With holidays centered around food, it can be difficult to honor pledges to shed the extra calories we take in with large helpings and rich desserts.

But residents of North Dallas-based Presbyterian Village North snuck in a workout before indulging in a Thanksgiving Day feast. 

Residents participated in the Gobble Hobble Wobble, a socially distanced fun walk that included a warm-up, free masks, a bib and goodie bag. Lifestyle Fitness Manager Deanna Lisenby said that 40 residents signed up for the event. 

They had the option of competing or completing a 5K, one-mile or one-third-mile walk at their own pace along a marked trail on the 66-acre campus. To accommodate social distancing, residents were divided into four heats, with no more than 10 participants per heat.

Participants were cheered on by a staff member dressed in a turkey costume. 

Resident Ben Casey said he and his wife signed up for the event to get some exercise and have fun.

“We wanted to get some exercise because we’re going to have a great big Thanksgiving lunch, and we want to burn it off before we have it so we can earn it,” he said.

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