This Thursday morning (Thanksgiving), thousands of people will be running in the Utah Human Race. Not all Utahns will be lucky to have a delicious turkey and Thanksgiving meal, and this race will help provide those who are hungry in Utah, with food. Ginette Bott from the Utah Food Bank, joined Brian Carlson with more on how you can help.
This is the 12th annual Utah Human Race, which is always held on Thanksgiving morning. This year it happens on November 23. It is one of the largest 5K/10K events in the state, and all proceeds directly benefit Utah Food Bank.
Last year we had close to 5,000 participants in this family-friendly event, all running with an attitude of gratitude. The goal of the Utah Food Bank is to have 6,000 participants this year. With that estimate, it would be enough to provide 1 meal to each of the 392,000 Utahns facing hunger.
Bott says all ages and speeds are welcome, and costumes are highly encouraged. The race takes place at the Draper Spectrum (VF Outlet). The 5K begins at 8:00 am, and the 10K begins at 7:30am.
Online registration closes on November 20th at noon. Registration fees are $20 per person for the 5K and $25 per person for the 10K, if you register online by noon on Monday. Bott says if you miss online registration, you can come to Utah Food Bank in-person on Wednesday between 8am – 8pm to register. However, you will not be guaranteed this year’s race shirt. Registration fees will also increase to $30 per person for the 5K, and $35 for the 10K.
The Utah Food Bank hosts the annual Holiday Food and Fund Drive from October 15th-January 15th to help stock the shelves of Utah Food Bank and emergency food pantries statewide through the holidays and into the early spring months. On average, The Utah Food Bank has over 500 community groups and businesses across the state register food drives.
The Holiday Food & Fund Drive is sponsored by Cherry Creek Media, Delta Air Lines, Harmons, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, Riverton Chevrolet and Wells Fargo.
Bott encourages food donations, time or money to those who want to get involved in other ways.
She says 1 in 6 Utah kids will likely miss a meal today due to lack of resources, and 392,000 Utahns are unsure where their next meal will come from.
Last fiscal year, the Utah Food Bank distributed 38.1 million pounds of food, which is the equivalent of 31.8 million meals for Utahns in need. Utah Food Bank provides food to a statewide network of 141 emergency food pantries and agencies. The charity turns every $1 donation into $7.81 worth of goods and services, so your donation goes much further than you might think!