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'Gobble Wobble' organizers hope to top last year's donation
'Gobble Wobble' organizers hope to top last year's donation

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Thousands of people are expected to break a sweat this Thanksgiving to help feed children in need.

This is the sixth year for the "Gobble Wobble," presented by Gazelle Sports.  The 4.1 mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at East Grand Rapids Middle School.   The  “Widdle Wobble,” a one mile run for children, kicks off at 8:05 a.m.  Runners, walkers, strollers and leashed dogs are welcome to take part in the Gobble Wobble, which is not timed.

“It’s a great way to get the whole family, including out-of-town visitors, together to promote healthy living,” says race director Michelle Schiefen.

 Last year, more than 2,000 people started off their holiday with the Gobble Wobble, raising $10,000 for Kids’ Food Basket, a non-profit organization focused on ending childhood hunger.

“It’s fun to see the community come together to take part in this event,” says Ashley Abbott, outreach and development coordinator for Kids’ Food Basket. “Kids’ Food Basket is 100 percent privately funded, so partners like Gazelle Sports allow us to make a difference in the community.”

Organizers of the Gobble Wobble are bringing the post-run pie eating contest back again this year for five contestants looking to indulge.  All participants can enjoy donuts and cider from Robinette’s Apple Haus following the run.

Post race activities also include face painting and balloon animals, bag decorating for Kids' Food Basket and giveaways.

Late registration begins at 7 a.m. Thursday in the East Grand Rapids Middle School Cafeteria. The day-of cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and under, and includes an event shirt.  Participants are also encouraged to bring donations to Kids’ Food Basket, including cracker packs, fruit juice boxes, and fruit, pudding and gelatin cups.


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