Drumstick Dash returns in-person this year with new course

ROANOKE, Va. – Thanksgiving Day in Roanoke kicked off with the Annual Drumstick Dash to support the Roanoke Rescue Mission.

A cold morning welcomed runners to River’s Edge Park for the start of the dash. This year’s race brought tons of excitement because it was back in person.

“It is wonderful. We ran virtually last year of course and it is good to be back moving our feet, so that others can eat,” said Marion Childres, who ran his 15th dash this Thanksgiving.

There were plenty of people lining the streets, cheering on the runners and walkers. Some were even dressed up for the occasion in their best turkey costume.