Nearly 700 come out for 2017 Walnut Turkey Day Dash

Before people stuffed their faces, several stuffed the front lawn of Walnut Elementary for the 2017 edition of the Walnut Turkey Day Dash.

According to Walnut Elementary School prinicpal Jami Dakin, roughly 690 people signed up to be a part of the seventh annual 5K. The day included competitive runners and some just getting out for a fun run or walk. Dakin says the atmosphere of the day makes for a wonderful time.
Amanda Dreier of Emporia and her mother Sandy Bell were participating in their first Turkey Day Dash and spoke to KVOE about the experience.
The day also included costumes. Tom Herring of Emporia, a member of Beard Team Kansas, brought his wife, four boys and a good friend.
Awards were handed out for best individual costume which went to Tito Aguilar who was dressed in Christmas lights. Lori Edie won the best group costume as she dressed her son's stroller up as Santa's sleigh. The best overall time went to Asher Delmott, who ran the 5K in 16 minutes and 50 seconds. He talks about what inspires him for this particular event.
Proceeds benefit anything Walnut teachers need to help kids learn, which may include special field trips, guest speakers and resources for classroom projects.
Lori Edie poses with her son for best group costume for Santa's Sleigh. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News.
Tito Aguilar won best individual costume for his Christmas light themed outfit. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News.