Nearly 900 participants stretched and stomped their feet as the temperature hovered around 40 degrees on Thanksgiving morning waiting to take off for Burbank's first Turkey Trot.
Organized by the Burbank YMCA, the race — split into 5 and 10 kilometers — was a successful trial run for what coordinators said they hope will become an annual event.
"'Phenomenal' is the one word I can think of that describes the turnout at this event," said YMCA Chief Executive JC Holt. "And our goal is to make this a signature event for Burbank."
Burbank's second annual Turkey Trot will be part of the city's centennial celebration, Holt added.
The route stretched along North 3rd Street in downtown Burbank between East Verdugo Avenue and Andover Drive, with a brief detour along Scott Road.
Volunteers arrived around 6 a.m. to help block the course off with their own cars.
Runners from as far away as New Jersey and around the state joined in the inaugural event.