VIDEO: Runners in the annual Thanskgiving-morning Giving Thanks 5K run and walk in the Loveland, Ohio White Pillars neighborhood – as seen by a drone. The event raises donations for a local charity.

BY JOE WESSELS
Loveland Local News

LOVELAND, Ohio — Almost 600 people got up early on Thanksgiving morning to go for a run through a Loveland neighborhood – all for a good cause.

The annual Giving Thanks 5K is completely contained within the White Pillars neighborhood along Columbia Road (Ohio State Route 48) on Loveland’s southeastern edge.

Organizer Jen Steiner’s son, Brady Steiner – a 14-year-old 8th-grade cross country runner at Loveland Middle School – won this year’s race, outpacing his competition by far. He had a completion time around 18 minutes 13 seconds, he said. He kept time on his wristwatch.

Runners and walkers each paid $5 to participate. Alternatively, participants can donate five canned goods. All donations are turned over to the Life Food Pantry, a Loveland-based food bank. The Kroger in Loveland donated food and snacks for participants, Steiner said.

This video captures the race start, selected portions of the race – and follows the race leader at segments.