On the turkey’s trail

A longstanding fundraiser is set to resume this weekend, with proceeds to benefit athletes at Laramie High School.

The Gobble Wobble 5k is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at LHS, 1710 Boulder Dr. Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt and refreshments.

The race course will talk runners and walkers through the Grand View Heights neighborhood east of the school. New this year, a volunteer dressed as a turkey will run the race along with fellow participants. Anyone who beats the turkey will receive a prize.

Race director and LHS cross country coach Greg Schabron said proceeds will benefit the LHS TRACC Club, or Track, Running and Cross Country Club. Specifically, proceeds will be used to purchase uniforms and equipment for the team, fund team travel and support athletes who need help purchasing shoes.

“Every year, we have a couple kids who can’t afford running shoes,” he said. “Confidentially, we have them speak to us, and we go to a local score and they pick out a pair of running shoes and the TRACC Club pays for them.”

TRACC Club funding allows the team to attend meets out of state and contributes to the cross country team attending a camp at the start of the fall semester, he said.

“It’s definitely helps with all the additional expenses that come along with the sports here,” Schabron said.

The Gobble Wobble 5k, which also includes a one-mile walk, is the main fundraiser of the year for the club.

Schabron said the race, which is now in its 21st year, has many supporters in the LHS community and the Laramie community in the form of volunteers and donors.

“We have some very, very gracious people around town willing to give us quite a bit of money,” he said. “They’ve been very good to us for many, many years.”

The Gobble Wobble 5k will take place as scheduled regardless of the weather, Schabron said.

“We plan on holding the event whether it’s freezing cold outside or not,” he said.

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