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Gobble Wobble race grows in 13th year

Megan Hix

By Megan Hix
Nov. 16, 2017 at noon

Runners participating in the 5K run burst forward from the starting line on the Paul G. Boorman Trail at the 2016 Gobble Wobble Fun Run benefiting Newgate Mission .

In the past 12 years, Newgate Mission's Gobble Wobble has become a Thanksgiving institution, but in its first year under Newgate Executive Director Hollie Bruce, it's aiming even higher.

The Gobble Wobble kicks off at 9 a.m. Nov. 18 with registration for the 1-mile, 5K and 10K races beginning at 8 a.m. at the Loop 281 entrance of the Paul G. Boorman Trail.

Bruce, who was appointed to the executive director position in August, is expanding this year's event with a silent auction.

"We haven't done this before, but it allows our businesses to be involved," Bruce said. "Especially for small businesses, it's easier to give a gift than cash, and we want them to have that opportunity."

More than 20 items will be up for bid from Morgan Abbigail, Barron's, Ellie Bee's, It'll Do Deli and other local businesses.

Bruce said she hopes to raise $50,000, up from last year's $30,000. More than 400 runners are expected to turn out, with prizes for the biggest teams and those who collect the most donations.

"Some of the people who come to this event have really made it a family tradition and come every single year," Bruce said. "We just want to get people out there to learn more about what Newgate does."

Newgate serves about 200 meals each day to people who are homeless or struggling to put food on the table. It also provides job skills training, access to computers and showers and more.

"We serve anyone who walks through our door," Bruce said. "And food is such a basic need. If you don't know when you're going to eat next, you can't do a lot of other things."

Mission Manager Demetria Anderson said racers can expect to see her at the trail, cheering them on. She said the funds will help Newgate Mission meet basic needs, such as medical care and transportation.

"The fun run inspires people to give so that we can feed people in mind, body and spirit," Anderson said. "We aren't enabling people, we are empowering them."

Registration for the race is free, but donations are encouraged.

"Thanksgiving season reminds us of what we do have and what we should be grateful for," Bruce said. "Our individuals at Newgate, it's amazing how thankful they are for the services we provide, which can be as simple as one meal, and the gratitude they have is overwhelming."



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