85 running enthusiasts braved the cold weather to participate in the 20th annual Turkey Trot 5k and Gobble Wobble kids’ fun run to benefit the Comea Shelter that took place last Saturday, November 2 Holiday Park, sponsored by Moore Insulation, Halladay Motors, Red Lion, Holly Frontier, and Thrivent Financial, with Foot of The Rockies providing the race timers.
The Gobble Wobble portion of the race is a fun run for the kids with someone in a turkey costume leading the children around the park’s lake. When the children finished their fun run the teens and adults gathered at the starting line for the 5K. They unfortunately had to decrease the 5K course down to 2.5 miles due to the still somewhat icy conditions on the course. The top three race winners and their times were; Jeremy Rief 13:30, Kaleb Gissendanner 14:32, and Jason Giroux 15:23. The race
Robin Bocanegra, Comea’s executive director said The Turkey Trot is the shelter’s second-largest fundraiser. She also said, “we had 85 runners and raised approximately $5,000 which is at least half of what we have had enter and raised in the past.” She believes weather could have played a factor in the lower turn out.
When asked what the shelter is in need of most, Bocanegra stated, “People are so generous in this community, they want to go buy something, like socks, shoes, gloves and all these things that we have an abundance of, but our monetary donations are down.” The shelter serves 5,000 meals a month, houses 95 plus people a day on $640,000 a year with $30,000 coming from the City of Cheyenne. Last Friday people woke up in the dormitory complaining it was cold, they found one of the two heaters was not working. It is going to cost around $300 to fix. She said that this is an almost daily thing where something breaks down. In addition to monetary gifts they are also in need of X-Large coats as those seem to be the most needed and they are completely out of them.
Comea’s largest and most popular fundraiser, “Tacos and Tequila,” will be held on February 22, 2020.