ROANOKE, Va. – Thursday marked the 14th annual Atlantic Union Bank Drumstick Dash in downtown Roanoke.
“It’s the perfect way to start Thanksgiving Day," said Linda Bailey who came to cheer on the crowd.
The Drumstick Dash is a time to give thanks.
“We have to be grateful for what God has given us, the opportunity to come here and serve, run so people can eat. There’s a lot of people here that don’t have any jobs,” said Raphael Sanabria who participated in the race.
The 5K is also a time to give back.
Kevin Spencer who volunteers as the race mascot, Dash, said, “You can tell people you did something today that helped the homeless.”
The Drumstick Dash started as a small way to raise money for Rescue Mission’s food budget.
It’s now worked it’s way into the hearts and traditions of thousands.