Thanksgiving race

Give ’N Gobble 5K co-founders Michael Anne Butts (left) and Cheryl Waters (right) pose with Gisela Olalde of Nashville on Thanksgiving Day 2019 after Olalde crossed the finish line as the top female finisher in the charity race in Dickson. The annual race will be held this year as usual, while other Thanksgiving races in Middle Tennessee have switched to a virtual-only format. SEAN BARRY

The seventh annual Give ’N Gobble 5K race for charity is drawing high registration numbers this year, according to a lead organizer of the annual Dickson Thanksgiving event.

“We’re ahead of where we were last year at this time,” Michael Anne Butts, who co-founded the event with Cheryl Waters, said last week. Online registration continues until Sunday, Nov. 22.

She noted that other Middle Tennessee races for charity on Thanksgiving have gone virtual-only because of COVID-19 precautions this year, a format in which participants run alone in an area of their choosing.

“We’re the only live race that we’re aware of in this area,” she said, adding that some participants this year are usual participants in some of the races that have gone virtual-only.

Butts said there is a virtual option for the Give ’N Gobble, though it is not related to COVID-19 as it has existed in previous years. She has fielded many runners’ inquiries as to the status of this year’s race.

“We are always happy to say it is a live race,” she said.

There will be changes this year, though not because of the coronavirus, she said.

She said start times will be split, with the Give ’N Gobble 5K beginning at 8 a.m. and the Giving Mile Walk/Run at 8:15 a.m. This change was in the making before the pandemic, she said.

She said last year there were 1,235 registrants, and nearly 1,100 participated. That turnout rate was better than expected, she said, as runners from all over the nation routinely sign up and for various reasons some cannot make it.

Proceeds from the race, which are from registration fees, go to the Dickson County Help Center. Last year’s donation was $35,000.

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