In the midst of an ongoing pandemic, the planning committee for the Thanksgiving Day Early Bird 5K has made the difficult decision to cancel the event this year. This event was started as a wellness activity for the community and we must remain true to that mission, to host an event with over 500 participants who will all be breathing heavy is not advisable during this crisis. November 26, 2020 should have been the 10th Annual event, and we are devastated to cancel.
The Early Bird 5K race is a family friendly wellness event that is held on Thanksgiving Day to raise money for United Way and to collect canned food for the Pastor’s Pantry and pet food for the Davidson County Animal Shelter. This fundraiser typically raises between $6,000 - $8,500 each year for the United Way, garners over 1,000lbs of food and typically 50+ donations for the Animal Shelter. It is very disappointing to cancel an event that supports so many great organizations in our community.
Participants who received door prizes for free 2020 race vouchers, those will be honored for the 2021 event. To our generous, long standing sponsors-we thank you for your ongoing support. To Black Chicken Coffee who donates their time and their delicious warm drinks for us on race day, please don’t get used to sleeping in on Thanksgiving Day!
We appreciate all the participants and volunteers that have participated in the Early Bird 5K for the past nine years, and we will be looking forward to having the Early Bird 5K in 2021. Stay safe.
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