Families and friends got up early to start Thanksgiving Day off by breaking a sweat.
The Boulevard Bolt kicked off in Belle Meade with thousands of avid runners and those who've simply made the race a Thanksgiving tradition.
This was the 22nd year for the event, which has raised money for the homeless population.
Each year, volunteers from several churches have worked together to make the run possible.
Mayor Megan Barry was there to encourage the runners and to participate herself.
“Whenever I look around and see what's happening in Nashville, I see people wanting to give back, and that is absolutely evident today by all the folks who are here who do make this a family tradition but also know it goes to a great cause,” Mayor Barry said.
The event has raised more than $2.5 million in the last 22 years.