Runners brace the cold for annual run

By Chad Weber

November 24, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It was cold enough to freeze a turkey Sunday.

But that didn't keep runners from competing in an annual Thanksgiving tradition.

The 43rd annual Turkey Trot took off Sunday at Detweiller Park.

Nearly 150 runners trotted up and down the hilly four mile course.

Despite colder temperatures than usual, Park District officials said turnout was only down slightly.

"You have to be a runner," said Matt Suellentrop of the Peoria Park District. "You know the cold weather can get to you a little bit but you also have to be ready for the hills. You go up a hill and down a hill and that cold air up and down a hill can certainly get to you."

Along with water and cookies, runners also had hot chocolate awaiting them at the finish line.

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