By Dawn Pearson
Thanksgiving morning in Zionsville will include the pitter patter of runners’ feet burning off calories before the turkey is carved.
The Z’ Gravy Chase run/walk will make its debut Thanksgiving Day to support the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville. The inaugural race is 8:30 a.m. Nov. 23.
The event has 2.5- and 4.5-mile options. Both start and end on Main Street in downtown Zionsville.
“We didn’t want people to have to leave our town in order to participate in a Thanksgiving Day run. It’s a great way to bring families together and raise money for one of our community resources,” said Rob Schein, BAGCOZ board chair and Z’ Gravy Chase founder.
The Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville helps area youth develop the skills, fitness and character they need to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
BAGCOZ Executive Director Tim Fretz said attendance at the two Zionsville clubs has gone from serving 80 to 300 kids per day in the past five years.
Because of the club’s growth, significant funds are needed to sustain daily operations.
“Both local clubs, Club East on Mulberry Street and Club West on County Road 700 East, are running at capacity due to the growth in the community and the change in school times,” Fretz said. “We are hoping to raise $30,000, and proceeds from the race will go directly to serve the youth in our community.”
Many club members are running or volunteering at the event.
Individual registration is $30 before Nov. 15 and family registration, for up to five participants, is $100. Fee includes a dry fit T-shirt. Prices increase to $35 after Nov. 15.
To register and view the course maps, visit bagcoz.org.