Thanksgiving morn, and the tradition that has now become a fixture on the running and walking circuit for the extended E Streeters family, which this year seemed to grow to bursting numbers.
It's the Thanks4Giving 5K at the Lowell Elks to benefit the Alternative House battered women's shelter of Greater Lowell.
As regular readers of this blog know, we're proud and honored to support local charities as much as we can when we log our miles, and this particular event has evolved into quite the reunion of friends and family, as you'll see in the pics that follow.
Pre-race at the number pick-up, we sport all colors
This year's poster family for the race promotions this year, the running turkeys of Clan Cassidy
The Cali girls, Heather, Court, and Heather
A man alone at the start, Scott eyeballs his competition before the big race.
With two of his three favorite ladies. Sue - you've got to join us next year!
Some of the males of E Street
The Corbin ladies, reunited for the holiday Trying to look tough, but we know better.
You can't lose these Cassidys in this crowd
Five fine looking ladies are still all smiles, because the start gun hasn't gone off yet
And then some clown had to come and spoil the shot
The ladies of Clan Kenny
Heather hates when her dad runs with his camera. Mike, however, loves it
All the way from the left coast, Heather represented well
John came out of retirement to pace Barry in to this year's finish
Heather's listening to live coverage of the race to gauge how she's finishing
Clearly, she got a good report
DJ leads the orange shirts in
Joni, refusing to let her brother beat her in to the finish, turns on the after-burners
Post-race, Andrew was ready to do some primo photo-bombing.
Until his sister warned him not to.
Clearly, he didn't listen.
And even got Scott and John to join him in his antics
So to be fair, here's what the ladies look like without the bouncing brats behind them
Taking some pies home for Tom
Weezer refused to cooperate for the Kenny family pic
Heath and Liv, who would have run, but was too busy helping people pick up their numbers at the start
They really do love each other.
All smiles and thumbs up from Kimberley as she wraps up her outing
And finally, the group of pies
Taking a moment as I do each year on this blog to give special thanks. Thanks that we're all still able to gather for this outing and are healthy enough to still walk and run it.
We lost one of our extended family this year - missing you, Martin - but as a sprawling group of friends, we're still holding on remarkably well.
The next generation of E Streeters is making their mark and doing us all proud.
Thanks to the rest of our families who are there to support us all year long.
Thanks for continued good health and happiness for all.
And thanks to the regular readers of this blog, who schlep through all the other posts throughout the year and yet still keep coming back.
Happy Thanksgiving all!