When the idea for this race was presented to local runners and businesses, many estimated that between 50 and 75 participants would come out and run on Thanksgiving Day. Indeed, just two days prior to the race, 78 persons had registered. Early on Thanksgiving morning 2005 we came out and marked the course, set out the hot chocolate, and put up our registration table. Then runners and walkers of all shapes and sizes started to arrive. The registration line grew and grew. On that 18 degree autumn morning, over 200 people came out in support of this wonderful community event, and a community tradition was born.
Since 2006, Race to Feed the Hungry events were the largest holiday benefit races of their kind in the entire state of Idaho and generated thousands of dollars for the Idaho Falls Community Food Basket each year.
This year we are preparing for more runners, joggers, and walkers to join us in Freeman Park on Thanksgiving Day. Some will complete the walk, others will jog in the 5K race, and some will fly like the wind in the 10K race. Fast or slow, all will be part of something special.
2018 Race Details:
Our last race, Run for the Cure, was a huge success! We donated 20% of the team registration fees and 10% of each individual registration and were able to raise a substantial amount of money for Eastern Idaho Public Health. In order to maximize the amount of good that we can do here in Idaho Falls, we are going to do the same for the Race to Feed the Hungry!
We are also doing team shirts once again. A team must have at least 10 people registered before Wednesday the 7th of November in order to get their custom team shirts. The 7th will also be the cutoff for this year's commemorative T-Shirt. Anyone registered after the 7th is not guaranteed a shirt.
This year the race will start at 9:00 in the morning at Freeman Park, with announcements and a warm-up led by CrossFit AMROCK at 8:30.
Food Donations will be accepted at packet pick-up as well as on the day of the race.