While some of us were still fast asleep Thursday morning, thousands of people worked up a Thanksgiving appetite in Coolidge Park. The Grateful Gobbler is a 20-year tradition in the Scenic City and a new tradition for some of the runners.

“I’ve wanted to do something like this for several years and this year we decided that we would,” runner Daina Spears said. “We've had a lot of fun planning, buying our gear, we hope to make it a family tradition."

They suited up early for the morning 5K, some getting really in the holiday spirit.

"We were going to try and look cute with matching shirts. But we couldn't find any fall colors or sweaters or anything,” Sarah Tortora said. “But then we found a whole turkey costume, so it worked out!”

The run is a fun way to kick off Thanksgiving, but it's also a great cause. 100% of the proceeds go to the Maclellan Shelter for Families, an emergency homeless shelter.

"It's a wonderful cause and it's a nice way to start Thanksgiving since we are definitely grateful gobblers,” Spears said.

It gives everyone an extra reason to be grateful.

"I have a seven-month-old baby so I'm very grateful for him and for my husband," runner Cassie Elliott said. "And I’m grateful for my husband and our family and my job at Hardy Elementary," Tortora said.

The Maclellan Shelter provides a stable environment for families facing homelessness. For more information about the shelter and next year’s Grateful Gobbler, visit gratefulgobblerwalk.org.