The annual Festival Foods Turkey Trot is always packed with feeling -- ranging from the excitement of a race to the camaraderie of getting together with friends and family at the start of Thanksgiving Day. The event, which is one near and dear to our hearts since it started in 2008, also has a lot of numbers. Here are just a handful: Three distances -- our event featured a five-mile run and a two-mile walk on Nov. 26 in the communities of Appleton, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, La Crosse, Manitowoc, Marshfield and Oshkosh. The event in Green Bay was re-routed to feature a four-mile run and a two-mile walk. So that's in eight cities with 29,905 participants. who received 29,905 pumpkin pies and -- along with volunteers from across the state -- wore 36,500 long-sleeved Turkey Trot shirts.
We're very proud of the 2015 edition of the Festival Foods Turkey Trot, which turned out to be held on a particularly cold and blustery day! But we're especially thrilled about an even bigger number: the total number of participants in the event since we started in 2008. 190,728 people have participated in the Turkey Trot over the past seven years. And if that wasn't enough all by itself, that number of participants last year means we've been able to raise $280,000 for two charities with 14 local organizations and programs across Wisconsin in the Boys & Girls Clubs and the YMCA. And then there's the whopping $1.57 million dollars we've been able to raise through this event since 2008 for those groups to do what they do best -- help kids and people in need in our communities.