Thousands participate in Boulevard Bolt

Thousands participate in Boulevard Bolt (Image 1)

Before feasting on turkey dinners, thousands of runners burned calories in Belle Meade Thanksgiving morning.

The 15th Annual Boulevard Bolt began at 8 a.m. Thursday.

The five-mile run started at St. George's Episcopal Church and followed Belle Meade Boulevard to Percy Warner Park and back.

Volunteers from the congregations of Immanuel Baptist Church, St. George's Episcopal Church, and The Temple work to put on the race each Thanksgiving Day.

Nearly 8,000 people ran in this year's event.

Since 1994, the Boulevard Bolt has grown to become one of the largest five mile races in the country, according to the event's Web site.

It's a family tradition for thousands of people.

All of the proceeds from this year's Boulevard Bolt event will go toward organizations that help the homeless.

The event benefits more than a dozen local charities, including the YWCA, the Oasis Center, St. Luke's Community House and the Campus for Human Development.

More than 7,800 people participated in the 2007 Boulevard Bolt, which raised about $150,000 for agencies that serve the homeless in Middle Tennessee.

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