by Lisa Tome
About 50 people, including lots of children, didn't head out for Black Friday shopping.
Instead, they decided to work off the damage from the day before.
Burn the Bird, a second annual day after Thanksgiving family fun 5K, is sponsored by BCF24.
This free event is to get individuals and families moving after they may have overeaten.
"We want to get the community out and exercising after a day of eating," said BCF24 staffer Jen Finkel. "This is also to encourage kids. It's okay to eat, but fitness is important to balance it out."
The event took runners and walkers from the fitness center through the West Nottingham Academy campus and back to the center.
Mike Montgomery, owner of BCF24, said he was surprised at the large turnout. He said about half of those who completed the event are gym members.
The remaining participants came from within the community.
"I'm glad it's growing. We had a lot of families and a lot of non members. This was a good chance for people to work off that pumpkin pie," said Montgomery.
Those who participated were asked to donate non-perishable food for those in need. St. Vincent de Paul Society, a Catholic organization which operates a food pantry in western Cecil County, received the canned and box goods.
Ellie Gomez of Colora was one of the participants. She joined the fitness center's Crossfit program a few months ago and was impressed with her performance during the 5K. "I jogged that whole thing," said Gomez.
The day before Thanksgiving BCF24 also hosted a Pre-Turkey Burn. Montgomery said he expects that both events will be bigger and better next year.