If you ran the Drumstick Dash on Thanksgiving Day you should know the work of Wheeler Mission goes on the other 364 days of the year. When this weekend’s cold snap hit, they were ready. Friday night they had around 90 men sleeping on mats on their floors once they had used up all their beds.
Here’s the race wrap from Wheeler’s Development Direction (and running nut) Steve Kerr:
“First let me say how grateful we are that you chose to spend part of your Thanksgiving Day with us at the Drumstick Dash. In its ninth year the Drumstick Dash has grown by 1,085% since that inaugural race in 2003! Needless to say, we are overwhelmed by the community support of this event.
This year alone we grew by 28%. With that kind of growth come some bumps. This year we offered off-site shuttle service from Glendale Mall. Never having offered this service before we had no idea how many runners and walkers would take advantage of the shuttles. Obviously we grossly underestimated the number of people wanting to park and ride, which in turn, caused a slight delay in getting the race started. If you were one of the people delayed by the lack of busses, please accept my apology and know that we’ve already addressed this issue for next year.
Next year will mark the 10th annual event, and we are already working hard to make it the best ever!
Thanks again for supporting Wheeler Mission through the Drumstick Dash. Your race entry will help provide vital services to the homeless of our community.”
Chief Development Officer