SPOKANE, Wash -

If the average Thanksgiving diner consumes 2,500 calories in one sitting, thousands of people in Spokane got a head-start on burning it off, taking part in the annual Turkey Trot at Manito Park.

For many families, the Turkey Trot is much of a tradition as the meal itself. Unlike the grown-ups' table, this outing has no age requirement. One couple brought a three-day old baby to begin the tradition.

While some chose to run, others chose to walk. Some, just wanted to show off their turkey day wardrobes.

The run is free, thanks to the Bloomsday Road Runners Club. Runners and walkers were encouraged to bring donations for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Organizers can't say for sure how long trotters have been turning out for the event, which winds through the neighborhood near Manito Park. One thing is for sure: the turnout gets bigger every year.

"We're guess-timating about 5,000 this year, which I think is up a little bit," said Curt Kinghorn. The temperature's good, there's no snow on the ground, there's no rain. It's the perfect day to come out and run."

And, forget strict rules that come with other organized races.

"They can do whatever they want," said Frank Anselmo. "Where they stop running is where they finish. Cheating isn't just tolerated, it's encouraged."