What: Gateway Church’s
Run for the Hungry
When: The run starts at 8:30 a.m., on Thanksgiving Day
Where: Washougal High School, 1201 39th St.
How much: The registration fees, which include T-shirts while supplies last, are $25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 10. Participants can bring a box of canned food as the registration fee, although a T-shirt is not included with this option. Register online at www.gatewayweb.org, or the day of the event from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
In 2010, nearly 500 people got up early on Thanksgiving morning — before even a single morsel of turkey, stuffing or pumpkin pie crossed their lips — and braved the weather to run 3.1 miles to be part of an event that has become an annual tradition.
That Run for the Hungry tradition, now in its ninth year, will again take place on Thursday. But for the first time, it won’t be held at Gateway Church. Instead, due to steadily increasing participation numbers, it will begin and end at Washougal High School. The 5K course will make its way through the parks and neighborhoods of east Washougal.
The run/walk event is a major fundraiser for Gateway Church’s food pantry, which serves approximately 200 families (600 to 800 individuals) in the local area each year.
Donations also support the church’s Thanksgiving and Christmas food box programs, which give local residents in need ingredients for a holiday meal, as well as a selection of toiletries and household cleaning supplies.