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Dave's Turkey Chase moving to a Virtual Gobble Wobble for 2020

Burn off the holiday calories while helping those in need in a virtual format. While the in-person race was canceled, the Virtual Gobble Wobble is still on!
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TOLEDO, Ohio — The in-person race may be canceled, but you can still go for a Thanksgiving morning run to keep the Dave’s Turkey Chase tradition alive and support the Cherry Street Mission Ministries!

The 5K and one mile walk, usually held at the WTOL 11 studios and throughout downtown Toledo, was canceled in favor of the Virtual Gobble Wobble only.

The decision to move to the virtual event only was made following Gov. DeWine's guidance and ProMedica's request to pull back from unnecessary contact with others. ProMedica's experts are urging everyone to stay home and not go out unless necessary as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

“Dave’s forty-seven year mission to facilitate a healthy lifestyle while giving back to our community is what drives our decision to transition from an in-person to a virtual-only event,” said Aaron Z. Haydu, communication director of Dave’s Running Shop. “It’s our responsibility as leaders in the community to heed the advice and guidance of the experts and voluntarily do what’s best for everyone."

“More than ever, we need our community to come together to take the actions we know reduce transmission. Washing your hands, watching your distance and wearing a mask really do make a difference. It’s a minor inconvenience, but it actually saves lives,” said Dr. Brian Kaminski, ProMedica's vice president of quality and patient safety.

With the Virtual Gobble Wobble, you can choose your own safe course to run or walk your 5K and track the time it takes you to reach your "virtual" finish line.

Then, you can submit your time and photos to be included in the online album.

This year, instead of awards at the end of the race, there will now be a pie raffle. 150 Schmucker’s homemade pies will be given out at random during packet pickup, which will still take place.

If you want to follow the tradition, you can start your race at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

Registration for the Virtual Gobble Wobble closes on Nov. 25 at 6:59 p.m. 

Everyone currently registered will have their registrations converted to the Virtual Gobble Wobble and will be notified by email and social media of the changes to expect.

For more information and to register online, follow the link here.