Thanksgiving Wattle deemed a “great success”

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Not even the transition to a virtual format could stop the community from participating in the ninth annual Thanksgiving Wattle in Grove City. Throughout the morning and afternoon on Nov. 26 and 27, hundreds of walkers, runners and cycling enthusiasts hit the charted 5K and 12-mile courses established throughout the city by event planners. Mark Sigrist, the event director, said that while the current environment did cause a reduction in participation compared to previous years, he still considered it to be a “great success” as the primary objective to raise funds for the Grove City Food Pantry was met. Shown here are a few scenes captured during the annual Wattle on Thanksgiving Day.
Above, Austin Evans, 6, participates in the kids race portion. The avid racer said he was pleased with his time but “could have done better.”
Andrea Richards and her daughter, Eleanor gear up for the journey. The Richards family drove from Dayton to participate in their first Wattle.
The biking enthusiasts get ready to take off on a 12-mile route throughout the city.
Suzanna Miller (left), Patty Miller (center) and Mallory Dixon (right) pose before setting off on the 5K course surrounding Grove City High School. Patty Miller, of Grove City, said she only drags this hat out of the box for special occasions.
The 5K was not just for the humans – plenty of canines got in on the action too.
Barb Breithaupt, a festively adorned resident of Grove City, gets ready to celebrate as she finishes the 5K.
Among the hundreds of walkers, runners and bicycling enthusiasts who participated in the virtual Thanksgiving Wattle in Grove City on Nov. 26 was westside resident Derek Somers. Here, he proudly displays the medal he received for completing the 5K course which was established throughout the city.

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