LAWTON, Okla._Hitting the pavement and running for a good cause, Lawton's 4th annual Gobble Wobble kicked off Thursday morning.
About 500 people participated in the race through Elmer Thomas Park and brought donations of non-perishable food items and money to the Lawton Food Bank. The event began with the one mile 'Poult Bolt' and family fun run. At 8:30 a.m., it was time for the 5K Gobble Wobble.
The event was created by RunHers four years ago. The group of women was determined to help others and get fit at the same time.
"We decided as women who are always cooking and taking care of families we wanted to make sure that other families that are less privileged in our community had a good meal throughout the holidays and if not on Thanksgiving Day throughout the holidays when there is so much need," said Lori Cummins, CCMH director of marketing.
Over the past four years, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Run Lawton and the RunHers have been doing exactly that by putting on the race. It's a family affair where even four legged members are invited. Young or old, the spirit of giving and excitement was in the air.
The race is all about filling a truck with non-perishable food for the Lawton Food Bank. Food Bank workers did everything they could to make sure every inch of the truck was covered.
Pastor Bill Schneider, the chairman of the board for the Lawton Food Bank, says one in four children in Southwest Oklahoma goes to sleep hungry, which is why an event like this is so important.
"Each month, we feed about 1,200 families. That's not people, that's families," Schneider said.
The rain hurt this year's attendance. They had 1,500 runners last year, but they hope those numbers will bounce back next year.