Gobble gobble! A slice of pumpkin pie is about 300 calories. But you can burn that pie off in advance at this year’s Drumstick Dash!
Below, Sandra Chambers from Vision Event Management, tells us what to expect at this year’s event + a few tweaks that should make this year’s race experience the best yet!
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This is Drumstick Dash’s third year in MKE – can you tell us a bit about what makes this race a Thanksgiving favorite?
The Drumstick Dash, presented by Sendik’s, is special because of all the people in Eastern Wisconsin that the race benefits. Our slogan is “Move Your Feet So Others Can EAT” and we partner with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin whose mission is To Feed The Hungry – that’s what this event is all about. It is quickly becoming a Thanksgiving Day tradition for families (along with their guests from out-of-town) to participate in the Drumstick Dash and our Food Drive as the perfect start to the day. You also can’t beat the atmosphere on Thanksgiving morning at a run … Everybody is so happy, anxious and just ready to get moving knowing that the turkey and pie will taste so much better having burned some calories!
We hear this year’s course is a bit different along with the way the race start will work – can you tell us a bit about these changes?
We took the feedback from last year’s participants and made improvements to the course for this year. We still start and finish at the Brewer’s stadium but we’ve tweaked the course to give participants more room to maneuver. We’ve also divided participants into four new divisions: Runners, Runners w/ Strollers, Walkers and Walkers w/ Strollers to make sure those who are aiming for a PR (or to outrun Dash, the Drumstick Dash mascot) will be at the front of the line. We offer a reduced entry fee for children 5-12 years old and kids ages 4 and under are free!
What should participants expect at this year’s event?
Parking for Packet Pickup and on Race day is FREE! Packet Pickup is Wednesday, November 26 (12-6pm) & Thursday, November 27 (7-8:15am) at Miller Park. All participants will receive the 2014 Drumstick Dash long-sleeved shirt, which is in the design process right now!
This year, we will once again have our “Out Run the Turkey” Promotion presented by Performance Running Outfitters. For the runners who think they can outrun Dash, our turkey, we say prove it! The top 5 individuals who can outrun Dash will receive a $20 gift card to Performance Running Outfitters. The next 10 individuals will receive a pie provided by Sendik’s.
What is the Outta Town Dash Around option? How can people sign up?
The Outta Town Dash Around is new this year. We know many people travel for Thanksgiving but still want to participate in the Drumstick Dash. Now they can by registering at www.DrumstickDashMilwaukee.com for the Outta Town Dash Around! Registration includes a race shirt which is mailed to you before Thanksgiving. The idea is to take your shirt with you and run where you are while feeding the hungry and homeless in Milwaukee. Also, if you take a picture in your Dash shirt on Thanksgiving morning – wherever you run – and upload it to our Facebook page, you’ll be entered to win a prize!
Who is this year’s non-profit partner?
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a food bank. Their warehouses in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley distribute more than 22 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 pantries, meal programs and other nonprofit agencies that serve 330,000 people in eastern Wisconsin. Since their first donation of a bushel of apples, they’ve distributed more than 330 million pounds of food to the hungry in Wisconsin!
Can you tell us a bit about the raffle and how runners/walkers can earn raffle tickets? What are the raffle prizes?
Our Food Drive and Donation Collection is an important focus for us and is a great way for participants to help feed the hungry as well as win prizes in the raffle. We encourage all participants to bring their Food/Monetary Donations on Race Day. $1 = 5 Meals for someone in need!
Participants will receive 1 raffle ticket for every $1 or food donation item. Volunteers will be on hand to collect food and issue raffle tickets. Hang on to your raffle tickets and after the race check back at Miller Park to see if you are a lucky winner! Prizes include pies, turkeys and gift certificates.
Any other comments?
Drumstick Dash would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Sendik’s Food Market, for their continued support for Drumstick Dash. Here is a message from Sendik’s to all 2014 participants:
We are thrilled you are joining us on Thanksgiving morning for the third annual Drumstick Dash 5K! Sendik’s is excited to again be part of this Milwaukee Thanksgiving tradition, and we’re very happy to be able to support our friends at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Please remember to bring your non-perishable food items on race day and help us feed the hungry in our community. See you on the course!
Thanks for chatting with us, Sandra! Now for the part you’ve been waiting for … how would you like to win one of two race entries to this year’s Drumstick Dash?
To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell us something you’re thankful for this year.
Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway. We’ll announce the winners on Monday, November 10!
Until then …
Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!
*Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If the prize is not claimed within that time frame, we will select a new winner.