Residents of Bay St. Louis gather together for a 5k trot on Thanksgiving


Many coastal residents got an early start to their post-Thanksgiving meal workouts this morning at the 10th Annual Fit-First Turkey Trot. The trot began and finished at the train depot in Bay St. Louis and consisted of both a 5k run and a one mile run with people of all ages invited. 375 total runners participated in the events. This race is put on to help benefit the friends of the animal shelter in Hancock county. The shelter collected donations of food, toys and more at the trot and gave advice to people about adopting a pet. Runners were also given free drinks and breakfast after the race.

Turkey Trot Race Director Jessica Johnson said, “Just seeing the people…Thanksgiving day is just a really happy day. There’s not a lot of pressure. We just cook. We eat. There’s no gifts. It’s just a really easy day, and so it’s just a lot of fun. I probably don’t even have the right words of what it means to me. It just gives me goose bumps. It makes me happy, and it gives me all the feels, and so it’s just a good day.”

Prizes were given out to first, second and third place in each age group.
First place won a turkey, second won stuffing and third won cranberry sauce.