On a day to stop and be thankful for so many things in life, it is also a time to give. Thursday morning in Rosemary Beach, hundreds of joggers participated in the 30a10k to support a cause.
Around 800 joggers were involved in the main race and the one mile Fun Run to raise money for Danny Margagliano, a local paramedic and firefighter who was paralyzed in an accident earlier this year.
"We originally started out thinking we would have one hundred, two hundred, three hundred people tops, and we ended up selling out. Now, we're close to 800 people which is phenomenal," says Amy Stoyles, co-director of the 30a10K.
The inaugural race is a certified race course which means it's a qualifier for others like the Peachtree Road Race.
The money raised Thursday will help make Margagliano's home ADA compliant, and the turnout he says is something to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving.
"It's just been great the turnout," says Margagliano. "We never expected to have this many people. With this many people from the community and traveling here for the holidays, we're just so excited and feel so blessed that this many people are here to help support."
Race directors expect to raise nearly 20 thousand dollars to donate.