In the News with Rave Reviews
"Popular Give n' Gobble Run Celebrates 10th Year...Over the past 10 years the Give n’ Gobble run, walk and community food drive has received overwhelming support from generous local businesses and an army of loyal volunteers." -Sherwood Gazette
"A perfect start to a day of giving thanks, this celebration has become Sherwood’s most popular holiday tradition as friends and neighbors get together for a healthy run, walk or waddle, that helps put an end to hunger locally." - Pamplin Media Group
"...This one-day event is not only a fun and healthy way to kick off your metabolism with friends and family on Thanksgiving morning, but it also funds our local food bank all year long. Thanks to overwhelming community support, this event has literally helped put an end to hunger at the local level, it also funds the much needed backpack program. This heart-warming initiative provides backpacks filled with nutritious food to school children who don't have enough food to eat over the weekend."
"The Sherwood Give n' Gobble has become one of Oregon's premiere Thanksgiving Day's turkey trots... 'The Give n' Gobble is such an amazing community event. The race truly consumes Sherwood. You are running through neighborhoods where the community greets you on their doorsteps as you run by. This is awesome!' "
~Kelly Johnson, RunOregon Blog, OregonLive
Give More, Gobble Less
"Get these on your radar early...and maybe convice some of your non-running friends or family members to come along...we can all use a little bit of exercise on Turkey Day! Hugely successful Thanksgiving Day run/walk"
~Kelly Moyer, Sherwood Gazette
"Exceeding expectations for an upstart event and raising $5,000 for a local charity"
~ Holly Goodman, The Oregonian
"It was a great way for us to do something active together on what's normally a pretty mellow day," ... "It was wonderful to see such a large turnout for a firsttime event."
~ Providence Health & Services Newsletter
Drive to eliminate hunger...
"I have been wanting to put something like this together for the last couple of years because there are so many runners and walkers in this area that are out there on Thanksgiving rain or shine anyway, so why not do it together and for a good cause. This seemed like the perfect year to start a new tradition," said race organizer Cindy Aggson. The Give n' Gobble team reached their initial goal of raising $5,000 through sponsorships and registration. Some 30 local businesses sponsored the new event."
~ United Methodist Online News, January 2008
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~ Holly Goodman, The Oregonian
A Word from Our Participants
"Great event ... you did a great job. I'm bringing the whole family next year."
~Mark Cottle, former Sherwood Mayor
"Excellent event this year! A Thanksgiving staple ... The Give n' Gobble is such an amazing community event. The race truly consumes Sherwood. You are running through neighborhoods where the community greets you on their doorsteps as you run by. This is awesome! "
-Kirby Davis, collegiate runner, #1 finisher '08 and '09
"Thank you so much! and the volunteers were so nice and helpful, especially those who were cheering for people at the mile check stands."
-Gabi Gavric, 2009 Top Finisher
"WOW! What a fun morning. What a huge project to pull off ... I, my boys, my sister-in-law, and my nieces all had a really great time this morning even in the rain!"
"Congrats on a great race!"
-Kelly Johnson, RunOregon blog, OregonLive
"I had so much fun. It was an amazing event, SO well done!"
-Lisa Peyton, Peyton Media Management, sponsor
"We had so much fun cheering the runners on! Thank you for starting a new Thanksgiving Tradition for our family!"-The Metting Family"Wow, great job putting together the givengobble! What a great turn out and all around fun event. We already decided to make it a Thanksgiving day tradition. Thanks for all your hard work!!!"
"This is the third year I have ran it. I got my PB on the course and plan to beat it next year ...Thanks for putting on such a great event!"
"I love the Give n' Gobble race. It's such a neat idea to give food...Again thank-you for all your work on such a great race."
- Travis Naef
"You did a killer job this year! We had a blast! Awesome!"
"We had a lot of fun and I earned first in my division. Thanks for all your hard work!"
"I can't believe the way the Give n' Gobble brings the community together. This is a fantastic event. I was awe-struck watching the youth from our community loading the donations we collected and filling our green room from wall to wall with food. It was a sight to see. Prior to this event we were only able to give families non-perishable food, but now we can afford to give families milk, eggs, fresh fruit, and vegetables. The Give n' Gobble has allowed us to do so many things. Now with these resources we are even starting a Friday backpack program that so needy children could have enough food to get them through the weekend."
~Gerry Eddy, Helping Hands Co-Director
"Thanks to everyone, we did the event for our third year and had a great time even in the rain!"
"The Give n' Gobble was a ton of FUN and a HUGE SUCCESS. Thank you for your kind heart and inspiring the rest of Sherwood to give back. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!"
"A shout out to the Give n' Gobble for all their hard work putting together the Thanksgiving run/walk in Sherwood!! There was a great turn out! Thanks to their efforts 1,000's of local families will have food on their tables this year!!
~Julie Kimball, volunteer and participant since '07
"It makes you feel so good to do something like this and have it be so successful! I have enjoyed working on this with you for 3 yrs now. The volunteer team is great to work with ... appreciate the spunk and positive attitude and all your encouragement. You really make each of us feel valued and that makes all the "work" worth it!!! Not to mention knowing what we're doing will help SOOOOOO many in need."
~Julie Oliveros, runner and key part of the GnG Team since '07
"The race was really fun and a great challenging course (I did the 10K). Great job and keep up the good work for next year! Thanks so much"
~ Stacy Meshishnek
"Thanks! It was a fantastic run, the route was lovely ... I hope to make GnG an annual tradition!"
"Thank you for what you gave to us. You gave us a wonderful family event that will be part of our holiday tradition. You gave the kids pride in their accomplishment that they are still talking about (my 12 year old kept checking your website to see when the times would be posted-it was cute). You gave hope to the people overcoming their pride to go to a food bank to give their family the essentials they need for their daily living. We were marveling over the fact that the race started on time given the increase in numbers over last year. The parking and logistics were easy. It was such an easy way to give and we got so much more than we gave. Thank you so much!"
"The Give n Gobble was great. I enjoyed volunteering for a few hours. Congratulations on a very successful event... a huge turn-out! I'm already looking forward to next year."
"It was my pleasure to help out and I will do it again next year... It was great to be apart of this! Give your team a huge pat on the back because you all surely did your part to make the world, specifically Sherwood, a better place for us to live and raise our children!! Congrats to you on a successful event!!!!"
~Kristi Teats, volunteer since 2007
"Great job with the race. It was an amazing event and I can only imagine all of the work you put in to pull it off! Thank you!"
~ Sue Hekker
"CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! Well done on such a successful event! Well done!"
"I loved working with them [the course volunteer team]!!! So flexible, helpful, resourceful...and all of those other words that end in -ful. It was a great team! My husband, was so impressed by the signage on the course--especially the 10k/5k split. 10,000 lbs [of food collected] --wow, that is great!"
~Dawn Perazzo, volunteer since 2007
"HOW AWESOME your Thanksgiving Give 'n Gobble event was so strongly embraced by the local, state and muti-state community and doubling your participants from 500 last year to approximately 1000 yesterday, THAT'S VERY COOL!!! Count on the DBP Team for next year ... I'm also very tickled you put our DBP banners and material out front so everyone could glare at the beginning and end of the race/walk -very much appreciated!! YOUR A ROCK STAR!!! I'm very, very proud of all the food/dollars you provided for the food bank!! WOW!!!"
~John Davidson, CEO Davidson Benefits Planning, Platinum Sponsor
"So proud of you! You and your team did a fabulous job; I'm smiling from ear ~ ear as I write this... Mike and I decided to make it part of our annual Thanksgiving Day family tradition. We brought only 7 people this year, next year we'll try to get at least 38."
~Laura Kaiser, President Cruise Control Travel
"Once again a wonderful event. Thank you so much, it is really appreciated among the community. My son and I had a terrific time and look forward to next year!"
-Shelley Churilla, volunteer & participant
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