Gobble Wobble run for charity

2011-Turkey1Running for a cause is what the Chico State kinesiology 430, “Administration of Sport and Fitness Programs,” class had in mind when it set out to coordinate the annual Gobble Wobble Run, which took place Saturday
Nov. 9.

This year was the 14th annual race the class designed. It was held at Upper Bidwell Park and had three different choices for all running levels, including a one-mile fun run, a 5k and a 10k.

Junior Nicole Schaller, who won the 10k race, said the reason she chose to participate this year was because she enjoys running, nature and because it supported a great cause.

“Running in the Gobble Wobble was super fun because I was able to run with friends in an enjoyable course for an overall fun Saturday morning event,” Schaller said.

The run is used as a fundraiser to give one-half of the monetary proceeds to a local charity. This year the class chose to give to the “Not One More” charity. The “Not One More” charity helps educate families about the hazards of drug abuse. The other half of the proceeds goes toward helping students in the program pay registration fees to attend coaching clinics and seminars. Monetary proceeds come from the registration cost, which includes donations from the one-mile runners and $15 to $25 for racers in the 5k and 10k.

Ryan Teesdale, who ran in the 10k, said he tries to run in all the activities put on around campus because he enjoys the challenge of running and the Gobble Wobble didn’t fail to be a challenge for him.

“It was a very fun race because the course was well marked and they had great prizes for the winners of each division and overall winners of the race,” Teesdale said. “The race was for a great cause, the weather was perfect and the people who put the event on made it really enjoyable.”

Activities such as this, help gather people of all ages from within the Chico community. This run held participants whose ages ranged from four to 70 years old.

Dillon Collins, a a senior exercise physiology major, ran in the 5k at the Gobble Wobble.

“Participating in the 5k was a ton of fun, they gave away lots of awesome prizes and snacks from local businesses,” Collins said. “The course was really pretty at Upper Bidwell and it is something I would definitely do again and recommend to others for next year.”


Jordyn Provence can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_sports on Twitter