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13th annual GobbleGait is Nov. 25

It began as a small race to help Hastings Family Service.

After 12 years, GobbleGait can report it has raised more than $425,000 for Hastings Family Service (and thousands of pounds of food). In 2009, GobbleGait raised $75,000 and more than 3,000 pounds of food for Hastings Family Service. A total of 2,200 runners participated.

The 13th annual GobbleGait will be held Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 25, beginning in downtown Hastings. The 8K race and 2K fun run are through the historic Hastings area.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at RJ's Tavern on Main, with the run and race starting at 8:30 a.m.

Registration can be completed online through the running Room website: Registration can also be done with paper forms. They are available at MDK Design for Hair, Radke and Mohrhauser, RJ's Tavern on Main, Hastings Family Service and Hastings Area YMCA. The form can also be downloaded from the GobbleGait website:

Registration can also be completed at the pre-race party from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at RJ's Tavern on Main the Wednesday night before the race or race day starting at 6:30 am. Additional fees apply. All proceeds from the spaghetti dinner Wednesday, Nov. 24 at RJ's Tavern on Main benefit Hastings Family Service.

Hastings Family Service uses the funds to buy food and to provide other assistance to families in the Hastings community who are in need.

More information about this year's GobbleGait is available at

Major sponsors for 2010 are Treasure Island Resort and Casino, The Running Room, Thrivent Financial, Vermillion Bank, Sieben Polk Law Firm, Wells Fargo, Merchants Bank, Keystone Real Estate, Hastings Star Gazette, Graphic Design, Marathon Mobile Homes, Endres Processing LLC, Hastings Area YMCA, Maguire Agency, Innovative Surfaces, Connell's Custom Exteriors, Minnesota Coaches/Hastings Bus Co., Edina Realty, Jerry and Sue Bezdicek, Summit Orthopedics -- Dr. Jerry Perra, UPS Store, Cub Foods, Polka Dot Dairy, Emily's Bakery and Deli, Radke and Mohrhauser, MDK Design for Hair and DJAY Sound and Light.