Nine years ago, it started with a goal to help feed those in
need. Today, the Race to Feed the Hungry is one of the top races in eastern
Idaho and they are helping a record number of people.
They lined up bright and early. And after a brief warm up
from a frosty stage, the runners were ready.
This may not be the traditional way of celebrating
Thanksgiving but a growing number of people are saying it’s the only way.
“Two reasons to participate in this event is that you get a
chance to help those in our community that have a real need,” said Michael
Hays, Event Director. “And second of all, there’s no better way to get
energetic fun and burn a few calories than Race to Feed the Hungry.”
Every year this event gets bigger and Michael says they have
some special things planned for next year.
“Just this week, we had more registrations in two days than
we had total participants in the first four years,” said Hays. “We’ve seen
tremendous growth in the people who come out just to help and support the food bank
and we’ve seen a lot more competitive runners.”
Runners like Alethea Cox who ran the race with her family.
“I think it’s a great way to have fun as a family and start
off a great Thanksgiving, be happy that we can move and have our vitality in
life,” said Cox.
It’s estimated that more than 25,000 people will seek assistance
from our local food banks this year and the entry fees from the 2,500 runners
in the Race to Feed the Hungry should go a long ways to help.
It’s not too early to sign up for next year’s race. You can
find more information by following a link on our website.
Race to Feed the Hungry