(WACO) November 23, 2013) More than 100 runners pounded the wet pavement for the Central Texas Turkey Trot Saturday morning in Waco.
Among those braving the cold were members of the West Trojan cross country team, who said they are finding strength through unity months after the deadly April 17 fertilizer plant explosion.
Even on a day off from practice, the team came together for the run.
"Other than getting mist in your face every five seconds, it was a good run," Senior Mason Matus said. "A lot of cold weather and a lot of slick spots."
Despite distractions at home in West, the cross country team did well this year.
Senior Lauren Wernet says running takes her mind off tragedy.
"Running is fun for me," Wernet said.
"It is something I love to do; it is something that my whole family loves to do. It clears my mind and helps with the stress. It helped a lot after the explosion."
Like most teenagers, the team is looking forward to the holidays because being out of school means more time with friends and family.
"Our cross country team, were more of a family than anything," Wernet said. "Today just makes me feel like I am with my family and having fun."
Proceeds from the Central Texas Turkey Trot go the West ISD libraries.