Hundreds of runners defy the cold for turkey trot

By Matt Porter

November 28, 2013 Updated Nov 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM EDT

Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 750 runners got up early Thanksgiving morning for the Pete Keyes Turkey Trot at Otsiningo Park.

It's a 5-mile race that raises money for scholarships given out to student runners in the triple cities.

Defying the cold, Liz Jeremko visiting from Austin, TX, came out to run in the race.

"My toes are freezing, my hands are cold, and I feel like my lungs are going to lock up," Jeremko said. "But I think it's going to be fun."

Runners came from all over the Southern Tier, and some from across the country visiting their families for the holiday.

Eric Dino, visiting from Norwalk, CT, said the race has become a Thanksgiving tradition when he visits home in Binghamton.

"Being out with family and friends, I got my nephew running with me. I've done this for the last four years," Dino said. "I'm a runner by trade, why not."

Last year, the race was able to award five $1,000 scholarships to student runners in the Southern Tier.

Race organizers estimated more than $6,000 was raised in this year's 5th annual race.

They hope that will be enough to award more scholarships this year.