Hale to the Bird tops 600 runners in Cottage Grove
More than 600 runners started their Thanksgiving with the Hale to the Bird 5K in Cottage Grove.
The Thursday, Nov. 23, race drew 623 participants, the most yet in the event's eight-year run at Hamlet Park.
Hale to the Bird raises money and donations for the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. Adam Elling, who organizes the run with his brother Matt Elling and friend Tim Maurer, said last year's race brought in $6,000 for the food shelf.
"Hopefully we can raise that again," he said.
Final fundraising numbers will be available in the coming days.