KFB hosting ‘Gobble Wobble’ run on Thanksgiving

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Courtesy Kids' Food Basket

Kids’ Food Basket (KFB) is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day Fun Run in person this year.

The 16th annual KFB Gobble Wobble Fun Run is an all-ages, 4.3-mile run around Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids and is set to take place at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25. Participants can find the starting location of the race at 2425 Lake Drive SE. This year’s fun run also will include a half-mile “Widdle Wobble,” a free race open to all youth.

Those who wish to run in the event’s Gobble Wobble or Widdle Wobble race must register on the Gobble Wobble registration website on or before Nov. 22. Cost of participation is $30 after Nov. 1 or $25 on or before Nov. 1 for the 4.3-mile race. All proceeds will go directly to KFB.

The organization also is asking for volunteers to help on the morning of the race.

“At Kids’ Food Basket, we believe that good food is the foundation of good health. We are further realizing this goal by partnering with our community and other organizations, such as No Surrender Running Club and Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy to bring you health-centered events such as Gobble Wobble,” said Afton DeVos, COO of Kids’ Food Basket. “Join us on Thanksgiving morning and get active while helping to raise critical funds to nourish our neighbors as we enter the holiday season.”

The event will follow COVID-19 protocols and masking, with additional information to be provided as race day approaches.

The fun run is sponsored by Eastbrook Homes, Adventure Credit Union, Kooistra Chiropractic Clinic, No Surrender Running Club and Gazelle Sports.

“We are honored to collaborate with Kids’ Food Basket for the 2021 Gobble Wobble,” said Kellee Donovan, director of community relations of Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy. “Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy is thrilled to be the premier partner for such a great cause and to be a part of a wonderful family-friendly Thanksgiving tradition.”

The Gobble Wobble fun run hosts more than 1,500 participants each year and encourages families, neighbors and their pets to run together on Thanksgiving morning.

KFB’s goal is to increase access to healthy food for children and families and believes food is a right, not a privilege. The organization provides nutritious and ready-to-eat meals to children and families and is working toward a hunger-free West Michigan for all.

Registration for the event is available here. Those wishing to sign up for a volunteer shift can visit this link. 

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