More than 800 people got up early Thanksgiving morning.
Not to get a head start on their Thanksgiving feast, but to hit the pavement.
While most families were busy with their turkey's, the inaugural Thanksgiving 30A 10K race took place in Rosemary Beach.
"The area really needed a 10K on Thanksgiving day. I'm originally from Atlanta, we always ran the 1/2 marathon,” said Karen Meadows, the race director. “There was a really big need down here. I'm a big runner in the area and we thought it'd be a good time to start a race."
Meadows and two other friends got to work on the Thanksgiving 10K.
What they thought would be a nice event with about 100 runners turned into something much bigger.
More than 800 people signed up to run and close to $20,000 was given to "Donations for Danny."
Danny was a South Walton firefighter, paramedic, and friend to the race founders.
He was paralyzed earlier this year in an accident.
The money will help him with medical and rehabilitation costs.
Wednesday night as the three prepared for the big showing, their phones were ringing off the hook.
"The hotline has been ringing off the hook. So many ask, can we get in? Through email, the Facebook, next year will be bigger and better," said Amy Stoyles, the co-director.
This race was also a qualifier the Peachtree Road Race.
The 4th of July race is the biggest 10K in the country.