So it's no coincidence that lots of folks who completed the inaugural Thanksgiving Day Utah Human Race planned to add the event to their annual Thanksgiving celebrations. Last November, the Draper Paper reported on the success of the first annual "Utah Human Race." It was a 5K fun run/walk held to benefit the Utah Food Bank and LDS Humanitarian Services. Over 700 people entered the Race and raised more than $6,000 for the two charities. The race organizers hope to surpass those numbers this year with a goal of 2000 participants and over $20,000 for the charities. The idea to hold the event came after Phil and Heather Goold participated with their extended family in a similar event. The Sacramento "Run to Feed the Hungry" started in 1994 with nearly 800 runners and walkers. That event is now in its 14th year, counts over 200 race volunteers and a remarkable 20,000 runners, and raises an astounding $500,000 with the help of a growing number of corporate sponsors. It has become the Sacramento Valley's largest annual fun run. Several of the Goold's neighbors helped make the initial race a success. Theresa Adair took charge of the graphic arts (TMA Design); Claire Mills designed and hosted the web page, Brad Hill donated his sign expertise and materials (Sign-A-Rama), Cynthia Thorsen solicited donations from local businesses, and numerous others helped with parking, prize giveaways, water stations, registration and race packets, course layout, timing systems, sound systems, signage, and clean-up. Many local businesses donated small prizes that were randomly awarded to participants. The Wyndham Resorts have already donated some five-night resort getaways for this year's event! Several families were amongst the participants in 2006. More than one mother commented how fun it was to do something as a family instead of just sending off the guys to play in their neighborhood Turkey Bowl. One neighborhood even delayed its Turkey Bowl until 9:00 AM so football players could also participate with their families in the fun run. Although most participants were local runners, a few people came from out of state and one even came from Germany! The minimum donation to register for this year's event is $10 per individual, $50 per family. One generous family donated $250 last year. And if you want an event t-shirt, it's only $5 more per person. Participants are urged to bring at least one canned food item to add to the Utah Food Bank barrels at the start line. Pre-registration is highly recommended and can be accessed via their website at www.utahhumanrace.org. The organizers recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the 8:00 AM start this year in order to park, pick up race numbers, and warm up. The event will take place despite normal Utah winter weather! Sacramento has embraced their annual event with both generosity and enthusiasm. The organizers and volunteers with the Utah Human Race know that Utahns are up to the challenge to equal Sacramento's success and make this Draper event a great addition to their own holiday traditions.
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