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Gobble Wobble run enters its 11th year

Dustin Taylor

By Dustin Taylor
Nov. 18, 2015 at 4:30 a.m.

Runners make their way down the Paul Boorman Trail while participating in the 2013 Newgate Mission's Gobble Wobble run.

The annual Gobble Wobble is set Saturday at Paul G. Boorman Trail on Loop 281.

The Newgate Mission fundraising event is the only true fundraiser the nonprofit agency sponsors each year, said Kristi Bogle-Sherman, executive director of the mission.

"So we are really trying to grow it, little by little each year," Bogle-Sherman said.

Gobble Wobble, in its 11th year, is a free fun run that Newgate uses as a means to raise money to help support the various services it offers.

From lunch to transportation to doctor's appointments, Newgate provides a variety of services to members of the community who need a helping hand.

Through the assistance of local groups, Newgate offers programs that enable HIV education, dental education and more.

For the first time at the Gobble Wobble, there will be items up for grabs as part of several raffles.

"Everything goes to benefit Newgate. We feed people, and that costs money," Bogle-Sherman said.

"We also offer classes. Right now we're offering a Getting Ahead class for the first time."

Bogle-Sherman emphasized that the Gobble Wobble is meant to be a fun, family event.

"Truly, we want it to be fun for all ages. To that end, the first 500 participants get a medal, and kids love that," she said.

"We're gonna have music this year. That's another new thing. That always ups the fun factor of any event, I think. We haven't done that in the past."

At the run, a tent will be sent up for people who want to find out how they can help Newgate during Christmas season.

"Lots of people are always asking me what they can do to get involved at Christmas, so we're going to have a tent just about Christmas at Newgate," Bogle-Sherman said.

Registration for the event starts at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 21, with the race starting at 9 a.m. at Paul G. Boorman Trail on Loop 281 across from Austin Bank.

The run is free, but donations are accepted.

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