It's not thanksgiving without a turkey trot! Runners met at Lincoln Memorial Park this morning for the Thanksgiving tradition.

"we came to run today because we want the force to be with us for thanksgiving....and we're very thankful," says a Lincoln runner dressed as Yoda and accompanied by Darth Vader, and Leia.

This was the 11th year for the Cooper Branch YMCA Turkey Trot, and it grew the event's largest crowd to date with just over 1,900 people.

They kicked the morning off with a one mile fun run or walk for families and little ones, then moved on to the 5K. Just over three miles running through Lincoln Memorial Park before crossing the finish line.

Some runners there were looking to beat their previous times, and others just running for fun and community, even on the cold winter morning.

"Once you get moving its not nearly as cold and again its really fun to be out with all the other community members that are just as hardy and just as willing to get out here in the cold today and be part of this holiday tradition," says Amy Pohl as she prepares for the 5K.

All the proceeds from the Turkey Trot goes to the YMCA's 'Strong Kids Campaign' which provides memberships and programs to under privileged families and youth.