The 17th annual Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash will begin at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day in Broad Ripple as tens of thousands turn out to support the poor and homeless in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis’ Drumstick Dash, ranked as the 50th largest timed race in the nation by RunSignUp and Running USA has also become one of the largest Thanksgiving Day races in the country and the second-largest race in Indiana. Last year, more than 19,000 runners and walkers gathered to participate in the largest fundraising event to date for Wheeler Mission.
To date, the race is on pace to raise nearly $1 million for Wheeler Mission. All proceeds provide food, shelter, and care for men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in central and south-central Indiana.
“As we reflect on the history of this event, we are extremely proud of what it means to our community and the homeless individuals we serve,” said Steve Kerr, Wheeler Mission’s Executive VP of Advancement and Race Founder. “This fun-filled, family-oriented event offers individuals from all over the state a special way to gather and celebrate Thanksgiving morning while also supporting those who need more help, especially during the holiday season.”
The Drumstick Dash will offer two courses – 4.6 miles and 2.75 miles – both beginning at 9 a.m. A free Lil’ Gobbler’s Run begins at 10:30 a.m. for kids ages 12 and under. Local cover band, Maddie and the Roadies, will provide a pre-race concert as runners and walkers prepare to race.
The 4.6 miles and 2.75-mile race are both $39 for adults and $29 for children ages 8 – 12. Children ages seven and under can participate in either the run for free. Registration prices will increase on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Because of the extraordinary growth of this event, race organizers are capping this year’s Drumstick Dash at 20,000 participants.
This year the Expo will be in the Harvest Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairground and Event Center. All participants must pick up their race day packet before Thanksgiving morning.
To learn more about Wheeler Mission or sign up for the run, visit www.wheelermission.org.