First, make sure to check out our website to learn all about the race!
This isn’t your average 5k run/1k walk. By combining two Thanksgiving traditions; a charity 5k/1k on Thanksgiving morning with the traditional love affair of Thanksgiving Day football, Newberg’s only Thanksgiving Day Run is sure to be a hit.
The Great Turkey Fumble possess multiple benefits: 1) providing support for the Newberg community through the financial and non-perishable food aid; 2) creating a family-fun event that is enjoyable for multiple ages on a day that celebrates family and; 3) promoting a healthy life-style on a day that often is a day of sitting and eating for most.
*Remeber to bring two non-perishable food items. This helps FISH restock their shelves immediately this holiday season.
Here’s the run-down (pardon the pun!)
First, it is a 5k run/1k walk. Everyone runs 5 kilometers or walks 1 kilometer! (1k see below.)
5 kilometers is equal to 3.2 miles and the fastest it was ever completed was just 12 minutes and 37 seconds! But not to worry, this 5k is not about running it as fast as possible. It’s about having fun combining the Thanksgiving day tradition of American Football, embracing the fall weather, and supporting those in our community. Run it, walk it, skip it, or crawl it. There’s no requirement and we don’t care! It’s just an accomplishment to finish. But this 5k is unique, as every 1.5 kilometer, you’ll take a quick break and take your shot at a football skill challenge.
Runners will begin at Jaquith Park and run until they successfully catch the football-collecting-turkey, where they will retrieve a football. Not only will they carry and use that football for the remainder of the race, but that football is an event souvenir to keep!
Or walk with us….
1k Walk Participants: we want you to participate, no matter what distance you can go. Come join and walk a 1k. You will still have the opportunity to participate in the football challenges and all of the festivities, but without the running. (Some argue this is the smarter option of the day!)
Benefitting Newberg FISH Emergency Food Services
While the event has many positive outcomes, the biggest is the financial support and food donations raised on the behalf of Newberg FISH.
Newberg FISH focuses its efforts on providing emergency food services, as well as cooperating with other local agencies to help people meet other critical needs such as housing, medical and dental care, and job placement. Newberg FISH staff members are 100% volunteer, as they have been since their founding in 1970.
Last year, Newberg FISH assisted 16,388 people (average 1,366 each month) and 4,648 households (average 387 each month). 2017 marked their 47th anniversary.