so much on Thanksgiving to get out and go run before hand.”

As for the youngest generation in the bunch, Laney Robbins said, “ I think it’s going to be very fun.”

Before we could ask little Laney anymore questions it was time for the race!

Runners and walkers of all ages quickly left the gate but it did not take long to see participants come back, including Kelsie and Bobbi, who were feeling good.

And while it may feel great to come in first at the Turkey Trot, even the winner of the race knows it’s all about family on Thanksgiving.

First place runner, Mark Kauffman, said, “It’s fun and it’s for a good cause and it’s turkey day so get out here with your family and have fun with it.”

And that’s what many families did Thursday morning, have fun. Making the Turkey Trot more than a race but a family tradition.

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Berger holds key vote on property deal

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Other New Hanover County commissioners split on approving purchase

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Career lab at CFCC starts off on a strong foot

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Lab a "one-stop shop" for job seekers, people who want to build career skills

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Area teen quacks his way into championship

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

17-year-old Nathan Garrett is competing in the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest.

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Wilmington families open hearts and homes to Marines

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A busload of Camp Lejeune Marines made their way to the Port City Thanksgiving morning to enjoy a holiday meal with strangers.

Port City Java organized the event that brought more than 50 Marines into Wilmington, pairing them off with families that were grateful for their service and happy to feed a few more.

Though more than one hundred families wanted to help out, only 27 were needed. Twig Rollins considers himself lucky to be chosen.

“We’re going to have 20, 21 of us here and it would be ok with me if we had 42 of us,” he said. “Just to let them know that they are loved and appreciated and that it’s just not lip service. They really are appreciated for what they do and what they are willing to give.”

18 year-old Quamir Mathis and 20 year-old Andrew Fildes are both away from home and say this is the next best thing.

“I was like ‘a real Thanksgiving dinner, yes!’ said Fildes.

“I’m pretty new at it, but I’m trying to defend my country and I just appreciate the gratitude that they’re showing us by bring us into their home,” said Mathis.

Bill Harrell served in the Navy and knows how homesick the holidays make someone. He still remembers when a family took him in for Christmas dinner more than 60 years ago.

“They think about being at home on thanksgiving and Christmas, I know I did when I was in the service,” he said. “Just a whole lot of enjoyment and it helped me to realize the true meaning of Christmas.”

Harrell says he hopes the Marines have the same fond memories of this Thanksgiving.

“They’re awesome,” said Fildes. “It’s great to be off base for a little bit.”

“These are my family,” said Mathis. “This is my family. That’s the best way I can think of it.”

Both the families and Marines say what they are most Thankful for is each other.

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