Thousands participate in Drumstick Dash 5k race in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Thousands of people flocked to downtown Roanoke Thursday morning for the 12th Annual Union Drumstick Dash.

More than 13,000 runners and walkers came together in the chilly weather to support a good cause.

All of the money raised during the event goes to the Roanoke Rescue Mission to feed hungry families.

"Move your feet so others can eat" was their slogan for the event.

People of all ages and their dogs participated in the race. Some even dressed up in festive Thanksgiving-themed outfits.

"We did it with our school group. I teach at Fallon Park Elementary School, so we did it as a group together," said race participant Katie Stover.

Stover's husband Matt also participated in the race to support his wife.

"It's been a lot of fun and kind of justifies eating all of the turkey and food later on," Matt Stover said.

24-year-old Harry Toney from Harrisonburg finished the race in first place, running it in 15:43.

22-year-old Tyler O'Brien from Goodview came in at a close second finishing the race 15:44.