Gobble Gait will celebrate 20 years of raising money to benefit Hastings Family Service with the 2K and 8K races this upcoming Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 23.
Since starting Gobble Gait in 1998, it has raised $1.4 million for Hastings Family Service.
"I remember it like it was yesterday," said Mary Fasbender, Gobble Gait organizer. "It was a beautiful day ... and there was just 400 casual people going out for a walk."
Gobble Gait has grown to expect more than 2,500 participants. Since their humble beginnings, Fasbender said that the event has continued to grow; they've never gone backward in participation or dollar donation.
It wasn't until the five-year mark that the organizers of Gobble Gait began to realize that it was a Thanksgiving tradition. During that year in 2002, they donated $26,000 and 1,000 pounds of food to Hastings Family Service. Most recently, in 2016, the event raised about $128,000.
"It's amazing, that's why we live here," Fasbender said.
Fasbender said that the support that Gobble Gait has received from the community is incredible. There is excitement throughout the town when the signs start going up about Gobble Gait, she said. The lives that they are able to help through what they do makes it worth it. She said that having fun and helping people is what the community is all about.
"We're proud of what we've done and I don't see it going away," she said.
To register for Gobble Gait, visit www.gobblegait.com/registration. The cost for the 8K is $35 and the cost for the 2K is $10. A family can register for the 2K at a cost of $30. More information is available on the event website.
The registration tent will be located on Second and Ramsey streets Nov. 23 at 7 a.m. The 8K will start at 8:30 a.m. on Second Street, just east of Sibley Street. The 2K will start immediately after the start of the 8K race.
The Spiral Singers from Hastings Middle School will perform that National Anthem before races begin.
Parking will be available on side streets on the East or West side of Highway 61 south of Second Street, except for the area on Second Street between Highway 61 east to the railroad tracks.
Several downtown Hastings businesses will be open on Thanksgiving morning. Open businesses will include: American Legion, 2nd Street Depot Bar and Grill, BreakAway Cafe, Busted Nut, El Mexican Restaurant, Fireside Social House, Lock and Dam Eatery, The Onion Grille, Creative Hair Design, Lah-Tee-Dah Boutique and Second Childhood Toy Store.