YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Hundreds of runners needed to defrost after braving the frigid temperatures on Thanksgiving morning to compete in the second annual Hudson Valley Turkey Trot in Yorktown, organized by state Sen. Terrence Murphy and the Taconic Road Runners. Several Mahopac runners took part. The town closed three roads to hold the event. All proceeds from the race benefit two local food pantries: St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Mohegan Lake, and St. John’s Food Pantry in Mahopac.

At the starting line, Murphy signaled the start of the race with the help of Christian Dunn, a 2-year-old Yorktown boy who is battling a rare form of muscular dystrophy. The day earlier, the Yorktown Police Department donated $4,000 to the family to help them purchase a wheelchair-accessible van.

“This is what our community is all about: helping one another,” Murphy said. “And that’s what we’re going to do here today.”