On Thanksgiving morning in Frisco, the city’s relatively new North Texas Turkey Trot tradition was bursting at its seams.
4,000 Runners Support Special Needs Leagues
Organizers hope to make the trot an annual tradition
With more than double the participation of last Thanksgiving, the North Texas Turkey Trot in Frisco is gaining momentum supporting kids with special needs. (Published Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012)
Updated at 3:51 PM CDT on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012
“This year, we’re topping off at 4,000 [runners],” said Cacy Saffery, a board member of The Miracle League of Frisco.
The Miracle League is responsible for seven sports teams, supporting school-aged athletes with special needs.
Before the run last year, Saffery said he and other organizers were hoping for maybe 1,000 participants.
They ended up with about 1,800, never imagining they’d more than double that number the following holiday.
“We love our family and we wanted to do something fun,” said runner Brandy Couchot, running with her cousin Lauren and much of the extended family, all dressed up as turkeys and other festive Thanksgiving characters.
The first run of the morning, however, focused on The Miracle League’s athletes.
"We hope this will be a family anchor throughout our community,” Saffery said.
“There’s a void, and we want to fill that void. We want it to be the standard and not the exception.”
The Miracle League of Frisco offers opportunities for kids to play basketball, soccer, baseball, bowling, track and more.