Turkey Leg Fun Run pays for hundreds of children’s books at the Palouse Library

Turkey Leg Fun Run pays for hundreds of children’s books at the Palouse Library »Play Video
Children’s books are specially marked with a “Turkey Leg” sticker.
PALOUSE, WA - A lot of people enjoy working out on Thanksgiving morning to build up an appetite before they feast. In the town of Palouse they do just that, and they even raise money in the process.

Reporter Rachel Dubrovin tells us about the Palouse Turkey Leg and explains how the community's youth benefits from it all year round.

It was a chilly Thanksgiving morning in the town of Palouse. But that didn't stop these devoted community members and their pets from waking up… and bundling up for the annual Turkey Leg Fun Run.

"I came up with the Turkey Leg nine years ago as a way to raise money for our library," said Turkey Leg Fun Run Founder Tiana Gregg.

"We've got two dogs with us and so we're going to just take them out for a walk and kind of start off the day with a good walk with our friends and neighbors," said participant Diane Kelly-Riley.

Participants find sponsors to donate money for every one-mile they run or walk. That money goes straight to the local library.

"We get between 50 to 100 people that have done this, and lots of families do it every year," said Gregg.

"We want to earn that Turkey, and also we enjoy being out with family and friends here and getting a little exercise," said participant Michael Riley.

This fun run has paid for hundreds of children's books, and they're all specially marked with a "Turkey Leg" sticker like this. It's a way for the community to show their appreciation for one of the town's most valuable assets.

"For kids, it's one of the only places they have to go after school," said Gregg. "And a lot of people, that's one of the only places they have to meet other people."

"Especially in these small towns out here, in Palouse and in our town in Potlatch, the libraries are kind of the center, where a lot of people can access information, check out books, they can use the internet," said Kelly-Riley. "And so it's an important place in the community."

And the kids seem to think the books are pretty valuable, too.

"So we get off the computer… ," said child.

The Palouse Library is open on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Thursdays from 2:00-6:00p.m., and on Fridays from Noon to 6:00p.m.