JACKSON TWP.  Kent State University at Stark held its annual Turkey Trot 5K Run and Kid’s Fun Run on Nov. 18. There were 250 people registered this year. Despite the cold, heavy rain, around 125 came out to run.

Stacie Humm, recreation wellness and programs and facilities manager, said the race is held to help collect food items to donate to the local food bank.

"Every year, we ask each of the registered runners to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Stark County Hunger Task Force," said Humm.

The Kid’s Fun Run that is usually held before the adults take off was canceled because of the inclement weather. The adult runners kicked off their race at 9 a.m. sharp. They ran around the Kent State Stark Campus twice and around the parking once before crossing the finish line.

Periods of thunder and lightning were forecasted a few days before but only the rain showed up to try to dampen the fun. The rainy weather didn’t seem to bother the runners or walkers. 

"I think the weather Gods wanted us to run this morning, so we only got the rain. People run this race because it is for a good cause. Those who showed up today wanted to enjoy time with their family while giving back to the community," Humm said.

All participants received a T-shirt and a medal. The top male and female adult runners won a free turkey.