SPRINGVILLE – Now in its seventh year, the Gobble for Groceries 5K Run and Fun Walk is continuing to grow and support a good cause for Springville area residents.
The Gobble for Groceries 5K Run and 2 Mile Fun Walk will take place on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, with registration starting at 8 a.m. and the run beginning at 9 a.m. All donations will benefit the Community Kitchen at the Springville Trading Post and the Food Pantry.
“The whole team had a sense of pride that we can raise money locally and it will stay in our local geographic area for those who are less fortunate,” Gobble for Groceries event organizer Christine Greene said.
The course will stay mostly the same as it was last year, which dropped the race from a 3.6 mile run to either a 3.1 mile run or a 2 mile walk. Last year, Greene said, reception for the changes was positive.
Greene said last year’s Gobble for Groceries brought out around 250 people and she hopes to expand that number and the donations this year.
“It was more of a well designed route and it made a lot more sense,” Greene said. “The changes to the route last year were really well received.”
Both the run and the fun walk will begin and end at the Springville Trading Post, 38 Franklin St., where refreshments will be served before and after the race, including coffee donated from Tim Hortons. One year memberships to Springville Health and Fitness and Springcreek Athletic Club will also be raffled off at the end of the run.
An acapella group from Springville-Griffith Institute high school will sing the national anthem before the race. The entry fee for Gobble for Groceries can either be a monetary donation of the participants choosing or a bag of nonperishable groceries.
While the race focuses more on bringing the community together for a fun event before their Thanksgiving festivities rather than focusing on competition, Greene said there will be prizes for first male and female runner over 40-years-old, first male and female runner under 40-years-old and some specialized prizes including who came the furthest and the most original costume.
Volunteers are still needed to sell T-shirts, help with traffic control, registration and other jobs. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Greene at 535-9721. For more information or to get a release form for the event early, visit the Gobble for Groceries Facebook page.