WESLEY CHAPEL — Typically, Thanksgiving is a celebration of all things good — family, friends and the soundness of minds and bodies.
It’s also a holiday that kicks off the season for giving.
With those thoughts in mind, organizers of the 2014 Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run invite the public to start Thursday at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel, where through participation you’ll bring smiles to the faces of people in need.
Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. and the 5K race starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 1-mile fun run/walk at 8:15 a.m. Post-race festivities, which will include light snacks and finisher medals for all participants, will run from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The event’s planning partners are FITniche, the Rotary Club of New Tampa and the New Tampa YMCA, and proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of New Tampa charities, Feeding America Tampa Bay and the New Tampa YMCA.
Participants may sign up online at www.wire grasswobbleturkeytrot .com through the end of today for a fee of $30. Thursday’s on-site cost to register is $35.
“We’re really excited about the race this year,” said race administrator Brian Brink, FITniche store manager at the Shops at Wiregrass. “We’ve changed a few things to make it more efficient and I think people will really like them.”
The 2013 event raised about $20,000, an amount Brink hopes will be closer to $30,000 this year.
“We’re looking for a 30 to 40 percent increase in participation this time,” said Brink, who is judging his prediction of the positive feedback from the last event and its wide-range exposure via flyers, on social media and in fitness magazines.
Craig DiCecco, a New Tampa Rotarian, is assisting in the Turkey Trot’s coordination.
“It’s a great event in that it fosters camaraderie and it benefits good causes,” he said.
New Tampa YMCA Executive Director Monica Mirza labeled it a “great family event.”
“It focuses on healthy living, it brings together the community and it benefits local charitable organizations,” she said.
Call Brink at (813) 428-6945 for more information.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at [email protected]