HUDSON — A sweet chime greeted runners Thanksgiving morning in the city’s annual holiday race, ringing in the rebirth of a family tradition.

Dozens of people lined Harry Howard Avenue for the 51st Turkey Trot on Thursday to participate in or watch the community’s Thanksgiving Day custom, hosted by Hudson Elks Lodge 787. The race returned this year after a one-year cancelation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beth Davis, of Au Sable Forks in the Adirondacks, grew up in a family of seven children in Hudson, who gather to share drinks, laughs and Thanksgiving dinner with 40 people each year.

She joined her loved ones to cheer on runners Maddy Clark, 13; Mikey Clark, 14; Enzo Turner, 11; and Hayden and Trevor Devlin from the sidelines, ringing a large bell as racers sprinted to the finish.

“Was that hill brutal?” one of Davis’ siblings called out to one of their children after they completed the first race.

About 35 children ran in the traditional 1-mile trot with an estimated 50 adults participating in the following 2.5-mile race.

Davis swung her arm until the bell sang into the crisp 35-degree air, greeting her running family members and friends with a smile for both contests.

The former family dinner bell was traditionally swung at sporting events by Jeanette Winant, of Hudson — the family matriarch who died last fall at age 90.

Winant’s obituary notes she was the life of the party, and lists several of her cherished past times throughout life, including knitting, crocheting, painting and ringing a bell a ball games.

Davis on Thursday took over the job, marking a new era for the tradition. Her siblings, nieces and nephews smiled as she rang it, saying she was the spitting image of her mom.

The family was ecstatic to be together for Thursday’s holiday after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re very happy to hug each other,” said Jill Turner, one of Winant’s grandchildren. “We’re happy to sit around together and laugh.”

Braden Barrett, age 5, of Hudson, was first to finish the 1-mile race after participating in the trot for the first time with his brother, Camden Barrett, 5.

He struggled to fight to be the leader of the pack, he said afterward, but did not miss a beat to ponder participating next year.

“Definitely,” he said.

Thursday’s trot came full circle for Carl Winkler, of Hudson, who ran the 1-mile race Thursday with his sons Caleb, 4, and Cadyn, 8.

“It will be a tradition now that they’re old enough,” said Winkler, who participated in the race as a young boy.

Winkler works as a nurse and expressed gratitude to return

“It’s great to be here and be part of the community — it’s the best,”

Christine Grossman, the Elks Lodge Past Exalted Ruler, has helped coordinate the Turkey Trot for the last decade.

“The weather’s great and participation has been fantastic — we’re glad to be able to do it through COVID,” Grossman said. “We’re happy to keep the tradition going.”

Lodge mascot Elroy the Elk took photos with runners and children, making them laugh.

Streets were closed on Harry Howard Avenue, Glenwood Boulevard, Paddock Place, Riverledge Road and Short, State and North Sixth streets until the last runner crossed the finish line.

The Hudson Police Department escorted runners and patrolled the roads with assistance from the Hudson and Greenport fire departments and the Hudson High School girls basketball teams.

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