Mississippi Aquarium hosts 3rd annual Otter Trotter 5K

Runners got up bright and early to enjoy the Mississippi Aquarium’s third annual Otter Trotter 5K.

Over 200 runners lined up to get active before indulging in a Thanksgiving meal.

The route this year was a little different due to construction taking place.

Once the race was over, each participant was presented a medal and early entry into the aquarium.

The annual Otter Trotter is the kick-off to the aquarium’s holiday season.

The 5K has become a tradition for many families.

“This day is what we are supposed to be thankful for and after we leave here we are going to go back to the house that we have rented and we are going to cook the whole turkey dinner,” said Bobbye Cantu, a runner from Baton Rouge. “Even though we are from Louisiana, we love Mississippi”

This holiday season, the aquarium will be decked out in Christmas decorations and guests will have a chance to get their photo taken with the Atlantic Bottle-Nose Dolphins in front of the dolphin viewing window.

Guests can also go diving in “Santa’s H2-ho-ho-ho” in Aquatic Wonders and partake in getting a photo with a penguin.

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